WINNER 65 OF 2022: WOODLANDS CHARM, trained by Nigel Tinkler and ridden by Rowan Scott: 'The Noel Whelan Handicap' over 6f at Windsor.
Running consistently well, having been a good 3rd at Goodwood last time out, the market had her as favourite to take this race. Stalled in the centre of the 11 runner field, she got a little crowded as they broke, but settled in the centre of the pack. Travelling well at the 2 furlong marker, there was a potential gap for Rowan to take her through, but that closed on them, so he had to switch her to the inner. Still at 1f out, it was looking as though she had a lot to do, but when ridden inside the final furlong, she put her head down to take the lead and kept on well, winning by a neck.
Watch the full race replay here: https://www.attheraces.com/racecard/Windsor/20-June-2022/1705
Timeform rated it as a career best 75, saying: "Strong in the betting, proved better than ever as she resumed winning ways; chased leaders, travelled well, shaken up 2f out, forced to switch over 1f out, led final 100 yds, kept on.”
Rowan said in his Sky Sports Racing interview: "I was eager to get cover and then the gap 2 furlongs out closed on me, so we had to switch. She is brave and kept going though! She has the right attitude and the will to win.”
See the official photo gallery here: https://www.francescaaltoft.co.uk/royal-windsor
Syndicate manager Tim says: "Well done to her owners and to Nigel and his team on her fourth career win. A good ride from Rowan to weave their way through the field! She really is a gutsy filly and is giving her owners some fun.
Things continue to go well for us this year and we are now heading towards the £1 million of prize money won for the year. This morning we have put in some rather exciting early closing entries at Group 1 and 2 level, which owners are delighted about. As ever, you can see these on our 'Entries' page."