Phoenix takes Windsor spoils

Henry Cecil has targeted Listed glory for Phoenix Tower after his fine victory at Windsor on Monday.

Henry Cecil has targeted Listed glory for Phoenix Tower after his fine victory at Windsor on Monday.

The unbeaten three-year-old was sent off the 8-13 favourite for the Royal Windsor Racecourse Conference Centre Conditions Stakes.

Although competitive on paper, the race turned into a formality for Richard Hughes once Godolphin’s Mofarij showed little interest in proceedings and finished last.

Hughes tracked Highland Harvest and his mount pulled two and a half lengths clear – despite looking around at the crowd.

The proximity of the 28-1 runner-up casts a shadow of sorts over the value of the form but Cecil believes his colt can improve again in the Heron Stakes, a Listed race at Sandown on May 29.

The Warren Place trainer said: “He’s a bit of a baby and was looking around a bit.

“He hardly had a race when he almost knocked his main rival over first time out at Wolverhampton, so effectively the Newbury handicap he won was his first outing.

“He can only learn but needs another race to make a horse of him.”

Phoenix Tower is entered in the St James’s Palace Stakes and Cecil added: “He had two hairline fractures last year but he’s doing everything right.

“If all goes to plan at Sandown we can then think about Ascot.”

Amanda Perrett looks to have a good prospect for the top middle-distance handicaps as Nosferatu clinched the final leg of an 84-1 double for Jim Crowley in the Arena Leisure plc Handicap.

The combination held Active Asset by half a length.

Perrett was represented by her husband Mark, who said: “I think he’ll be better over further and he could end up being a candidate for the Ebor.”

James Millman received a two-day ban (May 18, 20) for careless riding on Mustajed, who was found to have interfered with Top Gear.

Crowley had earlier been on the mark aboard John Gallagher’s Pusey Street Lady in the French Brothers Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

The 16-1 shot came home with a length to spare over long-time leader Everygrainofsand.

Gallagher said: “She’d galloped all over the best three-year-old in my stable - and I came here expecting to win.”

Ballinteni, a cast-off from Godolphin who David Simcock purchased at the February sales, proved a length and a quarter too good for Prince Nureyev in the windsor-racecourse.co.uk Handicap.

Simcock said: “Up our sleeve is stepping him up to a mile and a half. He’s not bred to stay that far but I think he will.”

Jamie Osborne took his juvenile-winning tally to seven from five runners when Ten Down made every yard in the At The Races Maiden Stakes.

The Royal Applause gelding displayed terrific speed under Tom Queally to build up a six-length lead at the half-way stage.

Not helped by the rain-eased going, Ten Down was coming to the end of his tether at the line but had enough in hand to repel Magical Speedfit, who went down by a length.

Eve Johnson Houghton maintained her fine start when Abwaab and Micky Fenton arrived late on the scene to nail Adantino in the Come Racing Here Every Monday Evening Handicap.

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