WINDSOR Racecourse was bathed in glorious sunshine for the three-day Best of British Festival.

The east Berkshire course attracted bumper crowds on Saturday, Sunday and Monday for some top-quality racing.

Adam Kirby stole the show at Monday’s evening meeting by riding four winners – emulating James Doyle’s (<em>pictured above</em>) achievement on Saturday.

The two Richards, Hannon and Hughes, won Sunday’s 5f race for two-year-old fillies with Whatdoiwantthatfor and they repeated the trick 24 hours later with Belvoir Bay (10/11 fav), who waited till the final furlong to overtake the pacesetting Stormflower.

Monday’s second race, a 6f seller, included another 10/11 favourite in Castorienta, but third place was as much as she could achieve.

Instead, Tony Carroll’s veteran Ocean Legend (6/1), who won this race last year, ran on strongly under Kirby to claim first place, with Indus Valley finished second. At the auction the winner, a 10-year-old, was bought in for £3,200.

Another odds on shot was turned over in the next, a 6f maiden fillies’ race, after Petit Trianon was pipped by the Clive-Cox trained Quite a Story (5/1), with Kirby in the saddle.

Firby made it a quick treble in the next as Tears Of The Sun (9/2) won the 1 mile 2f handicap, providing West Berkshire-based Cox with another victory.

The fifth, a 1m4f fillies’ handicap, saw Fergus Sweeney steer the Jonathan Portman-trained Hound Music (17/2) to success.

The mile maiden went to the William Haggas-trained favourite Wekeyll (5/2) then Kirby notched his fourth winner of the night - and Tony Carrol’s second - when Pyrocumulus (14/1) took the mile handicap.

A few showers preceded Sunday’s meeting as the going eased to good.

The 1m maiden for three-year-old fillies opened the card and Rosslare (8/1) kicked on three out under William Buick to take the honours for trainer Charlie Hills.

Four of the five horses in the 5f handicap were fancied approaching the final furlong, but it was Kassbaan (2/1) who won by a short head from Major Pusey. Marc Monaghan rode the winner for Marco Botti.

The old firm of Hannon and Hughes took the 5f two-year-old fillies’ race with the 8/11 favourite Whatdoiwantthatfor.

Ralph Beckett’s lightly-raced colt Argus (5/2), who fetched 400,000 guineas as a yearling, recouped £7,439 by winning the 1m2f handicap confined to three-year-olds.

Buick notched a double thanks to Secret Art (5/2), trained by William Knight, in the 1m handicap, while another front-runner secured the 1m handicap for three-year-olds only when Hard To Handel (11/4) provided Ralph Beckett with a double.

In contrast to the winner of the fourth race, the well-backed winner of the last, Well Painted (9/4 fav), changed hands for just £600 in the last six months. Now in the Sheena West yard, he was yet another front running-winner under Eddie Greatrex.

The festival opened on Saturday with Gentlemans’ Day and included a treble in the first three races for Godolphin-trained horses, a four-timer for jockey Doyle and the first five favourites going in.

Doyle opened his account with victory in the first, a 6f maiden for two-year-olds, on the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Human Nature (7/4 fav).

The next was a 6f maiden for older horses, and once again Doyle made all the running, this time on Balliol (5/4 fav), trained by Charlie Appleby.

Doyle employed very different tactics on the Saeed bin Suroor’s Elhaame (3/1 fav) in the 1m4f handicap, holding the horse up until making for the outside two out and getting the better of Gothic with half a furlong to go.

Next came the Midsummer Stakes over a mile, one of Windsor’s main races of the season and Clive Cox’s Kodi Bear (6/4 fav) showed he had recovered from a potentially career-threatening illness to hold off Short Squeeze for the victory.

Huntsmans Close, fancied for a big race at Royal Ascot only to be withdrawn after getting rid of his jockey on the way to the start, bounced back by winning the 6f handicap. It was Doyle’s fourth winner of the day and trainer Roger Charlton’s second.

However, Doyle’s last ride of the day, Ya Latif, was backed down to odds on but was never really in contention in the one mile fillies’ handicap as Italian Beauty (14/1) claimed victory for the in-form Twyford stable of Timothy Jarvis.

Hipz (6/1), back at the 6f trip that she won over on her penultimate start at Brighton, took the last, an apprentices’ race.

