QARASU faced a simple enough task at Windsor Racecourse on Monday but won in good style and looks a useful prospect to follow this season.

The son of Le Havre, who won the French Derby in 2009, was looking to break his maiden status after two placed efforts at Newbury and Nottingham.

The three-year-old was sent off a well-backed odds-on (2-7) favourite for the Class 5 Novice Stakes ran over a mile and a quarter.

The market leader was held up in midfield by Jason Watson, before being pushed along and making progress to lead over a furlong from the finish.

The pair soon drew clear for a four and a half length win over runner-up Wild Animal (4-1) with Paths Of Glory (16-1) keeping on well for third place, beaten over five lengths.

Lord Halifax took an age to get going in the same race, but was strong at the finish and looks an interesting horse to follow in Handicaps this season.

The 12-1 chance was held up in the last pair before keeping on steadily and shaping with promise in fourth place, beaten six and a quarter lengths.

The most impressive winner on the card was 8-13 favourite Far Above, who landed a Class 4 Novice Stakes by five lengths.

The son of Farhh, a dual Group One winner in 2013 and never outside the first three in a 10-race career, was always going well over the six furlongs.

Far Above led just over two furlongs from the finish and was pushed clear to comfortably beat Crantock Bay (5-1), who was soon outpaced back in second place.

The winner is now a 25-1 chance for the Group One Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot next Saturday (3.40pm).

Racing returns to


next Monday for a seven race card which gets under way at 5.40pm and features a qualifier for the Windsor Sprint Series and a Handicap over a mile.