Racing in the UK & Ireland on Thursday 17 August takes place at Ayr, Beverley, Leopardstown, Salisbury, Tramore, Windsor and Wolverhampton.
One of our fancies comes at Windsor, for the third fixture of the 2023 Racing League, where a Rod Millman filly can defy a 6lb penalty to complete the hat-trick.
4.40 Salisbury – Queen Regent @ 2/1
John and Thady Gosden’s filly Queen Regent has shown a lot of potential in her three appearances so far, but there is likely to be a lot more to come from her, especially now she is in handicap company.
The daughter of Roaring Lion got off the mark at the second attempt on the AW at Newcastle (1m) where she won going away from her rivals. She then did not settle very well at Wolverhampton (1m2f) on her latest outing, but she was still able to come home second behind a smart horse from Richard Hughes’ yard.
The well-bred filly features on the Betfred Betfinder as one of the Most Napped selections today. She is stepping up in distance to 1m4f, and the way she has shaped so far suggests she will appreciate this extra stamina test.
5.00 Windsor – Chinese Knot @ 11/4
Chinese Knot is bidding to complete a hat-trick at Windsor this evening when she features in the opening race of the Racing League card from the royal course. She has been able to record back-to-back victories at Yarmouth (5f) and Chepstow (6f) respectively.
Rod Millman’s filly stepped up to 6f on her latest appearance at Chepstow and the extra 1f proved not to be a problem for her. She powered to the front of the field inside the closing stages of the race to record a three-length margin of success.
The daughter of Kodiac is set to go up to a mark of 84 in the future so despite having a 6lb penalty in this nursery, she is still 1lb well off at the weights. Expect the sprinter to extend her winning run on the track this season.
5.30 Windsor – Capote’s Dream @ 11/2
Two-time C&D winner Capote’s Dream often produces his best performances at this course. In six starts here, he has only once finished outside of the frame.
The experienced gelding has been going close to success recently but has just been missing out on the top prize. He finished third at Newmarket (6f) on his penultimate outing, while on his latest start, he was second at Goodwood (6f). The handicapper has put him up just 1lb for that near miss earlier this month.
Tom Ward’s runner should appreciate the fast ground at Windsor for this meeting. The tongue-tie and visor have both worked well on the horse this season and they remain on the gelding as he bids to record the sixth success of his career.