Royal Ascot clues aplenty at Windsor Racecourse
By Rob Stevens • Published 29 May 2012 19:58 0 Comments
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Cape Classic, ridden to victory at Windsor Racecourse by Ryan Moore on Monday night, has been installed as 16-1 ante-post favourite for the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 23. Pic by Sue Orpwood.
GOLD SHOW remains a maiden after she could only finish second in the Andrew Grant Country Home Supporting Fitzroy Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Royal Windsor Racecourse on Monday.
The daughter of Derby winner Sir Percy, trained in West Ilsley by Mick Channon, was sent off a 9-4 chance despite opening as short as 13-8 with most bookmakers having previously finished fourth to Frankel's full brother Noble Mission and filling the same spot in a recent Oaks trial at Newbury.
Gold Show stayed on to take second near the finish under Martin Harley but had no chance with the winner, 6-4 favourite Initiator. Jeremy Noseda's charge kicked clear inside the final three furlongs to score by five lengths.
Initiator, a son of Derby winner Motivator, could now head to Royal Ascot for the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes (June 22).
Another to be aimed at Royal Ascot is Markab after the popular veteran sprinter landed the feature Listed davisbakerycaribbean.com Leisure Stakes.
The well backed 11-4 chance made all and stayed on well to beat 7-2 shot Elnawin by three quarters of a length to earn quotes of 20-1 for Ascot's ultra competitive Wokingham Stakes (June 23).
Cape Classic, however, has been installed as 16-1 co-favourite in the ante-post Wokingham market after his win in the supporting Class 3 Skybet.com Handicap over six furlongs.
Ridden by former champion jockey Ryan Moore, who landed a double on the card, Cape Classic was driven out to beat 6-1 shot Bathwick Bear by a length and a quarter with 10-1 chance Novellen Lad a neck further back in third.
Annunciation, Philipstown and Vasily were also winners on the six race card.
Racing returns to the Berkshire track on Saturday, June 9 for the popular Ladies Night. Gates open at 4:00pm while a seven race card featuring the Class 4 Matt Clegg Memorial Handicap over six furlongs.
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