Apprentices shine at Windsor
Last Updated: 05/05/14 6:41pm
Oisin Murphy: Among the winners at Windsor
A review of Monday's action from Windsor where a couple of apprentice riders were firmly in the spotlight.
Karl Burke has a couple of talented apprentices trying to make a name for themselves at his stable and neither Joey Haynes nor Rob Fitzpatrick did any harm to their causes by riding winners at Windsor.
Only Haynes was representing Spigot Lodge at the busy Thameside track and he had a courageous partner in the partially-sighted filly Trixie Malone (11/10 favourite), who refused to give up on completing a spring hat-trick in the feature Bet toteexacta Fillies' Handicap.
Fitzpatrick was making it three on the bounce himself with a successful course debut aboard the Pat Murphy-trained Catalinas Diamond (8/1) in the Bet toteplacepot Apprentice Training Series Handicap.
Trixie Malone struck on the soft at Newcastle and Doncaster last month and was encountering quicker conditions on this occasion.
She simply would not budge when Fashion Line drew up alongside and stuck her head back in front.
Haynes said: "She's so tough. Two out I thought I was beat, but she just doesn't want to be beaten.
"That's six for the season now. I just want to be riding and the boss has been very good."
The 21-year-old Fitzpatrick and Lingfield Polytrack specialist Catalinas Diamond held on three-quarters of a length in front of teenager Rhiain Ingram and Encapsulated.
"That's three winners in a row, it's going great and I've been allowed to ride a lot of the nice two-year-olds at home," said Fitzpatrick, who will have been disappointed to learn he had incurred a two-day whip ban (May 19-20)
Murphy said: "The race fell apart a bit but that puts to bed the idea she can't win on grass. I hadn't heard of the lad but he came well recommended.
"I've only got a couple of Flat horses for the summer. Like me, she needs a three-week break!"
Far more has already been written about another apprentice, Oisin Murphy, who is virtually a star already rather than one in the making.
He was snapped up by Joseph Tuite and did not let the Great Shefford trainer down when dictating on Presburg (8/1) in the Bet toteswinger Handicap.
"Oisin gave him a peach, he's like getting 3lb for free," said Tuite, claiming an eighth victory of 2014.
A healthy bank holiday crowd enjoyed a venue which has few peers on a sunny afternoon, with top jockeys like Ryan Moore and William Buick also returning to the treadmill after the Guineas weekend.
Moore and Roger Varian had been in opposing camps for the Classics but combined to effect in the Bet totequadpot Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
Takreym (8/13 favourite) had shown promise on one start last season but faced little resistance here to stroll seven lengths clear.
"He's very lazy at home, so we thought some blinkers would help him," said Varian's assistant travelling head lass Joanne Banks.
"Ryan said he liked the ground, and you'd hope he'll come on for the run."
Banks reported Kingston Hill, who is now likely to embark upon an Investec Derby trail, to have emerged in good shape after managing a reasonable eighth under the circumstances in the 2000 Guineas.
A four-way finish to the Bet On All UK Racing With totepool Handicap went to another long-serving mare, the Buick-ridden Links Drive Lady (16/1).
"She looked the likely winner two furlongs out," said trainer Dean Ivory. "She's not very big but she really tries. Thankfully she could let herself down on the ground."
Jack Duern, on the unplaced Marjong, received the same ban as Fitzpatrick had earlier.
Buick and Flemish School (9/2) scooted six lengths clear of Moore's 6/4 favourite Jupiter Storm in the Bet totetrifecta Handicap, while the Collect totepool Winnings At Betfred Shops Handicap saw Tuite complete a double with Flashy Queen.