Sophie Candy leaves role as Windsor's clerk of the course

Sophie Candy (centre) with other members of the Windsor racecourse staff. Picture: Helen Edwards

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Racing presenter Matt Chapman revealed he was 'desperately disappointed' to see Sophie Candy leave the role of Windsor’s clerk of the course this week, writes Dave Wright.

“She is the best I have worked with. She is accurate, honest and trainers and jockeys respect her,” he said “We will all miss her.”

The daughter of trainer Henry Candy oversaw her final meeting on Monday, the final day of Windsor’s three-day festival.

After four seasons in charge at the track, she plans to 'take some time out for now and make some decisions in the next few months.'

But there is a good chance she will stay in racing, as she said: "I want to go on and use various qualifications I've accumulated. I studied law and did a sports law post-grad, and I've done my legal practice course and an MBA. I feel now's the time to put those to good use in an industry I love.”

Until her replacement is named, Arena Racing Company’s regional clerk, George Hill, will be responsible for the venue they own, while trainee Charlie Rees will manage the course’s day-to-day running.

Windsor staff members made it a special evening for Sophie on Monday with a number of gifts and they renamed the final race on the card the Thank You Sophie Candy Handicap.

And the one-mile event produced a real shock with 66/1 shot Pimlico leading home the nine runners. It was the biggest-priced winner by some distance at Windsor this year.

Ridden by Darragh Keenan, it was the three-year-old’s first win in eight starts and only the second in 52 races for young Newmarket trainer Hilal Kobeissi. Until last month, the gelding had been trained by Aidan O’Brien.

Some of the Irish trainer’s top owners saw their colours carried to victory at Windsor on Monday with Operating, trained by John and Thady Gosden, winning the At The Races App Form Study Maiden Stakes in the hands of Ryan Moore.

This week’s qualifying round of the Fitzdares Sprint Series Handicap went the way of course and distance winner Indian Creak from Mick Channon’s yard with Silvestre De Sousa in the saddle.

Hollie Doyle is in tremendous form these days and she didn’t let her Windsor fans down when taking the Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap on Archie Watson’s Dusky Prince.

Windsor’s next meeting is on Monday, July 11.

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