What's happening at Royal Windsor



Tue, Aug 9, 2016

The penultimate Monday evening meeting of the season was held on good to firm ground, with extensive watering to counter the effect of a long spell without much rain.

In the opener, a six furlong event for apprentices, the Jim Boyle-trained veteran Perfect Pastime (14/1) got a flier, surging forward a moment before the stalls opened and obtaining a length's start on the others. Nevertheless his jockey Paddy Bradley opted to settle him near the back in a race run at a strong pace. He then enjoyed a nice clear passage against the stands rails that swept him past his rivals to lead inside the last 50 yards and beat Straits of Malacca by half a length.

A two-year-old maiden over 6f came next. For most of the race the debutante Lovely Acclamation held a narrow lead but she drifted into the centre of the course in the last furlong and a half, carrying her nearest rival Himself (4/1) across too. This didn't prevent the colt from overtaking her in the last hundred yards and running out a three quarter length winner for Richard Hannon and Tom Marquand.

The 5f race for maidens went to May Rose (evens fav), trained by Charlie Hills and ridden by Andrea Atzeni. Dropping to the minimum distance for the first time did the trick for her. Sirajiah had set a searching gallop and tried to respond when challenged by the winner 150 yards out but she wasn't good enough. In going down by a length she now has an unenviable record of five second places in her five races, yet she appeared perfectly genuine.

Fourth on the card was a nursery, a handicap for two-year-olds over a mile. That's a long way for most juveniles at this stage of the season but Permian (11/10 fav), from Mark Johnston's north Yorkshire yard, did so in style by making all the running. William Buick asked him to extend his lead from two out and he stayed on strongly to score by four lengths. Challow finished second, well ahead of the rest.

Windsor isn't one of Newmarket trainer James Fanshawe's favourite courses, judging by his five year record here of 1-31, though that may change following the success of his Landwade Lad (9/1) in the 1m2f handicap. Oisin Murphy held up the winner, saving him for a late challenge, and hit the front with half a furlong left. Drifting slightly left, he held off Rock Steady by a short head. In an all-action finish that prompted a stewards' enquiry Prendergast Hill suffered late interference when coming in third.

Just three went to post for the last race, over a mile, and they finished in order of the betting. The fine form of Eve Johnson Houghton's yard continued with her Reaver (4/5 fav) taking over from the trailblazing Live Dangerously approaching the last furlong. Charles Bishop guided him to an easy length and a quarter victory over Blushes, who plugged on for second without ever looking like winning.

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