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Windsor Mon Apr 10 2yo race review

Windsor 2yo Mon Apr 10
EBF Novice Stakes
5f, Class 5, 1:0.79s
(slow by 2.29s)
Good (Good to Firm in places, Watered)

Rock of Estonia, Feb 19. 90k gns yearling (68k gns foal). Dam peaked at OR of 75, didn't win until end of 3yo season, and only ever won or placed on AW. Half-brother (by Mayson) already better than that from three starts so signs are good. Jumped well, straight onto the pace under a nice hold from Spencer. Stoked up just before the 2f pole, pushed right out to win but whip wasn't pulled at any stage.

Angel of the South, Mar 2, £170k yearling. Dam ran third to (Arc & King George VI winner) Danedream in Italian Oaks. Jumped OK, straight onto the rail handy to the pace. Pushed forward as they went through the crossover, and eyeballed the leader/winner at the 2f. Tried hard, whip pulled twice but unable to put nose in front. Handy run but should see more as she goes up in trip.

Daddies Girl, Mar 18. £5500 yearling. Dam was terrible (peak OR of 51, never ran a place) but related to some Italian black type. Only half-relation running in the UK is a 19-start maiden now running over two miles. Stumbled out of gates, pushed forward to be on the pace in middle of track. Alongside the leader/winner at the 2f pole, unable to go with them but stuck on nicely, whip just used once.

Declarationoflove, Mar 23. £28k yearling, first foal from handy sprinting mare (peak rating of 95), and by first-crop sire. Jumped well, parked right behind Rock of Estonia. Made move at 2f, angling into the centre of the track. Couldn't get past Daddies Girl, eased up towards the line.

May Remain, Mar 12. £26k yearling (14k gns foal). Dam a five-start maiden who only ever raced on AW. Slow to begin, ended up last on settling. Gradually made ground through the field, under hard riding 3f out, kept on OK to be only beaten 2.5L. Backed from 12/1 into 8s, from well-regarded 2yo stable, one to follow.

Milton Road, Jun 8. Very late foal from first crop of French G3 winning sprinter with a service fee of just £3k. Sat midfield, not much room at 1.5f out, kept going but missed his chance to push through. Not extended final stages. At significant disadvantage to most, maturity-wise, so keep an eye on him as the season progresses.

Lethal Lunch, Apr 14. Another first-crop sire, £30,000 gns foal, £62k yearling so he developed nicely. Sat back in the field, edged out into space in middle of track. Every chance, jockey cuddled him from the furlong when obvious he wasn't going to challenge.

Controversial Lady, Feb 26. £7k yearling, first foal of four-start maiden mare with peak rating of 58. Straight out the front to sit alongside leader/winner but was under pressure early. Started going backwards when cramped at the 2f, dropped out of the pack and then worked home late for a bit of education.

Give Em A Clump, Apr 28. Trainer struggling or out of luck at present, one win from last 36 runners at time of review. Had a couple of 2yo seconds though, so outlook not desperate. Dam peaked at 78, ran a couple of close seconds as a 2yo for John Gosden but only win came in a French claimer. £15k foal, €10k vendor yearling - regressive, not a good sign. Started slowly, out the back the whole way, nothing to hint at future ability.

Glimpse of Dirhams, May 13. Dam very limited, won a Cl6 race at 25/1, peaked at OR 59. Two other foals have raced 32 times for zero wins. WHY IS THIS MARE ALLOWED TO BREED? Out the back the whole way, nothing to hint at future ability.

Mullions Star, Apr 27. Dam raced nine times, only beaten under 12 lengths once (christ, how bad were they the day she ran third?) WHY IS THIS MARE ALLOWED TO BREED? By £1250 sire. Prime example of overbreeding that the industry cannot sustain. Sat midfield until halfway when simply couldn't keep up. Very ordinary.

Winner didn't see the whip so you'd expect there's more to come. Angel of the South. Daddies Girl and May Remain all look to have their share of talent. Angel of the South is handy now, may get even better with distance, while May Remain will be worth following. Milton Road is three months younger than all those ahead of him, so watch as the season progresses.


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Villiers Stakes preview

The highlight of summer racing in Sydney is the Villiers Stakes. Tasked with the preview is Mitch Fenton.


Villiers StakesRandwick, G2, 1600m
1615 local time, 0515 GMT

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The most reliable guide to the Gr2 Villiers has always been the Festival Stakes.

I’m going to stick with that form line; here’s the horses who ran in the Festival, running today.

1 I'm Imposing (55.5) 20-1
2 [0.1] Estonian Princess (54) 7-1
3 [0.3] Strawberry Boy (57.5) 6-1
5 [1.7] Sir Moments (56) 11-2
6 [2.5] Multilateral (54) 60-1
7 [3.8] Scream Machine (56) 20-1
8 [4.3] Aomen (58.5) 30-1
11 [6.8] Monton (60) 16-1
12 [8.0] Keep Cool (54) 80-1

Out of all those runs in the Festival, Strawberry Boy was a clear top pick for mine.

He worked very hard out in front with his 1500m to 600m times and was 3L quicker than the average. He was entitled to drop out of the race but instead he fought on dogged…