Windsor’s Monday evening meetings came to a conclusion yesterday evening, with the tough Stellarta taking her share of the £75,000 on offer in the finale of the brilliant Sky Bet Sprint Series. The weekly Windsor cards ensures Mondays are never dull for racing fans, and a number of hot up and coming horses have started their campaigns out at the royal course. There was also racing at Thirsk, Chelmsford and Deauville through the afternoon, and in France, Almanzor confirmed his G1 Prix du Jockey win with another win, and as a result shortening for the Arc.
2 00 BEE CASE (H Palmer) 4/1, C4 2YO Fillies Maiden, 6F, Standard
In a nice looking 2YO maiden with a number of big trainers running some well fancied youngsters, once again Hugo Palmer’s number one runner stole the show and was eased down to a comfortable 3L winner. Bee Case has run well on her two previous starts and built on these under a clever ride from Jim Crowley. She lost out to Bahamadam two weeks back at Windsor, who featured in this section and people believed could be a very smart 2YO for Eve Houghton. This confirms these early thoughts and Houghton has already entered her filly into some big races late in September.
6 30 STRATUM (J Gosden) 8/13, C5 Maiden, 1M2F, Good to Firm
Yes, this maiden doesn’t look the strongest field you’ll see over the summer, but Stratum’s win was completely dominant from leaving the stalls to crossing the line over 8L ahead. Although it’s taken 6 runs to shed his maiden tag, there has been plenty of seconds to nice types and a host of strong runs. The 3YO colt now seems to have put much of this promise together and delivered a full and assured performance. His rating of 84 may be under threat entering handicap company, but John Gosden will certainly still be encouraged and we’re sure a winnable handicap will be found in the near future. Running from the front seems to benefit and these tactics could bring about further success in the rest of his campaign.