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WINDSOR Racecourse was bathed in glorious sunshine for the three-day Best of British Festival.

The east Berkshire course attracted bumper crowds on Saturday, Sunday and Monday for some top-quality racing.

Adam Kirby stole the show at Monday’s evening meeting by riding four winners – emulating James Doyle’s (<em>pictured above</em>) achievement on Saturday.

The two Richards, Hannon and Hughes, won Sunday’s 5f race for two-year-old fillies with Whatdoiwantthatfor and they repeated the trick 24 hours later with Belvoir Bay (10/11 fav), who waited till the final furlong to overtake the pacesetting Stormflower.

Monday’s second race, a 6f seller, included another 10/11 favourite in Castorienta, but third place was as much as she could achieve.

Instead, Tony Carroll’s veteran Ocean Legend (6/1), who won this race last year, ran on strongly under Kirby to claim first place, with Indus Valley finished second. At the auction the winner, a 10-year-old, was bought in for £3,200.

Another odds on shot was turned over in the next, a 6f maiden fillies’ race, after Petit Trianon was pipped by the Clive-Cox trained Quite a Story (5/1), with Kirby in the saddle.

Firby made it a quick treble in the next as Tears Of The Sun (9/2) won the 1 mile 2f handicap, providing West Berkshire-based Cox with another victory.

The fifth, a 1m4f fillies’ handicap, saw Fergus Sweeney steer the Jonathan Portman-trained Hound Music (17/2) to success.

The mile maiden went to the William Haggas-trained favourite Wekeyll (5/2) then Kirby notched his fourth winner of the night - and Tony Carrol’s second - when Pyrocumulus (14/1) took the mile handicap.

A few showers preceded Sunday’s meeting as the going eased to good.

The 1m maiden for three-year-old fillies opened the card and Rosslare (8/1) kicked on three out under William Buick to take the honours for trainer Charlie Hills.

Four of the five horses in the 5f handicap were fancied approaching the final furlong, but it was Kassbaan (2/1) who won by a short head from Major Pusey. Marc Monaghan rode the winner for Marco Botti.

The old firm of Hannon and Hughes took the 5f two-year-old fillies’ race with the 8/11 favourite Whatdoiwantthatfor.

Ralph Beckett’s lightly-raced colt Argus (5/2), who fetched 400,000 guineas as a yearling, recouped £7,439 by winning the 1m2f handicap confined to three-year-olds.

Buick notched a double thanks to Secret Art (5/2), trained by William Knight, in the 1m handicap, while another front-runner secured the 1m handicap for three-year-olds only when Hard To Handel (11/4) provided Ralph Beckett with a double.

In contrast to the winner of the fourth race, the well-backed winner of the last, Well Painted (9/4 fav), changed hands for just £600 in the last six months. Now in the Sheena West yard, he was yet another front running-winner under Eddie Greatrex.

The festival opened on Saturday with Gentlemans’ Day and included a treble in the first three races for Godolphin-trained horses, a four-timer for jockey Doyle and the first five favourites going in.

Doyle opened his account with victory in the first, a 6f maiden for two-year-olds, on the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Human Nature (7/4 fav).

The next was a 6f maiden for older horses, and once again Doyle made all the running, this time on Balliol (5/4 fav), trained by Charlie Appleby.

Doyle employed very different tactics on the Saeed bin Suroor’s Elhaame (3/1 fav) in the 1m4f handicap, holding the horse up until making for the outside two out and getting the better of Gothic with half a furlong to go.

Next came the Midsummer Stakes over a mile, one of Windsor’s main races of the season and Clive Cox’s Kodi Bear (6/4 fav) showed he had recovered from a potentially career-threatening illness to hold off Short Squeeze for the victory.

Huntsmans Close, fancied for a big race at Royal Ascot only to be withdrawn after getting rid of his jockey on the way to the start, bounced back by winning the 6f handicap. It was Doyle’s fourth winner of the day and trainer Roger Charlton’s second.

However, Doyle’s last ride of the day, Ya Latif, was backed down to odds on but was never really in contention in the one mile fillies’ handicap as Italian Beauty (14/1) claimed victory for the in-form Twyford stable of Timothy Jarvis.

Hipz (6/1), back at the 6f trip that she won over on her penultimate start at Brighton, took the last, an apprentices’ race.

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