Windsor Wonderland


7/1 Crystal Etoile set to sparkle

Crystal Etoile looks cracking value at 7/1 score an overdue success in the opener at Windsor today (2.30).

Sir Michael Stoute’s filly has been disappointing in her last two starts, but had shaped with bags of promise in three maiden runs prior to those efforts – most notably when finishing third to subsequent Oaks third Izzi Top over a mile at this venue.

She travelled well before throwing down a challenge two from home and flattening out inside the final furlong and was beaten just two lengths by John Gosden’s filly.

The daughter of Dansili was then upped in trip to 1m 2f on her next at Salisbury, but after leading three from home was headed approaching the final furlong and weakened to finish fifth to Tasheyaat.

It was clear that the extra two furlongs did not play to her strengths, and today’s a mile trip looks her optimum.

The handicapper gave Crystal Etoile an opening mark of 74 but her last two runs have seen that reduced to 70 and I am convinced that she is better than that.

The half-sister to the high class Crystal Capella looks a slow developing type who remains to improvement, and she will surely win a race off her current mark before the season is out.

I think that today could be the day that she belatedly gets in the winners’ enclosure, and at 7/1 she looks too big to ignore.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Crystal Etoile (7/1 Betfred, Victor Chandler – BOG, Stan James, totesport)

13/2 Sister Guru ready to strike

Sister Guru makes plenty of appeal at 13/2 to register her first success in the 4.30 at Windsor.

Peter Hedger’s filly has really struck form since being tried in nurseries, finishing an excellent second to Mister Music master at Sandown before chasing home handicap good thing Billrayvalentine at Folkestone.

She was the only one to give the odds-on favourite a race, and although flattered by the official 1/2 length defeat the pair pulled six lengths clear of the third.

That gives the form a solid look in the context of this contest, and although the handicapper has put her up 4lb to a mark of 68 she still looks the best treated in the line-up.

The daughter if Ishiguru looks the type to keep on progressing, and with the distance and going ideal she must take all the beating.

I had her priced up at around the 5/1 mark on my tissue, so at the 13/2 available she looks an each-way steal.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts each-way Sister Guru (13/2 Paddy Power, Victor Chandler – BOG, Sky Bet)


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