TOM CLOVER saddled his first-ever winner as a trainer when Declarationoflove won at Royal Windsor Racecourse on Monday.

Clover was assistant trainer to David Simcock for six years before taking the reigns at his own stables in Newmarket.

And he was in the winners’ enclosure with his sixth runner after Declarationoflove took the opening Novice Stakes ran over five furlongs.

The two-year-old son of Group One winner, Declaration Of War, was sent off a 5-1 chance and chased the leading pair before being pulled out to close over a furlong from the finish.

He was pushed firmly into the lead inside the final furlong by Andrea Atzeni and stayed on well to beat 9-4 favourite Spoof by a length and a quarter, with The Love Doctor (11-4) in third.

Declarationoflove is entered to run at Ripon today (Friday) and also holds an entry in the Super Sprint at Newbury in July.

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PHOTO: Declarationoflove gave Tom Clover a first winner as a trainer.

The feature race on Monday was a Class 4 handicap ran over 10 furlongs and won by Shargiah, a second winner on the card for Atzeni.

The Roger Varian-trained four-year-old tracked the leader to halfway before being shaken up to close over a furlong from the finish.

The 4-1 chance stayed on well to lead in the last 80-yards and beat Eskendash by a length with 11-4 favourite Prendergast Hill in third position.

The supporting Class 4 event – over one mile, three-and-a-half furlongs – was won by Spinners Ball for trainer Sylvester Kirk and jockey Mitch Godwin.

The 100-30 chance tracked the leader before being closed to challenge a furlong from the line.

Spinners Ball stayed on under pressure to lead by a short head in the last strides from second placed The Otmoor Poet at 20-1.

Racing returns to Windsor on Monday for a seven race card that features the Listed Royal Windsor Stakes over a mile.

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