QUEEN Of Bermuda defied a penalty in impressive style at Windsor on Monday and looks a smart prospect for the future.

The daughter of two-time Group One winner, Exceed And Excel, finished second to Shades Of Blues on debut at Ascot, before winning her maiden at Thirsk last month.

She carried a six-pounds penalty for that success in the Class 4 Novice Stakes over five furlongs at Windsor, but was sent-off the 11-10 favourite.

The William Haggas-trained filly made all under Richard Kingscote, racing against the rail in the straight and drawing clear over a furlong from the finish, before staying on well to win by three and three-quarter lengths.

Duke Of Hazzard (7-1) kept on for second place but had no chance with the winner, while Chuck Willis (33-1) was beaten a further length back in third.

Queen Of Bermuda has an entry for the Super Sprint Stakes at Newbury in July and could run in another Novice Stakes at Brighton today (Friday, 2.40pm).

Silent Echo defied top weight to win a qualifier for the Windsor Sprint Series three weeks ago and repeated the feat at the Berkshire venue on Monday.

The 7-2 chance was taken down to the start early by Tom Marquand, who was also aboard for the previous success, and dwelt slightly leaving the stalls.

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PHOTO: Silent Echo (green silks with a white hat) is a general 25-1 chance for the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot after two wins at Windsor.

The now four-time winner closed to lead a furlong from the finish and was driven out to beat 3-1 favourite Louie De Palma by a length. Volatile (14-1) kept on for third place.

Silent Echo has gone up five pounds in the handicap for the two wins and has an entry in the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday, June 23 for which he is a general 25-1 chance.

Racing returns to Windsor this Monday with a seven-race card that begins at 5.50pm.

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