With a perfect score of 15, Ice Age is clearly really well suited by the conditions he is going to encounter today, and on the face of it, he is appealing and worth a closer look at a current price of around 8/1.
When expanding the trainer form on the race card, it shows us that Eve Johnson Houghton has been among the winners recently, with 4/24 (16.67%) over the past two weeks and showing a level stakes profits of 5.75.
Her overall turf form is actually incredibly impressive, as she shows a level stakes profit of 68.52 from a sample of 477 runners.
When looking at the Full Form filter we can see that Ice Age is an extremely consistent horse, managing to get at least a place in 12 out of 20 races. She has reasonably good form here at Windsor, including a win here over today’s distance, and any further drying out of the ground will be to her liking.
He has been running in races that are a little bit higher in class than he encounters today, and if he can produce a performance that is right up there with his best, I think he is overpriced at 8/1.
Jockey Edward Greatrex takes over today (he has ridden him once before) and I am hoping that his three-pound claim will be enough to make the difference in what is a very open looking race.
The Instant Expert report shows that quite a few of the field is reasonably well suited to the conditions that will encounter here, but none look as good as Ice Age and this report really highlights his overall consistency.
It is interesting to note that he also has the second highest Speed Rating in the race, with a score of 85.
As I have mentioned on Race of the Day before, early pace plays a hugely important part here at Windsor, and there appears to be quite a lot of it in the lineup.
Ice Age is usually very quickly away and I think it is imperative to his chances of winning this that he gets away well and Greatrex is able to get to the front without burning up too much energy. He certainly has the speed to do this, and if he can make the bend in front then I would be confident of his chances.
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