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  • 17:35 Windsor Castle Stakes 5f

  • (Listed) £50,000 added 2yo 24 ran
  • Winner £28,385 2nd £10,760 3rd £5,385 4th £2,685
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 0m 59.91s
  • Off time: 17:40:26

Frederick wins Windsor Castle

Favourite Frederick Engels impresses in Windsor Castle

Last Updated: 14/06/11 6:11pm

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Frederick Engels impressed in the last under Johnny Murtagh.

Frederick Engels impressed in the last under Johnny Murtagh.

Frederick Engels won the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot for David Brown.

Frederick Engels, a recent purchase by new owners Qatar Bloodstock Ltd following an impressive maiden success at Musselburgh, picked up the five furlong contest under Johnny Murtagh.

The field gradually migrated towards the stands' side rail which had been favoured through the day but Murtagh weaved his way through runners to win a shade cosily by over two lengths and justify favouritism to seal a bad day for the bookmakers.

Stonefield Flyer ran a huge race in second for rookie trainer Keith Dalgleish; he finished just a head in front of the Alan McCabe trained Caspar Netscher with American raider Gentlemans Code in fourth.

Winning Connections

Brown said: "I've had a lot of good horses as an owner and then I started training when I retired three or four years ago.

"We have a great training facility - if you couldn't train horses there you couldn't train them anywhere.

"We haven't got a lot of horses and there are just four staff and me. All the lads were up at 4am this morning to do all the rest of the work.

"We'll probably have a party tonight, or if not tonight tomorrow. Then we can go the following day to win a seller at Redcar - onwards and upwards!"

Brown added: "I thought he might win but I just daren't say it. He has been working like that at home and we didn't think he'd get beaten in his first two runs, but he was very green. He still is a bit.

"Johnny (Murtagh) says he's a proper horse and he'll go further.

"We'll probably look at the July Stakes over six furlongs next."

Murtagh added: "It's so difficult to win here and it's such a special place.

"It's the best racetrack and it's the best racing in the world.

"The lads leading up the horse have never been here before, so they got a great kick out of it.

"I'm lucky to ride great horses. I got the call to ride this horse and it's sweet."

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