Horse Racing
Windsor Castle Stakes – Form Comments

22/06/2018 18:40

Listed – 1000m – Turf

1 Cococabala Has plenty of experience with four starts and two wins. Latterly he sprang a mini surprise when outgunning a highly touted newcomer over 1100m at Wetherby. Fast ground is ideal.
2 Dom Carlos Improved very significantly on his third and latest start with a powerful front-running performance over this distance on fast ground at The Curragh earlier this month, never looking likely to be caught.
3 Hit The Track Jack Very inexperienced and keen on his first start but much better second time when he bagged the rails and led throughout at Lingfield with first and second clear of the third. That was on slower ground than is expected here but he is clearly fast.
4 Isle Of Innisfree As frequently happens with this stable he made a lot of improvement from his first to his second start, quickening well in that Navan maiden but just unable to beat a determined winner. More progress expected.
5 James Watt Clearly very speedy, having won both starts – each time with a little bit to spare. Most recently he still looked inexperienced when winning at Windsor and, though the form of that race is not particularly strong, he should progress further.
6 Jungle Inthebungle Has won two of his three starts, the first win on the all-weather but latterly showing plenty of speed from the start to beat today’s rival Tin Hat by 1/2L in a 1000m Beverley conditions’ race that has often resulted in good subsequent form. 
7 Junius Brutus This French-trained colt has not seen a rival in either of starts, leading all the way at La Teste and then in a conditions event at Maisons-Laffitte last month. Likely to face quicker ground than on either of those starts, but he’s clearly very smart.
8 Kapono Third behind two subsequent winners on his debut at Brighton last month, he then led 200m out and outspeeded his rivals on a slow surface over this distance at Goodwood.
9 Kessaar The stable won this two years ago and this colt was a close second in a 1200m York maiden event last month. Might have won that if he hadn’t been hampered by the winner. Admittedly third and fourth in that event have both run poorly since.
10 Life Of Riley A comfortable winner of a fast-ground novices’ event over this distance at Ripon on his second start. Did well from an unfavourable gate when 3L fourth of ten to today’s rival Jungle Inthebungle at Beverley this month.
11 Lihou A winner on his second start on the Kempton all-weather, the second horse having boosted the form winning twice since. Just held in the closing stages of a good conditions race at Chester subsequently.
12 Li Kui Promising on his first two starts – including over 1200m – he then won a 1000m novices’ event at Catterick, looking beaten but fighting hard to lead right on the line. 
13 Mayson Mac Made a winning start at Musselburgh back in March but only had to beat two rivals on the heavy ground there. Both his subsequent starts have been fair but he probably needs slow ground to flourish.
14 Murqaab Came close to winning a novices’ event at Doncaster on his second start, a good effort considering he raced much too freely. However facts and figures suggest that he didn’t improve on that when fourth at Leicester subsequently.
15 Mutawaffer Woken up by his first race, and he showed lots of speed to lead all the way over 1200m at Goodwood last month. His trainer says the drop back to this trip is no problem opting for this lesser grade rather than a G2 earlier in the week.
16 North Wind Down to 1000m for his third start having performed modestly by his stable’s lofty standards in two starts so far. He has looked inexperienced each time.
17 Rockin Roy Won on his first start, at Beverley and has run to a similar level in two stronger events since. Disputing the lead throughout, he was just held in a tight finish at Carlisle this month. His three starts have all come on fast ground.
18 Rolling King A winner at Chantilly over 1000m on his debut. At the same track he stepped up to 1200m for a conditions’ race but just failed to contain a lesser fancied stablemate in the closing stages. Returns to 1000m and onto quicker ground for this smart colt.
19 Sabre Showed unusual speed from an impossible looking position after being continually hampered to win on the all-weather on his April debut. A really good second in a Sandown Listed event followed last month. A very interesting contender.
20 Soldier’s Call On the strength of a very encouraging first run he was made an odds-on favourite to win at Haydock this month, leading throughout for a comfortable win in that novices’ event.
21 Thegreatestshowman Disappointing on his second start – reportedly not lasting the stiff 1200m at Pontefract when favourite – but he redeemed his reputation when winning at Brighton earlier this month. Idled in front there, so may be played late.
22 Tin Hat From a stable that have already had a Royal Ascot winner this week. Tin Hat was a winner on his second start – at Brighton – but his best performance was this month when pushing a smart rival all the way to the wire at Beverley.
23 Van Beethoven Has shown plenty of promise on all three starts, leading throughout over 1200m at Naas last month on his second start and then runner-up to a smart stablemate in a Listed event at The Curragh. Drops back to the minimum distance here.
24 Well Done Fox An expensive purchase who has run well on his last two starts and looks like an out-and-out 1000m colt. He comfortably beat three rivals on easy ground at Salisbury most recently.
25 World Order Had gone close to winning on slow ground on his debut but then handled quick conditions really well when a close second in a good novices’ event at York. Always close up, he kept battling all the way to the line.
26 Chapelli Her two runs – and wins – have come this month, at Catterick and York. Each time she has led from the start and narrowly held off rivals. She looks brave. Likely to race very prominently again especially as she has stamina in her pedigree.
27 Moonlight Romance Her US-based trainer has won this twice before. This filly has shown a lot of speed on both starts especially when putting 5 1/2L between herself and her nearest rival in a maiden over 1000m on a fast turf surface at Belmont last month.
28 Queen Of Bermuda A decisive winner on her last two starts. Latterly she led from the gates and shot clear of her rivals in the closing stages at Windsor. From a top stable, this talented filly is sure to be fancied in this stronger contest.