Monday, 7 September 2015


As summer racing draws to a close for Monday racing at Royal Windsor racecourse, the maestro strikes up the band for one final tune.
Frankie Dettori, with a good book of rides for the afternoon, shows just why he is the punter favourite.

The first race of the eight race bumper card at the Berkshire racecourse, saw the Italian take the even money favourite to post in Heroic Heart trained by John Gosden. But it was the Roger Charlton trained Quick March who carried away this division 1 of the maiden fillies race over the six furlongs.

Quick March

This two year old filly by Lawman, owned and bred by Lord and Lady Rothschild beat her field well when taking the race by five lengths, showing progression for her third place at Goodwood nine days previous.
In form Harry Bentley was meant to be in the saddle, but unable to take the ride. David Probert took the mount, and a lucky spare ride it was to.

Probert quickly finished off the divided maiden by taking 7/2 shot Sunflower to post for trainer and ambassador to Windsor racecourse Andrew Balding. This chestnut filly by Dutch art with her debut on the sun drenched racecourse, took up the race at the furlong marker and held on by a neck from the Willie Haggas trained Gravity Flow. The two year old learning her trade and if well enough coming out from this race will take her chances again before the season comes to the end, and looks a type that would improve in time.

Sunflower and David Probert
Another maiden on the card this time over the Windsor mile, fourteen runners went to post. 
Dettori on the 13/8 favourite Four On Eight, trained by Luca Cumani bought the Lawman colt home by two lengths, again for a owner/breeder combination Stuart Stuckey. Taking the race from best of Oregon ridden by fellow Italian Antonio Fresu.
The two year old out of a Pivotal mare finished third in a Severn furlong contest at Newmarket last month, a race that also saw the horse behind Four On Eight on that day take honours at Ascot at the weekend, so the form is encouraging.
Owner Stuckey, who regularly uses the services of Dettori was promised a flying dismount if the horse came up trumps, and the promise was kept.

Four On Eight
Dettori struck again in the next, again over the mile. Cartago, trained by John Gosden and owned and ridden in the famous maroon and green silks of Khalid Abdullah made short work of his top weight of 9 st 7 lbs to beat Boutan by two lengths. The well attended winners enclosure wanted more of the Dettori flamboyancy, but was disappointed as no flying dismount was offered, however much they showed their disappointment, ' you should be all at work' bayed the Italian and he dismounted amidst the groans.
This son of Dansili, showed his previous four placed efforts were not to be sniffed at, and with a an increase in trip showed he was worth the wait.

A five furlong dash for the next race, The John Wood Memorial handicap Stakes. Fourteen runners going to post, and it was a 14/1 shot that came up with the winner by the shortest of margins. Equally Fast, ridden by Martin Dwyer and trained by William Muir, managed to get this three year old gelding home despite the geldings previous efforts to floor his races, and this time he did no one any favours at all by hanging away from the rail when put under pressure. Post race chat was about how best to serve this son of Equiano, as he surely holds some talent, but unwilling to use it.

                            Equally Fast

Step up again Mr Dettori, as he took 13/8 favourite Lemoncetta to the start of the 1m 3f Silver Peak Accelerator Handicap stakes. Trained by John Gosden this three year old filly by the aptly named Lemon Drop Kid, showed she needed give in the ground and a longer trip, and took the race by 3/4 of a length from Silver Quay. A delighted Dettori after his weekend big win on Jack Hobbs, made sure this beautiful looking filly held on in the final furlong to give him his treble for the afternoon.


Light Wave made his debut to the turf, in the 1m 2f  handicap stakes, and kept on in the final furlong to beat Royal Roslea by 3/4 of a length. Trained by James Tate,ridden by Pat Cosgrove this three year old showed that a increase in distance and the feel of turf under the hoof made all the difference from it's previous all weather track run under a month ago.
The handicapper know will surly take notice of this Echo of light colt, and next time will have to contest off a higher mark.

                               Light Wave

                                                                                                                   Secret Bird
Dean Ivory and Robert Winston took the eighth race on the card, The Unibet offer Daily Jockey/Trainer Specials Handicap Stakes over the six furlongs. Secret Bird went off at 3/1 and stayed on after taking the lead two furlongs out, to beat and deny Frankie taking home a four timer for the afternoon by half a length. This improving son of Arcano made better from his 3lb drop in weight from his run at Chepstow thirteen days ago.

A break for a month now at Windsor, with three meetings still to run in October we may see some of these winners back before being put out to grass for the winter.

But images and blogs write ups of this, and previous Windsor meetings can be seen at