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Sunday, 10 May 2015

7.20 Windsor, Monday, May 11

The Ladbrokes Royal Windsor Stakes (7.20) on Monday essentially revolves around Richard Hannon’s 4-year-old Shifting Power, who has 5lb an upwards in hand of his rivals, according to official ratings, and is 11/8 favourite in the early price lists to win the £20,983 first prize. However, it would be fair to say that the son of Compton Place has become slightly disappointing since finishing fourth in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and second in the Irish equivalent at The Curragh last May. He’s been a beaten favourite on his last three starts and, although this represents his easiest assignment since winning the European Free Handicap at Newmarket last April, he may be worth opposing at a very short price.

Without him, the field is much of a muchness, in terms of official ratings, and there’s plenty to like about Sirius Prospect, who returned from a fruitless spell in Dubai with a decent third, beaten half a length and a neck, in the Bet365 Doncaster Mile last month. Dean Ivory’s 7-year-old is an infrequent winner these days, but still quite capable when on song, as he proved when running on strongly to win a Class 2 handicap over 7 furlongs at Kempton in November. He’s 6lb better off for the 3 lengths he was beaten by Intransigent at Ascot in October and, unlike Andrew Balding’s charge, has won previously won over a mile.

Selection: Windsor 7.20 Sirius Prospect to win