Blown By Wind regains winning thread with Spindrifter success

Mark Johnston’s juvenile takes Pontefract juvenile feature

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Blown By Wind gave a boost to the form of Coventry Stakes winner Calyx when gaining career win number three in the British Stallion Studs EBF Spindrifter Conditions Stakes at Pontefract on Monday.

After finishing seventh behind the son of Kingman at Royal Ascot last time out, the Mark Johnston-trained Blown By Wind made a successful return to calmer waters when taking the six-furlong prize by three-quarters of a length to earn a step back up to Pattern company.

Charlie Johnston, the trainer’s son and assistant, said of the 4-9 winner: “It was not a particularly exuberant performance. It is very quick ground up here.

“Franny (Norton) just looked after him and coaxed him home to make sure he didn’t give him too hard a race. He got the job done and that’s what he had to do.

“He has always been a very big horse and hopefully there is still plenty more to come this year and next year.

“There are not many races like these about, so he is going to go back up into Pattern race company now.

“I think he will definitely have an entry in the July Stakes, which is a race we won last year with Cardsharp, but if the likes of those that finished prominently in the Coventry and Norfolk head there, we might look at something easier.”

Adam West could be making the nine-hour round trip from his Epsom base to the West Yorkshire track again next month with Bambino Lola (7-4), who secured a tenacious success in the Fillies’ Handicap.

The three-year-old rallied in game fashion after being headed late on in the six-furlong dash to repel Brockholes by half a length and set up a potential tilt at the Listed Flying Fillies’ Stakes over the same trip.

West said: “It was tougher than we expected as Brockholes was probably a little bit well in still, but her class told.

“She always hits a flat spot and I think that is just from a little bit of weakness as she is still filling her frame.

“She has lots of speed and lots of guts. We are really looking forward to next year.

“Today was a reconnaissance mission to find out if she is good enough for the Listed race here next month. I will re-watch the race at home before making that decision.”

Champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa enjoyed a double after steering the Les Eyre-trained Highly Sprung (3-1) to a facile three-and-a-quarter-length success in the Alan Hogg – A Lifetime In Racing Handicap, before teaming up with Ralph Beckett to take the Wayne Conway Memorial Handicap by three lengths aboard 4-7 favourite Construct.

Danny Tudhope, fresh from Group One glory at the Curragh on Sunday, found himself among the winners after galvanising the David O’Meara-trained Lamloom (6-4) to victory by three and a quarter lengths in the Gallop Racing Handicap.

Blown By Wind regains winning thread with Spindrifter success
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