Windsor win proves costly for Ahern

EDDIE AHERN will miss the second and third days of the Craven meeting at Newmarket next week after receiving a suspension for a whip offence when winning on Palamedes at Windsor yesterday.

Ahern was found to have used his whip with excessive frequency and down the shoulder in the forehand position on the 20-1 shot, who had beaten Sergeant Cecil by a short head in the Quality Heating Services Handicap. His ban is for April 16-17.

Jason Tate was also suspended for the same period having used his whip with excessive frequency on Yorker, fifth in the concluding HBLB Handicap won by Bond Diamond.

Rosina May, who cost her trainer Nerys Dutfield just 1,200 when purchased at Tattersalls Ireland last year, made a successful debut at Windsor.

The diminutive daughter of Danehill Dancer, bred by Eamon O’Mahony out of an unraced mare from the family of Cyrano de Bergerac, overcame a slow start and greenness to win the two-year-old maiden auction stakes under apprentice John McDonald. She was driven out to beat Bella Tutrice, third in the Brocklesby last month before finishing second to Signor Panettiere at Kempton, by a length-and a-half.

“She’d been working well and we were hopeful, and in way it has probably helped her that she hasn’t blazed a trail, and I think for two-year-old it’s better than they come and pass horses as whether they finish they think they’ve achieved,”€ Dutfield said.

He then drew an oblique comparison with Misty Eyed, her Molecomb Stakes winner of three years ago. “She’s actually in the same box as Misty Eyed was, and she’s just like her - she’s a right horrible old bag. She’d just as soon take a lump out of you“.

Reflecting on the filly’s purchase, Mrs Dutfield added: “She was one of the first lots in the morning and there was nobody there. You know me and my ‘expensive’ horses.”

Move It landed odds of 8-13 against 18 rivals in the Showcase handicap to give trainer Roger Charlton his fifth straight success in eight days.

The three-year-old sprinter, who initiated the sequence when winning at Bath last Monday, will run next in a valuable Class B handicap over five furlongs at Sandown on April 25.

“Stepping up to six furlongs here didn’t seem to be a problem and we didn’t think it would be because he wasn’t stopping at Bath,” said Tom Grantham, Charlton’s assistant and former jump jockey.

Meanwhile, former Aidan O’Brien inmate Century City landed a shock victory in the Grade Two Arcadia Handicap at Santa Anita on Sunday,

The four-year-old son of Danzig produced a powerful finishing kick to take the US 150,000 race at odds of 19.90-to-1, the longest priced horse in the race.

The win was Century City’s first Graded success since switching to the yard of C. Beau Greely.

Another ex-O’Brien-trained colt, Ballingarry, finished seventh of the nine runners.

In yesterday report from Tramore races, we incorrectly stated that the owner of Four Eagles was Englishman Owen J. McDowell. Four Eagles is owned by Oliver McDowell from Co. Louth.

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