What's happening at Royal Windsor



Tue, Jul 5, 2016

The first Monday evening of July was cloudy, but with no hint of rain. The going was good to firm.

The recent run of north Yorkshire-trained winners resumed in the first race, a six furlong handicap for apprentices. Nigel Tinkler's Etienne Gerard (7/1) was always handy on the rail, took the lead just inside the final furlong, and drew a length and three quarters ahead of Malvia to give his young jockey David Egan his first career success.

Clive Cox's stable representatives always deserve respect here and though playing up in the paddock and at the start of the 6f maiden his Kodiline (13/8 fav) was quickly away and made all the running. Adam Kirby was intent on getting him over to the stand rail as soon as he could, and he stuck to it. Though Majeste laid down a determined challenge from the furlong pole the leader kept pulling out a bit more to land the spoils by a neck.

Roger Varian's Fool To Cry was the obvious form choice in the 1m2f claimer and the 8/13 favourite made no mistake. Fourth of the five runners when they started sprinting from the intersection, she soon drew alongside the leader and though she took a little time to go on, she ran on well in the closing stages for Andrea Atzeni to finish a length and a quarter in front of Clive Clifton. After the race she was claimed for £12,000.

The 5f handicap was run in a fast time, and it resulted in Nigel Tinkler and Andrea Atzeni completing training and riding doubles. Many had chances entering the final furlong but it was Bashiba (15/2) who poked her nose in front and just held off the challenges of fellow northern raiders Foxtrot Knight and Bapak Asmara. The distances were a head and a short head.

The Cox-Kirby combination struck again with Quebee (15/8 fav) in the mile handicap, following up her impressive maiden win over course and distance in May. She was assisted by four of the seven fluffing the start one way or another, and she needed plenty of driving in the penultimate furlong to overcome Hot Mustard. However, once in front she ran on gamely to beat the slow starting, fast finishing Banish by three quarters of a length.

A one mile fillies' maiden was a cakewalk for the form horse Laugh Aloud (4/11 fav), who led all the way and gave James Doyle an armchair ride, effortlessly coming in seven lengths clear of Jantina. John Gosden trains the winner for Godolphin.

As darkness descended punters plunged on the David Lanigan-trained favourite Athlon in the finale, a 1m2f handicap, and he obliged at odds of 11/8. A narrow course and distance winner a month ago, George Baker urged him into the lead approaching the final furlong and he quickly put the race to bed. Guns Of Leros was the length and a half runner-up.

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