A relatively quiet front on the racing, understandably with it being a Monday, post-Royal Ascot and with the England team providing many with another snore-fest. With Chepstow abandoned, Windsor took centre stage and the opening two races provided us with some interesting types.
5 50 SOUTH SEAS (A.Balding) 7/4, CL5 2YO Maiden, 6F, Soft (Heavy in Places)
A top 2YO has emerged for Andrew Balding and Qatar Racing and under Oisin Murphy South Seas romped to an 8L victory on debut. Lope de Vega, he lapped up the soft ground although connections were quick to say the horse would rely only on these conditions. The yard wanted him out earlier for Ascot but have taken their time after the failure of their first strong 2YO.
6 20 LOLWAH (M.Stoute) 2/1, CL5 Maiden, IM1/2F, Soft (Heavy in Places)
Lolwah came on typically well for his first run as so many of Sir Michael Stoute’s runners do. Pipping the runner-up in the final strides, you cannot help but feel this was strategically done to ensure a fair mark for a return to action. Stoute will enjoy some wins with this nicely bred 3YO for the forthcoming summer months.