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Windsor best bet 1915: Course-distance specialist Amazonian Dream in frame under Oisin Murphy

There’s some more decent Flat racing to enjoy at Windsor on Monday evening, and this intriguing six-furlong handicap sees eight capable sprinters line up to contend for the biggest prize on the card.

19:15 Windsor: Fitzdares Sprint Series Handicap  (6 furlongs)

That prize appears to be there for the taking for Shagraan, who was far from disgraced in coming fifth of 28 in the Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes at Royal Ascot 10 days ago, and looks a strong contender to repeat his last success over this course and distance on this very day last year.

Michael Appleby’s three-year-old steps back up to his preferred trip here, and with Tom Marquand back at the reins, they make a formidable team in this company.

Elsewhere, Rohaan has won bigger affairs than this, but tends to save his best displays for big-field handicaps, while course-distance winner Aramis Grey must be considered an each-way option after making the frame in six of her last seven outings, including four near-miss seconds. 

Haymaker has finished behind just one of his 20 rivals across three outings this term, and Hughie Morrison’s five-year-old arrives on the brink of a hat-trick after squeezing home by a nose at Goodwood three weeks ago.

His three-pound hike pitches him into much stronger company here, however, which leads us to look down the card for bottom-weight Amazonian Dream to start as our best-value bet.

Ron Millman has sent his five-year-old to this venue for her last five starts over this very course and distance, and has been rewarded with two tidy wins, the most recent of which was by a cosy 2½ lengths in late May.

Suggested best bet: Amazonian Dream each-way in the 19:15 at Windsor

He was last seen finishing a respectable third of 14 here a fortnight ago, and despite the step up in class here, he should remain competitive off an unchanged mark.

Significantly, Oisin Murphy was on board for his most recent success two outings ago, and the in-form jockey is rebooked here boasting red-hot form that has seen him surge 17 wins clear of his nearest rival William Buick in the champions jockey table.


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