ANGEL OF THE SOUTH ran a cracker at Windsor last Monday and did everything right bar being chinned on the line by the favourite, Elysium Dream, ridden by Ryan Moore.
The daughter of Dark Angel had run well at the course on her debut over 5f in April but then disappointed in an admittedly hot race at Ascot subsequently. She bounced back to form over an extra furlong and was beaten a short head in the last stride. Compensation surely awaits?
Of the other 11 runners, the stable had fourth fourths, courtesy of Artscape, Soaring Spirits; Jack The Laird and Harlequin Striker but the eyecatcher of the week was Hello Girl, who was sixth on her debut at Kempton, beaten just 2 1/2 lengths at 50/1. She is sure to improve on that.
All eyes were on Tropics at Windsor, who was making seeing the racecourse for the first time in 667 days in a Listed race over 6f, which he won two years ago.
The 9yo looked in good nick and ran well but inevitably tired in the closing stages and finished sixth, beaten six lengths. This was a pleasing return and he showed he still retains plenty of ability. The horse still has the July Cup, in which he has been runner-up twice, as his mid-summer target.