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Ivory: grass should be no barrier for Zafeen's.

4.30 Windsor Standing Sire Handicap 1m1/2f ATR Card page 37 WINDSOR today stages the first of 15 Monday meetings that run throughout the spring and summer and 14 runners have been declared in the feature contest, writes Lewis Porteous.

The 1m race sees a fascinating clash between those fit from recent runs on the all-weather and horses making their seasonal reappearance having been rested with a turf campaign in mind.

Just 9lb separates the field on official ratings, with veteran Benandonner one of four sharing top weight as he makes his 73rd appearance at the age of nine.

Four-year-olds holds sway Four of the six renewals have gone to four-year-olds. Among that age group this year is Moone's My Name, who represents Ralph Beckett. The Classicwinning trainer landed the 2008 running with another four-year-old, Look So.

Strong all-weather form Zafeen's Pearl will be high on the shortlist for many after she was narrowly touched off at Kempton last month. However, while her record on the all-weather is four wins from 12 outings, she's winless in four attempts on grass and yet to prove her effectiveness on turf.

Fitness edge Ten of today's runners make their first start for upwards of 150 days and will more than likely benefit for the outing. The four runners who have the advantage of a recent run on the all-weather are Moynahan, Alhaban, Zafeen's Pearl and Islesman.

What they say Mike Murphy, trainer of Benandonner "He's nine now but still has his appetite for the game and is working really well. He might be a little ringrusty having not run for a while but he's on a reasonable mark and I think he'll give a good account of himself."

James Tate, trainer of Borug "He was with Saeed Bin Suroor for his two- and three-year-old campaigns. I've been really pleased with him since he joined the yard but it's hard to work out what his optimum conditions are as he's been tried over a range of trips. We've done plenty of work and his physique would suggest a mile will suit him, as will Windsor.

Dean Ivory, trainer of Zafeen's Pearl "She should have won at Kempton but the winner [Qaraaba] has come out and franked the form with a good win at Doncaster. She's still a little bit green and I don't think we've seen the best of her yet. The only slight concern is she's done her winning on the all-weather and not the grass but she's not had many runs on turf and I don't think it's a problem."

Ralph Beckett, trainer of Moone's My Name "She didn't race at two as she was a very backward filly but she was progressive last season and we hope she can progress again from three to four. She seems in good shape but ideally would prefer quicker ground."


Ralph Beckett: happy with his filly Moone's My Name but not the ground
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 16, 2012
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