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Few got into the 6f maiden for two-year-olds. Angel Down (5/4 fav) broke well and Oisin Murphy soon guided him across from his wide berth to the near side rail, and led all the way. Happy Queen tried to lay down a challenge a furlong out but supporters of the favourite had no need to be concerned, for he was two lengths ahead at the line. Henry Candy traditionally does well here, yet this was his first winner of 2016 on the course. It's unlikely to be the last.
The track record for two-year-old races over a mile at Windsor was broken by Salouen (4/1), who won with the greatest of ease, cantering past the long odds-on favourite Star Angel approaching the final furlong to win by three and a quarter lengths. George Baker had an armchair ride on Sylvester Kirk's maiden, whose form had until today seemed to be in decline.
Tasty Ginger (3/1) was purchased from Ireland last month to go hurdling with the John Jenkins yard, but he opened his account on the flat today in the 1m4f handicap. Wearing a visor for the first time, he was driven into the lead by Adam Kirby a furlong out and stayed on well to beat Mister Showman by two lengths. Fenner Hill Neasa, denied a run more than once, can do better.
The 6f fillies' handicap was quite a hot race for the grade and the 2/1 joint favourites, both seeking hat tricks, led them home. Gravity Flow was in front from the outset and despite drifting left in the last furlong and a half from the stands rail to finish near the far side, she won with a degree of comfort. Battlement was the length and a half runner-up, just ahead of Cersei. All three can progress from here. William Haggas trained the winner and Pat Cosgrave rode her.
Rarely does Clive Cox leave Windsor empty-handed and his Laidback Romeo (6/4 fav) achieved his second course and distance win in the mile handicap. Essenaitch led till the final furlong, when Raising Sand headed him briefly prior to Romeo to pinching the lead in the last 75 yards, going on to a three-quarter length victory under a powerful Adam Kirby drive.
Sylvester Kirk and George Baker combined successfully again with Pink Ribbon (4/1) in the sixth race. The grey needed every yard of the 1m2f, only getting the better of Free Passage in the last 50 yards as the pair pulled clear of the rest. The winning distance was half a length.
The final race was for amateur riders over a mile and a half. The first and second in a similar recent contest here last week renewed rivalry, but one was hampered and unseated its rider early on. The other, Miss Tiger Lily, led three out only to be brushed aside by Shirataki (20/1), who galloped on under a hands and heels ride from Molly King to score by a length and a half. Though the Peter Hiatt-trained gelding hadn't shown much form for a while, he had won here four years ago.