11:30AM, Thursday 22 April 2021
Seraphinite (4) beats Spring Bloom. Photo by Sue Orpwood.
It was David's day at Windsor races on Monday with David Probert riding two winners and trainer David Pipe saddling another.
Probert's first success came in the 2.10 aboard Seraphinite (17/2), who was returning after 18 months off and having her first outing since switching yards from Jamie Osborne to Willie Jarvis.
Probert returned to the winner's enclosure following the 3.40, where he rode Rainbow Mirage (4/1) for Oxfordshire trainer Mark Rimell.
It's not often a Pipe horse is seen on the Flat, so the Devon handler must have been well pleased with 13/2 shot Ranco's success in the 1.40 after being confidently ridden by experienced apprentice Callum Hutchinson. The four-year-old was having his first race on turf since coming over from France.
Half-an-hour earlier, Windsor's second meeting of 2021 had opened with a win for 11/10 favourite Crazyland, an impressive newcomer trained by Clive Cox and ridden by Hector Crouch who looks destined for Royal Ascot.
The 11/4 joint-favourites, Save A Forest and Invite, fought out the finish of the 2.40 with victory going to the former with Callum Shepherd riding for Roger Varian.
"She is on the up and one to get excited about," said Shepherd about the filly who could run in the Oaks at Epsom in June.
Favourite backers were also collecting after the next race with 7/4 shot Siskany obliging for William Buick and trainer Charlie Appleby and again following the 4.15 where Hollie Doyle steered home Major Valentine (5/2) for trainer John O'Shea.
The concluding race was won by Hawridge Storm (13/2), ridden by Oisin Murphy and trained by Rod Millman, the five-year-old making steady progress over the 10 furlongs after being slow coming out of the stalls.
Windsor's first evening meeting is next Monday, starting at 4.50pm, but again spectators will not be admitted to the course.
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