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Windsor preview: Lots to like about Links Drive Lady

| 01.08.2016

David Metcalf | August 1, 2016

Course specialist Lady value in Windsor sprint

Links Drive Lady has an excellent record at Windsor, so looks decent each-way value in the 6f handicap on this evening’s card at the Berkshire venue (19:30).

The Dean Ivory trained mare has a strike rate of 44 per cent at the track, having won four of her nine starts over course and distance.

In the last of those seven weeks ago Link Drive Lady was slowly away before coming with a strong run to get up close home and beat Joe Packet by a length under promising 3lb claimer Jack Duern.

Horse Racing - The Cambridgeshire Meeting - Day One - Newmarket Racecourse

Although now 4lb higher in the weights, a revised mark of 87 should not be beyond the eight-year-old – given that she was placed off higher last season when a cracking third in a competitive class 2 contest at Newmarket.

Links Drive Lady also ran very well on her final start of 2015 when fifth of 14 to Jack Dexter in a Listed contest at Doncaster and, judged on those efforts, should be really competitive on the pick of her form in this class 3 contest.

September Stars poised to follow-up

September Stars scored in terrific style last time out and can make light of a penalty to follow-up in the 1m handicap (19:00).

Ralph Beckett

The Ralph Beckett trained filly shaped with plenty of promise when placed in three of her first four outings, before making a winning handicap debut over course and distance seven days ago.

September Stars showed plenty of pace to track the leader before being delivered to challenge two from home and quickly pulling clear to score by 3 1/4 lengths.

It was a most taking performance which suggested the three-year-old was well-ahead of the assessor and needed keeping firmly onside, and a 6lb penalty is unlikely to be enough to stop the well-bred daughter of Sea The Stars going in again.

Princess Eva can reign supreme in finale

Cambridgeshire meeting day 2

Trainer James Fanshawe has his team in fine form, and Princess Eva looks to hold leading claims of providing him with another winner in the 1m 2f handicap that brings proceedings to a close (20:30).

The filly failed to trouble the judge in four starts in France, but posted a much improved effort on her third start for Fanshawe when keeping on well to finish third at Yarmouth last month.

Princess Eva stuck to the task to go down by 2 1/2 lengths, and it was a huge step in the right direction which suggested she was well up to winning a race of this nature.

The handicapper has also been kind in dropping the three-year-old another 1lb, so this looks a nice opportunity for Princess Eva to open her account.


17.30: Westerly
18.00: Bee Case
18.30: John Joiner
19.00: September Stars (NAP)
19.30: Links Drive Lady (E/W)
20.00: Julia Dream
20.30: Princesse Eva (NB)


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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.