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Windsor Park Reigns Supreme For Weld In Grade 1 Neptune Romp

Wednesday 11th March 2015

Dermot Weld's Windsor Park was a stunning winner of the Grade 1 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle, which kicked off day two of the Cheltenham Festival, as the Rosewell House inmate stormed three-and-a-quarter lengths clear of Parlour Games to win the curtain-raiser on Wednesday afternoon.

Backed into 9/2 before the off, the six-year-old son of Galileo was always a prominent figure on the speed in this sparkling Neptune, as the likes of Nichols Canyon and Outlander were kept in behind the leaders, which were spearheaded by Beast Of Burden.

However, as they stacked up at the top of the hill it was the aforementioned Outlander that made the first error and with heaps of rivals including Parlour Games and Vyta Du Roc ready to mount their challenge, it was Russell who picked up the initiative and kicked a couple of lengths clear.

A sublime leap at the last flight put the race to bed and whilst his nearest pursuer Vyta Du Roc made a glaring mistake to ruin his chances of getting any closer at the finish it was Windsor Park who was a dominant winner over Parlour Games at the finish to hand the Irish another winner at the Prestbury Park extravaganza.


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