03:20PM, Wednesday 08 June 2022
The grey Sir Henry Cotton beats Lovely Mana in the opening race on Monday. Picture: Sue Orpwood.
Rob Hornby stole the show at Windsor’s meeting on Monday by riding three winners and finishing second three times on the seven-race card, writes Dave Wright.
His victories came for different trainers, starting with Andrew Balding’s grey Sir Henry Cotton (9/2) in the opener.
Hornby then steered home 15/2 shot Gherkin, trained by Stuart Kittow, in the third race, and the jockey went on to complete his treble on Ed Dunlop’s By Your Side, also 15/2, in the concluding event.
He lost out to Tagline, the even-money favourite, when riding Boom Boom Pow in five-furlong fillies’ novice stakes, while Group One Power from Balding’s yard found Liverpool Knight (7/1) a bit too good for him, the winner having his first run since joining Kevin Phillipart De Foy’s yard from Alan King’s.
Hornby - who had finished third on Ralph Beckett’s Westover in the Epsom Derby on Saturday - also had to be content with second place on Star Fortress behind the impressive Special Envoy in the hands of Rob Havlin.
The 6/5 favourite from John and Thady Gosden’s yard , having only his second race, was not the fastest out of the stalls, but quickly made up ground and the further he went, the better he looked.
Isle Of Lismore (8/1) won this week’s qualifying round of the Fitzdares Sprint Series Handicap in the hands of Hayley Turner, who commented he was “a bit slowly away, but when he got into his stride he enjoyed himself.” It was Turner’s fourth win in nine rides.
Winning trainer Robert Cowell had three runners in the five-furlong contest and, taking advantage of the soft (heavy in places) ground, he also saddled another trio in the race won by Gherkin, the best of them being Cooperation ridden by Jamie Spencer who finished third.
The change of going, however, led to nine horses being withdrawn on the day.
Among the crowd on a warm evening were several veterans from the Falklands War which was ongoing at this time 40 years ago.
Next Monday’s Windsor meeting (5.10pm start) will have an Irish theme with a live band and Irish dancing.
The following day sees the start of the five-day Royal Ascot meeting.