Business as usual at Windsor

A review of the action from Windsor on Monday, where it was back to the day job for Arc de Triomphe hero Ryan Moore.

Ryan Moore: Enjoyed a double on his return to Windsor.

Ryan Moore partnered the promising Adamant (7/4 favourite) to victory in the second division of the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes for Sir Michael Stoute at Windsor on Monday, although the share of the prize-money he earned was significantly less than that he pocketed 24 hours earlier.

As part of an incredible one-two-three on Found for trainer Aidan O'Brien in Chantilly, Moore will always have his own piece of racing history.

"Any big winner is always important, but it worked out very well for us," Moore said.

"It's amazing how those horses have been on the go all year, yet he got them all to run their best race on that day.

"Found had been busy, so it was a marvellous training performance. Hats off to everyone at Coolmore and Ballydoyle, they did amazing to get them all there in that shape.

"A great achievement. It's very hard to get three horses into an Arc, so to do one-two-three is amazing.

"The filly deserved that, I think she's better at this time of year, but her whole year was built around it."

He told At The Races: "She won the Boussac very impressively at two and we thought we'd be back the next year for the Arc, but she got no luck (last year), that's the way it goes. It was marvellous yesterday.

"I really thought she could win, we had an idea how it might go and it worked out beautifully – I was just lucky to be on her.

"Last year she was badly drawn and the pace was very slow and she finished on the bridle, but at the end of the day I looked after her and she was able to go on to Ascot and then on to Keeneland.

"She's a tough filly, but we saved a bit of petrol that day and it paid dividends.

"You need a lot of luck in all sports, but especially horse racing and they all had good runs and were all produced beautifully.

"That was a great day, it's hard to top an Arc but you've got to roll on to Windsor!"

Moore doubled up courtesy of the Richard Hannon-trained Geneva Convention (4/1) in the Rutland Partners Nursery.

In contrast, Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni endured very different emotions to Moore in France, as Arc favourite Postponed had to settle for fifth.

But they too enjoyed a winner at the Thamesside track as Tiercel (3/1 favourite) proved too good in the Hytera Two-Way Radio Handicap.

Atzeni said: "It was a shame we didn't win the Arc, but the main thing is the horse is fine. He has come out of the race well, and that's the main thing.

"If he had been the same Postponed I had ridden before he would have gone by them quite easily. But just when I let him down he didn't pick up like he usually does and that wasn't him.

"He obviously underperformed yesterday, but we'll get him back and he still ran a good race. You could see he wanted to give it his all, like he usually does. He just couldn't quite do it."

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