Today's Horse Racing Tips: Edraak to strike at Windsor

Today's racing tips at Windsor.
Today's racing tips at Windsor.

The Flat season is about to step up a gear with the Craven meeting at Newmarket set to start tomorrow. Today marks the opening fixture of the year at Windsor, and I have picked out one bet for the feature race there at 15:40. I’m scheduled to be interrogated by the dental hygienist at that time, so I’m hoping I can rearrange my appointment to be able to watch the race. Wish me luck!

Windsor Tip

15:40 – 6f Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 535 Handicap (Class 3)

After finishing second on his racecourse debut, EDRAAK (NAP – 2 point win bet at 7/2) was sold by Hamdan Al Maktoum and joined Michael Appleby from Owen Burrows. It was no surprise to see him make his debut for the yard on the All-Weather and he recorded a very comfortable three-length win over six furlongs at Newcastle. His six starts since have produced another convincing win (by 2.75-lengths at Chelmsford) and three close placed efforts. At just £13,000, this classy five-year-old looks to be an extremely shrewd purchase

Although he is 0-3 on turf, he returns today rated 8lbs lower than what he is on at All-Weather. He comes here in really good form and there is no reason why he can’t transfer that to grass. If that is the case, he is very well handicapped, and he also has the added advantage of race fitness over several of today’s rivals. A further positive is the booking of Champion Jockey Oisin Murphy for the first time. Murphy has a 23% strike rate (9 winners from 39 rides) when riding for Appleby in the last five years.

The biggest danger is Bimble, who is dropping in both class and distance. He should also appreciate today’s ground conditions and he goes well fresh.

Windsor 15:40
Edraak silk

Edraak

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