Tom and Hollie in hot form at a sun-kissed Windsor Races

Dave Wright

Faisal with Hollie Doyle. Pictures by Sue Orpwood


Jockey Tom Marquand was in hot form at a sun-kissed Windsor on Bank Holiday Monday, winning three of the first four races and seeing his partner, Hollie Doyle, take the fifth event.

He opened his account on the Mick Channon-trained Indian Creak, who kept on well at the end of six furlongs to beat A Sure Welcome by three-quarters of a length on his return to the track from a 216-day break. The four-year-old had been successful at Windsor last August when ridden by Doyle. Marquand had to work harder in the second race on General Panic, the

3/1 favourite holding on by a head to see off the challenge of Picota.

He completed his treble aboard Rose Hip in the five-furlong handicap that was a qualifier for the Windsor Sprint Series.

Doyle's victory came on Faisal for John and Thady Gosden in the 10-furlong handicap. The 6/4 favourite reared at the start and was slowly away, but Doyle made up steady ground, took the lead over a furlong out and kept on well to finish half a length clear of High Commissioner to extend his unbeaten record to three.

There was a double on the day for Oisin Murphy, starting with Sanitiser for Paul and Oliver Cole in division two of the novice stakes. It was a stylish performance that could lead to a Royal Ascot engagement later this month.

Murphy followed up in the mile handicap, coming late and fast on the George Boughey-trained Epidemic, who was winning at the fourth attempt after being off the track for 196 days which saw a switch from Richard Hannon's yard.

The final two races on the card both went to even-money favourites with Roger Varian's Boomshalaa landing the six-furlong novice stakes before Zikany romped home in the hands of Richard Kingscote at the end off an extended 11-furlong handicap.

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