Class-dropping Mr Top Hat worth siding with at Windsor

Now dropped in class, Mr Top Hat looks worth siding with in the 3.30 at Windsor today.

This David Evans trained four-year-old has proven form in the mud and posted a string of solid placed efforts last season, including when runner-up at Chester on soft ground in a class 3 off a mark of 89 and when beaten a short-head at Newmarket under similar conditions off 90.

Mr Top Hat belatedly got back on the scoresheet at Chester back in May in a class 3 when winning by 1 3/4 lengths from Ayutthaya, again on soft ground, off 86.

The runner-up, from whom he was receiving just 2lb, has won his last two races in good style – so that gives the form a solid look.

Me Top Hat backed that up with a decent 1 1/2 length third to Fayez at Ripon off 90 and is now able to race off 87, just 1lb higher than when last victorious.

He also didn’t shape too badly two starts back at Ascot when fifth in a class 3 and travelled well for much of the rae last time out before his run flattened out when fifth in the same grade at Nottingham.

This class 4 contest, a grade in which he has been placed twice from three starts, represents the easiest task he has faced for some time.

The blinkers also now go on for the first time and the booking of the in-for Jason Watson to do the steering is another plus.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts win Mr Top Hat (5/1 generally available – use BOG firms)

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