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Windsor preview: Great chance for Ghinia now eased in grade

| 12.10.2015

Ghinia ran a stormer when runner-up last time out, and can take advantage of a drop in grade to go one better in the 1m handicap on today’s card at Windsor (16.30).

The Pam Sly trained filly got back to winning ways when landing a class 4 handicap at Leicester in June, digging deep and finding plenty to score by a neck off a mark of 75.

Ghinia then failed to sparkle in her next two starts, but left those efforts well behind when bouncing right back to form and finishing a 1/2 length runner-up to Mitchum Swagger in a class 3 contest at Haydock last month.

The four-year-old only got headed in the final 75 yards, and the winner is a highly regarded sort who had got in lightly on her handicap debut having previously won a decent maiden at Newbury.

In the circumstances it was an excellent effort from Ghinia, and the daughter of Mastercraftsman is now able to race in this lower grade class 4 affair off just 1lb higher (78).

It gives Ghinia major claims from a handicapping perspective, especially if taking into account the 5lb claim of apprentice jockey Rob Hornby and, with underfoot conditions holding no fears, everything looks in place for a massive run.

In the 6f handicap (16.00), Dawn Catcher is weighted to go well at a big price.

The Geoffrey Deacon trained mare enjoyed a productive 2014 when winning four times, with the last of those successes coming on good-to-soft ground in a 16-runner contest at Nottingham off a mark of 75.

Dawn Catcher was out up to 79 for that successes, and has since had just four runs.

The five-year-old ran well on the second of those when third on soft ground at Ffos Las off 77, and also caught the eye last time out when keeping on nicely under tender handling to finish a never nearer eighth of 14 to Little Palaver at Salisbury after being slowly away.

Dawn Catcher has since been dropped 2lb, and is now able to race off the same mark as when last successful.

It gives the daughter of Bertolini a big shout at the weights if building on her latest effort, and the booking of Oisin Murphy to do the steering is a positive one which suggests connections are expecting a big run.

14.00: Fighting Temeraire
14.30: Rosie Royce
15.00: Weetles
15.30: Brutus
16.00: Dawn Catcher (NB)
16.30: Ghinia (NAP)
17.00: Berland
17.30: Sneaking Budge



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.