JOCKEYS Ryan Moore and Oisin Murphy both completed a double when Windsor staged their first meeting of the new Flat season on Monday, writes Dave Wright.
Moore opened his account on evens-favourite Captain Peacock, trained by William Knight, in the the second division of the BGC Racing Membership £125 Handicap over 1m 3f.
And he followed up on Sir Michael Stoute’s Commodity (6-4f) in the Royal Windsor Horse Show Handicap.
Murphy completed his brace on Sir Plato (7-2f) in the BGC Racing Ownership From £125 Handicap over an extended mile and on 7-1 shot Who Told Jo Jo in the Happy Retirement Joe Walsh Handicap.
In the latter, the Stewards found Murphy guilty of careless riding and issued a caution as to his future conduct in races.
Lambourn trainer Clive Cox also made two visits to the winner’s enclosure, starting with 8-1 shot Perfect Quest, ridden by Adam Kirby, in the MPM Flooring Ltd Handicap.
The four-year-old, benefitting from a wind operation during the winter, dwelt at the start, but made steady progress and got up in the last stride to beat Capton by a short head.
Cox said: “She did that really well. She wears her heart on her sleeve.”
The trainer completed his brace with 17-2 shot Masterofdiscovery in the first division of the BGC Racing Ownership From £125 Handicap.
Masterofdiscovery provided trainer Charlie Cox with a win.
Cox was particularly delighted with the win as Eddie Monk, one of the owners, had passed away earlier in the day.
“You would like to think he was looking down,” commented Cox.
Fellow Berkshire trainer Charlie Hills was delighted to see two-year-old Rock Of Estonia, in the hands of Jamie Spencer, make a winning debut, the 5-1 shot getting up close home to defeat Angel Of The South by a neck in the five-furlong EBF Racing Welfare Novice Stakes.
Hills said: “He has got a great attitude. Obviously he was very quick away from the stalls, from a not ideal draw. He has got bags of speed.”
The Roger Charlton-trained Comrade Conrad (12-1) made the perfect start to his career in the Windsor Vehicle Leasing Maiden Stakes, holding on by a short head from Mistress Quickly despite losing a right-hand shoe.
One trainer not happy with the Arena Racing Company owned track is Richard Hannon.
He, along with his father before him, have sent out more Windsor winners than any other stable in every year since 2010 other than last season.
But he told the Racing Post: “I’m getting very bored of going there and seeing the place full, the bars are heaving, they’re charging £85 for a bottle of champagne and we’re running nice horses for just £2,000 (in prize money).
“I will try and restrict my entries – for me it’s not worth having runners there.
“We love the track, and it’s a good racing surface and people like to go there, but the prize-money is bordering on outright disrespectful to racing professionals.”
Windsor’s next meeting is on Monday, April 24, with the first of the seven-race card due off at 4.45pm.