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Bull charges to win.

Newmarket trainer David Loder and Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh signalled that they are going to be a strong force this Flat season by gaining their first turf success at Windsor yesterday.

It was newcomer Bull Run who opened their account in the Sweet & Maxwell Archbold Maiden Stakes and he looks to have a big future.

Murtagh made his way to the favoured far rail after turning into the straight hotly pursued by Larkwing, but Bull Run (9-4) quickly asserted to score by nine lengths in the rain softened ground.

Loder is keen to run the son of Daylami again this month in the knowledge that he likes some cut in the ground.

He said: "Last year we couldn't go forward with him as we would have wished because he wasn't ready and so we had to keep backing off. He was just very weak and immature both mentally and physically.

"Thankfully he's grown up over the winter and had been working nicely enough. It would be wrong to get carried away as things can be exaggerated in this ground, but I imagine he'll run in the next two to three weeks and he may go for a conditions race."

Richard Hannon is getting his act together at an early stage with his juveniles and in Cornus, who defied a market drift before landing the French Brothers Median Auction Maiden Stakes, he has a colt who could develop into a Royal Ascot prospect.

After Richard Hughes had brought the son of Inchinor home two and a half lengths to the good over Loder's runner Goodricke, Hannon said: "Touch wood he's a very sound horse and I think he'll be able to cope with any ground."

Fortunes swung like a pendulum in the HBLB Charlton Athletic FC Handicap in which Classic Role took six lengths out of the field with a telling burst two furlongs out only to be beaten a length by Cruise Director under Michael Fenton.

Tactics played a big part in the outcome of the Welcome To Royal Windsor 2004 Handicap when Frankie Dettori made a decisive beeline for the far rail on 7-1 chance Muy Bien.

His trainer John Jenkins said: "This horse always tends to go a bit left and likes to have a rail on his left and so it made sense to tack over.

"That was the first time Frankie had ridden him."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 6, 2004
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