Raceday LIVE – Cast No Shadow

Windsor, Mon 15 Apr 2024 14:20

Related horse(s):

Cast No Shadow
Cast No Shadow returns to the track today in the Class 4 Handicap (14:20) over five furlongs at Windsor as he looks to make it back-to-back victories since getting off the mark at the beginning of March.

Read our Raceday LIVE Preview below and join us ahead of the race for all the build-up and live updates from the track with the team and Cast No Shadow's lucky owners for the day across our social channels on (@coral) and Instagram (@coralofficial).

Raceday LIVE Preview

Cast No Shadow became the Coral Racing Club's most recent winner when last seen, after making all over five furlongs at Newcastle in March. Having been beaten by a short head twice before, trainer Hugo Palmer was adamant that the horse would win before the beginning of the flat turf season following these efforts, and sure enough, it was third time lucky for jockey Jason Hart, who had been onboard for both of the previous narrow defeats. 

WATCH: Cast No Shadow bolts up at Newcastle

Since then, Cast No Shadow has been given a break before the beginning of the flat turf season, which has allowed him to come into this contest fresh. He was also gelded following the victory at Newcastle, in order to help him settle a little bit more and focus on the job at hand.

Pre-Race Update from Hugo Palmer

"Cast No Shadow is in super order and I’ve been really happy with everything he has done since his win six weeks ago. He has worked nicely, looks fantastic and has an action and a pedigree that suggests he should handle the cut in the ground. I think he should improve for being gelded and I am very hopeful that he can run a really big race on his return to turf."

Owners for the Day and Prize Money

As winners of the Owner for the Day competition, 10 lucky Coral Racing Club members have been given the chance to enjoy an exclusive prize package for Cast No Shadow's run at Windsor this afternoon.

Each winner, along with a guest of their choosing, will receive free entry to Windsor Racecourse, including exclusive access to Owners & Trainers areas. They'll have the opportunity to meet Cast No Shadow and the Hugo Palmer team, and even enter the parade ring before the race begins to be amongst all the other owners, trainers and jockeys. And last but by no means least, each winner will get to take home an equal 10% split of any prize money won by Cast No Shadow.

Today's Class 5 contest is worth £10,800 in total, with the winner set to scoop £5,652.72 for their lucky owners.

2nd place: £2,652.48 | 3rd place: £1,325.16 | 4th place: £663.12 | 5th place: £330.48

Trainer and jockey form

Hugo Palmer has had a solid start to the year, winning 19 times from his 81 runners (23% strike-rate). The Cheshire based trainer has been in similarly good form recently too, with two winners from his last eleven runners (18% strike-rate), including one on Saturday at Wolverhampton. His record at Windsor isn't too far away from these trends, he's won 22 times there from 141 runners.

WATCH: Hugo Palmer's Four to Follow for the Flat Season

Harry Davies takes the reins on Cast No Shadow today, the first time he's ridden any horse for the Coral Racing Club. The jockey started April off in great fashion, winning races on back-to-back days at the start of the month. Since then, he's ridden three horses that have placed, including one at Yarmouth on Saturday. Davies isn't a jockey who frequents Windsor, having only ridden there 22 times in his career to date, winning 3 times.

Racing Post | VERDICT

Irish Challenger Kendall Roy hasn't been seen since winning a nursery at Naas last September, but is still a fascinating contender under Silvestre De Sousa, especially if the market speaks in his favour.

However, preference is for another making their reappearance, namely DASHING HARRY. He improved in three starts last year, winning at Bath the final time, and looks just the type to carry on progressing this season. Cast No Shadow is fit and well, but has more on his plate this time and Mc Loven may prove best of the rest after his commendable Lingfield return last month.
[David Bellingham]

Today's opposition

  • Mc Loven has two wins to his name, one for previous trainer Kevin Philippart De Foy and one for Simon Dow. Paddy Bradley is back in the saddle for the first time since winning onboard him last September.  
  • Dashing Harry won by a neck last time out in a battling performance last October, and has been off since. The horse was gelded last month and makes his first start as a three-year-old today. Richard Kingscote also takes the reins for the first time today.
  • Maximum Impact carries top weight in today's contest. He won his first two contests with relative ease, including a Class 2 race at Ascot. Following that, he's struggled in higher grade contests, including the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Group 2 King Of Bahrain Stakes at Newmarket. Today also marks his first start since moving to George Scott's yard from Alice Haynes stable.


We hope you enjoyed reading today's Raceday LIVE Preview. Don't forget to tune in just before 14:20 to watch Cast No Shadow's next run for the club.
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