Moore shines with four-timer
Ryan Moore was in great form at Windsor on Monday afternoon and rode a brilliant four-timer.
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The nostalgically-named grey was the first winning offspring of Zebedee, another sharp juvenile for Wood and the Richard Hannon stable who had claimed the five-furlong British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes four years earlier.
Magical Roundabout's sire did not compete at three and suffered the only defeat in seven starts in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, and Hannon was keen not to get ahead of himself in that department.
With Richard Hughes likely to return at the end of the month from injury, Moore deputised on the 4-6 favourite, who did not quicken the instant he was asked to but beat Fine Prince handily enough by half a length.
"I've had a hip operation and this is my first outing of the year," said Wood.
"Zebedee won this race four years ago, and this is his first winner as a sire, so it's absolutely brilliant."
Hannon, whose stable has taken the race five times in seven years, said: "Julie has four Zebedees so it's great for her. The horse liked the ground and needs six furlongs.
"Talk of Royal Ascot at the moment is ridiculous, but he has passed his first test and will go for a conditions race now."
Hannon was only taking up the ropes from his father as Windsor opened for the new season, and the family have dominated by the side of the Thames for as long as many can remember.
Moore helped his Tobacco Road (5-1) make all the running along the stands rail in the Federation Of Bloodstock Agents Handicap, with 4-1 favourite Saigon City not having the smoothest run through and finishing a length and a quarter adrift.
"It was nice to see him jump well and run a good race again," said Hannon. "He had everything go his way today."
That victory, though, paled in comparison with the performance by the Moore-ridden Cannock Chase (5-4 favourite) in the Windsor Vehicle Leasing wvl.co.uk Maiden Stakes.
Sir Michael Stoute was not on hand to shed light on to how good the Lemon Drop Kid chestnut might be, but after showing promise in one start at two, he quickened four lengths clear in impressive fashion.
"It probably wasn't too strong a race but he enjoyed the ground," said Moore.
Bruce Raymond, racing manager for owner Saeed Suhail, said: "He can only improve for that and he finished the race well.
"We'll leave plans to Sir Michael, knowing him he'll probably send him to Chester or somewhere, but I don't know."
It is little wonder many view Moore as the world's finest jockey as he completed a four-timer with a superior ride on his father Gary's well-backed 13-8 favourite Civil War in the Unibet Offer Daily Jockey & Trainer Specials Handicap.
The rider, odds-on with Coral to regain his jockeys' championship crown from Hughes, said: "They went a good pace and it set up nicely for him."
Stomp (5-1) did not achieve a huge amount at two for Roger Charlton but looked to have made progress as he swooped wide in the Download The Unibet Pro App Handicap.
Jockey James Doyle said: "His home work has always been quite nice and we were a bit disappointed he didn't perform as well on the track so it was nice to see him do that."
Mick Channon and his new stable jockey Willy Twiston-Davies were responsible for the very easy winner of the New Horseracing Odds At unibet.co.uk Handicap, the 33-1 chance Grevillea.
Channon said: "She won at Epsom and then we put her in a Listed race at Newbury.
"It was very bad ground there, not just rain-softened like today, and she didn't like it. We weren't sure if she was badly handicapped but we decided to go a mile and a quarter and did that really well."
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