Double success for both Walker and Osborne on Season Opener Day at Windsor

By Peter Moore at Windsor  Monday 15th April 2024

Windsor’s season opener was greeted by gale force winds and a some sunshine during the afternoon which turned out to be a particularly good day for both trainer Ed Walker and jockey Saffie Osborne.

The pair completed a double with Harpers Ferry and Phoenix Passion. Harpers Ferry backed up his encouraging run at Doncaster 23 days ago by going one better and completing a one length victory over Poniros.

Breaking his maiden tag at the third time of asking in the 1m 2f novice. The three-year-old is entered for the Bet Fred Derby in June and the Dante at York next month.

Walker said: “The dream is still alive, so we’ll see how we get on. I think he warrants being put in a trial because he’s bred to be that kind of horse as he’s by a French Derby winner and out of an Oaks winner, so we have to stick him in and see where we are. He’ll be a better horse in better races and he has a really high cruising speed.”

The duo completed a double when Phoenix Passion justified favouritism in the one mile handicap to get his nose in front by half a length from He’s Got Game.

In form Newmarket trainer George Scott made it three wins from eight runners in the past fortnight when Golden Paradise made a winning debut in the 5f novice with Callum Shepherd on board.

It was also a magnificent achievement from jockey Phil Dennis who twenty four hours earlier had completed the Manchester marathon before partnering Perseverants to success in the Class 4 handicap. The six-year-old trained by Scott Dixon had run well 22 days ago when finishing second of eight at Doncaster in a 7f handicap.

It was also a successful overseas raid by Irish trainer Kate McGivern who sent over Kendall Roy to win the opener under Silvestre De Sousa.