DUBAI Future showed a good attitude to get off the mark at Windsor Racecourse on Monday and looks one for decent future handicaps, writes Rob Stevens.

The son of Dubawi, who is an exceptional sire and boasts the Irish 2,000 Guineas amongst three Group One wins, finished second on his racecourse debut at Haydock Park earlier this month.

The Godolphin-owned colt drifted out from 9-4 to 3-1 for the 12-runner Maiden Stakes ran over a mile and a quarter at

the Berkshire track


Dubai Future challenged and was upsides over two furlongs from the finish and had a good battle with Two Bids (3-1) thereafter. He gained the upper hand inside the final furlong to have half a length in hand at the winning post.

Invictus Spirit, a 7-1 chance and owned by Her Majesty The Queen, stayed on at the same pace back in third, beaten two and a half lengths.

The colt is from a good family, his sire Frankel is the highest-ever rated racehorse and went unbeaten in 14 starts including 10 Group One wins, and shaped with plenty of promise on debut.

The feature event was a qualifier for the Windsor Sprint Series and went to Daschas, who was second in a similar event at the track the previous week.

The gelded five-year-old was making his sixth start at Windsor, with previous form figures of 81072, and was sent off a 9-2 shot for the five furlong contest.

Tracking the clear leading pair and going well under seven pound claimer Marco Ghiani, he was shaken up to challenge in the final furlong before running into the lead in the last strides.

Daschas had a neck in hand under the shadows of the post from 16-1 chance The Daley Express, with Shamshon (8-1), who like the winner is trained by Stuart Williams, a further neck back in third place.

The winner could bid for a quickfire double having been entered in a five furlong Handicap at Ascot Racecourse this Friday (4.45pm).

The most impressive winner on the card was Mukha Magic, who landed the opening Class 6 Handicap ran over a mile and a half by seven lengths.

The 7-1 chance was making progress when hampered over two furlongs out, but was soon ridden to close on the leaders before staying on well and drawing clear.

The three-year-old gelding was winning for the first time in his eight-race career and could bid to follow up in a similar event at Windsor next Monday.

Racing returns to the Berkshire track next Monday for a seven-race card that gets under way at 5pm and features the final to the Windsor Sprint Series (7.50pm).

The Class 2 Handicap over six furlongs has attracted 29 entries and eight course and distance winners including Ice Age, Embour, Louie De Palma and Open Wide.