Alwaatn Sound is a half-brother to the smart Queen Kindly and is out of Lady of The Desert, who won a couple of Group 2s, including the Lowther Stakes. Alwaatn Sound was gelded and underwent a second breathing operation prior to running at Hamilton last time and he showed improved form to get off the mark at the third attempt, sticking to his task well having shown plenty of speed. He looks to have been handed a lenient opening mark based on that Hamilton success, while his excellent pedigree also offers hope he will end up rated much higher.
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Ice Sprite has shown run-by-run progress and proved well ahead of her opening mark when scoring on handicap debut at Newmarket last month. Ice Sprite was strong in the betting at Newmarket, sent off at evens, and she justified that support, getting well on top at the line, winning by a length and a half. She appeals as the type who will stay ahead of the handicapper for a while yet and an 8lb higher mark is unlikely to cause too many problems. The step up to a mile and a half may unlock further improvement.
George of Hearts often shaped like a well-handicapped horse when with Richard Hughes, including in some competitive handicaps, and, having moved to George Baker, he took advantage of a falling mark at Newmarket on his final start last season. He typically travelled fluently and scored by a length and a quarter, despite wandering around a bit. He has gone up 6 lb for that success but some of his efforts for his previous stable indicate that he will remain competitive. That victory over a mile was achieved on heavy ground, so he should cope with the step up to a mile and a quarter, and he can launch a bold bid on his return.
- 17:30 Windsor – Alwaatn Sound (NAP)
- 18:30 Windsor – Ice Sprite (Next Best)
- 19:30 Windsor – George of Hearts (Each Way)