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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Key punting points as Silent hopes to Echo in Windsor sprint series finale

Windsor: Stages the £75,000 sprint finale this evening
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7.00 Windsor
Sky Bet Windsor Sprint Series Finale Handicap (Class 2) | 3yo+ | 6f | ATR

The Sky Bet Windsor Sprint Series Finale and its £75,000 pot is the highlight of Monday's action. 

To qualify for what will be the third edition of the final, horses must have finished in the top six of any of the nine qualifiers run throughout the summer.

Topweight Silent Echo has won two of those qualifiers and is out for a third course win.

The Peter Hedger-trained four-year-old is two from three at the track following wins in May and June, with his sole loss on debut in 2016.

Since his Windsor wins he has run with credit in top sprint handicaps, finishing fifth in the Wokingham and eighth in the Stewards' Cup, and drops in grade going for another healthy pot.

Tom Marquand, who landed the inaugural running of this with Stellarta two years ago, is back on board having ridden him to his previous two course victories.

Hedger said: "He's got top-weight, which is always hard, but he likes Windsor a lot and it suits him a lot better than Goodwood.

"He got into some traffic problems last time so hopefully won't this time. He's in good form at home, is taking his races well and we're hoping for a good run."

Prolific Windsor duo Cox and Kirby eye prize with Louie De Palma

Clive Cox (left) and Adam Kirby (right) team up with Louie De Palma at Windsor
Clive Cox has enjoyed 38 winners from 176 runners over the last five years at Windsor, an impressive 22 per cent strike-rate, and his regular rider Adam Kirby has a similarly eye-catching 20 per cent record at Windsor.

The pair team up here with Louie De Palma, who hasn't quite delivered on his promise since returning from a two-year absence. Since finishing second in the 2014 Richmond Stakes, he has failed to strike in three runs, with his best effort coming when a length second to Silent Echo here in June.

Despite finishing last of 27 in the International Handicap at Ascot, a return to the scene of his debut win could revitalise him.

Cox said: "He's going back to six furlongs after running over seven last time. He's performed well at Windsor in the past. Ideally we would have wanted a lower draw but I'm very happy with him."

Cowboy Soldier hopes to march forward for sprinting master Robert Cowell

No horse in the 16-runner field has a more consistent record than the Robert Cowell-trained Cowboy Soldier. The three-year-old is a two-time winner who has never failed to finish in the top three in any of his six starts.

Cowboy Soldier recorded a first career win at Newcastle in March
A narrow winner over five on his only visit to this venue, he was last seen finishing a length second at Chelmsford on Tuesday.


What they say

John Gallagher, trainer of Quench Dolly
She's well. She won well enough around there last time over five but she's won at six furlongs too. I think if she's ridden right the trip shouldn't be a problem. I hope the ground won't be overly quick but they do water well at Windsor. 

Amanda Perrett, trainer of Open Wide
He loves Windsor and there should be a nice strong gallop which will suit him well. It's a bonus having Ryan Moore on board so hopefully he can run a good race.

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John Quinn, trainer of Shaheen
He's in good form and is a course and distance winner. He'll appreciate the fast ground and we expect a good run.

Richard Fahey, trainer of Scofflaw
He'll need to improve quite a bit on what he's shown so far but it's a big prize so we thought we'd give it a go.

Phil McEntee, trainer of Bernie's Boy
He won a qualifier on his only run on turf for us. We then freshened him up, we wanted to keep him fresh for this. He's a course and distance winner and probably still well-handicapped. We could have done with a better draw but it's a big pot and we hope for a big run.

Tony Carroll, trainer on Wiley Post
He's been in good form and he's got a nice draw. Everything looks right for him. He's gone up the weights but I think he'd have a chance in a competitive handicap.


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We could've done with a better draw but it's a big pot and we hope for a big run.
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