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Billy Parish's MOBSTA & Silvestre de Sousa en route to victory at Windsor yesterday afternoon


A double on Windsor's opening fixture of 2018 as Billy Parish's MOBSTA returned to winning ways and Mick's own MARIETTA ROBUSTI were both brought home by Champion Jockey Silvestre de Sousa yesterday afternoon.

MARIETTA ROBUSTI was first up as the daughter of Equiano took her second event of 2018 in a hectic period that saw her only make her racecourse debut back in January. A winner at the fourth time of asking five weeks ago, she doubled up in handicap company by taking the Class 6 five furlong contest for three year olds only in very testing conditions.

It was a ramshackle spectacle with all six runners spread across the course but she won convincingly and was clearly aided by the withdrawal of G Eye Joe after an incident in the stalls and, with a target of the early leader Give Em A Clump to aim for at half way, SDS asked her to assert her authority and she powered home to prevail by a convincing five length to Mick's obvious delight.

"She's clearly very tough because that was her seventh start of the year and her debut on turf which was on the heavy side of horrible but she saw it out well.

"We just couldn't get her going as a two year old because she was constantly being stopped with niggle after niggle but she always showed ability and hasn't disappointed this time around.

"I don't know what the handicapper will make of her because it was a real mess of a race in such dreadful ground but I'm sure she'll go up from her current mark of 65 and we'll just have to see what we've got to work with when that happens.

"We've got her in at Bath and Nottingham this weekend for just that reason and we'll see how she is in a couple of days before committing to those options."

MOBSTA took the feature race, the Class 3 Windsor Sprint Series Handicap to vanquish the torrid memory of his last outing at Doncaster. He was brutally unlucky that afternoon as Silvestre found himself very short of room in the closing stages to the extent that he clipped heels and was almost brought down. Amazingly he still stayed on strongly to finish fourth but things went far better yesterday as he delivered a withering run in the closing stages to come home ahead of Glory Of Paris by a slender but convincing neck.

Mick was pleased to put the memory of Doncaster to bed.

"This lad hasn't had the best time of things for a good while now. He's a Group winner who has tumbled down the handicap since that win back in 2016 so you'd say that he had every right to win in 0-90 company.

"Silvestre was bitterly disappointed at Doncaster, as we all were, but we've put that right now and I feel that he's a horse with a real hunger once again. On his day, with the ground in his favour, he's a relentless grinder over this kind of trip and when things fall right he's a real threat.

"We've had to wait for him but, fingers crossed, he's turned a corner." 

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Theresa Burns's JUNGLE INTHEBUNGLE (Blue Cap) and Charlie Bishop winning at Lingfield yesterday


Perhaps an indication that a first season sire might be a little bit special at Lingfield yesterday as Theresa Burns's JUNGLE INTHEBUNGLE landed the novice median auction under Charlie Bishop.

A son of Bungle Inthejungle, JUNGLE INTHEBUNGLE is out of Princess Banu and both sire and dam were trained by Mick at West Ilsley. Clearly the pair have passed on plenty of their speed and precocity to JUNGLE INTHEBUNGLE who travelled very well throughout yesterday's contest and despite the inevitable greenness, he managed to stick his head out close home to hold off the concerted efforts of Lady Prancealot and prevail by a short head.

That means that we currently boast a 100% record with our two year olds and although it's very early in the season, Mick couldn't be happier.

"IZZER has already indicated that we might have a good bunch of juveniles and this lad is in a similar vein. He's strong, athletic and mentally bombproof and was very much ready for a trip out of the yard.

"A few years ago I'd have said the same about his sire but things didn't go to plan for him on debut but he more than made up for it from then on in.

"He was a remarkable racehorse with the sort of exuberance that you'd hate to stifle and once he got going he was the quickest thing I've seen. A monster of a two year old and a great mentality - that's what JUNGLE INTHE BUNGLE has too.

"Princess Banu was similar in that you didn't complicate matters with her and it'll be interesting to see what happens to this lad as the season goes on. His dad won the Cornwallis and the Molecomb and you'd like to think his son could do something similar.

"That is obviously all pie in the sky until the season settles down and a pattern starts to emerge in terms of form but I'm delighted for Theresa, Maurice, Madeline and the whole team who bred him at Rathasker Stud.

"We've a few Bungles this year and it's very exciting for all concerned."

Posted By: Wilsley News