What's happening at Royal Windsor



Tue, Jul 12, 2016

After one short sharp shower two hours before racing it stayed dry for Cuban Night, and though temperatures weren't tropical there was plenty of sunshine. The going was good to firm, but most of the jockeys aimed to finish down the middle of the track.

The first was a wide-open apprentices' handicap over six furlongs. Trouble in the stalls led to three of the 16 runners being late withdrawals, which meant a 20% deduction from winning bets. Hellfire (14/1), ridden by Charlie Bennett for Hughie Morrison, finished well to lead inside the last half furlong and beat the consistent Essaka by three quarters of a length. She is a lightly-raced three-year-old, the sort which traditionally start to get the upper hand over their older rivals in handicaps at this time of year.

The heavily backed Tis Marvellous (4/9 fav) made all in the 6f maiden for two-year-olds. He gave Adam Kirby an armchair ride to win by eight lengths without being asked a question. This Clive Cox-trained colt could go a long way. Silent Assassin, who ran amok in the pre-parade ring until being brilliantly caught by a stable lad, finished second.

Next came a 1m2f seller. The favourite Brasted was too keen early on and the initial pacesetter Bazzat didn't handle the turns very well. Richard Hannon's Paco Pat (7/2) was kicked into a clear lead by Gary Mahon crossing the intersection and got first run on Clive Clifton, and they finished in that order a length and three quarters apart. The winner was sold for £7,600 and the third, Brasted, was claimed for £7,000.

James Tate's Newmarket yard supplied the impressive winner of the 5f race for two-year-old maidens. Andrea Atzeni kept to the middle of the track on Kyllang Rock (15/8 jt fav) and didn't need to exert more than hands and heels pressure to lead with 150 yards to go and score cosily from Mr Pocket.

In the one mile fillies' handicap Crowning Glory (9/2) continued Ralph Beckett's fine form, running in second place until taking the lead with a furlong and a half to go. Jim Crowley, riding for his former boss, was all out to keep the filly going and hold the running-on Pacolita at bay by a neck.

Sepal went a long way clear in the first half of the 1m4f handicap before fading. This set it up for a stayer like Paul Cole's Against The Odds (2/1), who ran on to lead a furlong out and beat Cosmeapolitan by a length. This was Jim Crowley's second winner of the night, and half an hour later he completed a hat trick when urging the Ed de Giles-trained Prendergast Hill (4/1) to victory in the 1m2f finale, a race run at a furious gallop with the field well strung out the whole way. He took up the running two out when the three main trailblazers came to the end of their tether. Rotherwick, who half crouched down when the stalls opened, ran on from a long way back to get to within three quarters of a length.

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