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  • 17:35 Windsor Castle Stakes 5f

  • (Listed) £55,000 added 2yo 23 ran
  • Winner £31,190 2nd £11,825 3rd £5,918 4th £2,948
  • Going: Good (Round Course: Good to Soft, Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 1.21s
  • Off time: 17:38:43

Hototo has Ryan smiling

Juvenile contest produces thrilling finish

Last Updated: 19/06/12 6:11pm

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Hototo quickened well to claim the Windsor Castle Stakes

Hototo quickened well to claim the Windsor Castle Stakes

Kevin Ryan's Hototo prevailed in a blanket finish to the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Little more than a length separated the first seven home in the five furlong Listed contest with the juveniles spread across the width of the track.

It was difficult to call the winner half a furlong out let along twice that distance from home but the experience of the Sleeping Indian colt proved key as he edged out the once-raced Alhebayeb.

The Ayr maiden winner had improved his finishing position with each visit to the racecourse and took this step up in class in his stride to score by half a length and the same under Philip Makin.

The runner-up came close to providing Richard Hannon with a Royal Ascot winner for a new owner to the yard in Hamdan Al Maktoum with Dylanbaru in third for Tommy Stack.

The Irish raider's form tied in with the winner on a line through the Mick Channon trained Cay Verde who had beaten both rivals but Channon was out of luck here with Bungle Inthejungle outrunning his better fancied stablemate, favourite Pay Freeze, in finishing fourth.

The winner was a second at the Royal Meeting in as many years for Ryan and Makin following the victory of Bapak Chinta in the Norfolk 12 months ago.

Progressive Horse

Ryan said: "He's been a nice progressive horse.He only just won at Ayr the last day from a horse of Mick's (Channon) but I know he thinks a bit of that (Jillnextdoor).

"He could have got beat on the day but he did well to race so keen and still win.

"When you come here you are going to get the pace, they went a good gallop and he was in a lovely rhythm, Phil always had something to aim at, he's a tough, hardy horse.

"When they went down to the two (furlong marker) and he was still there I knew we had a big chance.

"I'm delighted to win here for the owner as we've had some bad horses for him."

Dream Run

Makin added: "I thought he had some sort of chance as he's been working well and we knew he'd improve.

"We got a dream run, a nice tow through the race and he battled hard at the end.

"I knew there was a lot to come from him after Ayr. It may have been a modest race but they pulled a long way clear. He showed a good attitude and I knew he wouldn't have any problems with the step up in class.

"I always thought he'd be in the mix, I'd have been disappointed if he wasn't thereabouts."

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