Rock Of Estonia shows early Royal Ascot potential at Windsor

Mon 24 Jul 2017

The Flat season may have only just begun but Charlie Hills has a potential trip to Royal Ascot in the back of his mind for Rock Of Estonia after he made his debut a winning one at Windsor.

The two-year-old was sent off at 5-1 and gifted his sire Society Rock a first winner when getting up close home to defeat Angel Of The South by a neck in the EBF Racing Welfare Novice Stakes over five furlongs.

Hills said: "He has got a great attitude. Obviously he was very quick away from the stalls, from a not ideal draw. He has got bags of speed."

He went on: "I might think about bringing him back here for a conditions race in three weeks or maybe go for a conditions race at Ascot's Sagaro Stakes meeting.

"It is a long time until Royal Ascot. We will get him back and see how he is training, but that is in the back of our minds."

Bigger and better prizes could come into the reckoning for the Roger Charlton-trained Comrade Conrad (12-1) after he made the perfect start to his career in the Windsor Vehicle Leasing Maiden Stakes.

Although there is no suggestion the three-year-old will take a similar route to last year's winner Mountain Bell, who contested the Lingfield Oaks Trial next time out, there is every chance he could be a useful sort after landing the mile-and-a-quarter event by a head.

Harry Charlton, assistant to his father, said: "I was impressed with how he travelled for one of ours first time out. The other horse that has come up on the outside has helped him get over the line.

"We were unsure of the trip as he by Canford Cliffs and he has speed on the dam's side, but Harry (Bentley) said that was the right trip.

"I thought we would be in the first three, but I didn't think we would win. We will see what the handicapper does now."

Given the size of Captain Peacock (evens) a switch to hurdling may look more suitable career move but trainer William Knight hopes he has plenty more to offer on the Flat after he provided Ryan Moore with the opening leg of a double in the BGC Racing Membership £125 Handicap.

The Angmering handler said following the three-quarters-of-a-length success: "He has got a hurdling look about him and if he went to the Horses in Training sale he would have made a few grand. He would definitely be In their (jumps trainers) sights if they saw him.

"He has done that well enough, although he was quite fresh today. They probably didn't go quick enough for him. I don't necessarily think he wants a step up in trip. We will stick to a mile and a half with him."

The Royal Windsor Horse Show Handicap went the way of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Commodity (6-4) by a neck to complete Moore's double.

Masterofdiscovery claimed a poignant success when completing a brace for trainer Clive Cox with a length-and-a-half victory in the opening division of the BGC Racing Ownership From £125 Handicap.

Cox said of the 17-2 winner: "The Voyagers are a great team. Sadly Eddie Monk, who was one of them, passed away this morning. You would like to think he was looking down.

"He did it well. He loves quick ground and we were not expecting him to run quite so early."

Perfect Quest (8-1) showed the benefit of a wind operation over the winter when initiating Cox's brace after getting up close home to claim a short-head success in the MPM Flooring Handicap.

Cox said: "She did that really well. She did have a wind op in the winter. When she won at Chepstow she just made a noise pulling up.

"Hopefully that might help her and get her back into the swing things. She wears her heart on her sleeve and is what she is."

It was a case of different horse same result as Sir Plato (7-2) cruised home by four and a half lengths to give trainer Rod Millman back-to-back wins in division two of the extended mile handicap.

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