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Rosslyn rules for Charlton

Mon, 16 April 2012

An important few days for Roger Charlton began in the best possible fashion as his first runner of the new season, Rosslyn Castle, won comfortably at Windsor.

Although the trainer celebrated one of the biggest successes of his career just a fortnight ago in Dubai with Cityscape, he had kept his powder dry on the domestic front until the start of the Newmarket and Newbury trials week.

Charlton was not about to suggest Rosslyn Castle is of the same calibre as his 2000 Guineas hope Top Offer, who is to reappear in Saturday's Greenham Stakes, but his chestnut colt could do little more than streak three and three-quarter lengths clear in Division One of the Windsor Vehicle Leasing wvl.com Maiden Stakes.

Rosslyn Castle had shown undeniable promise when fourth on his only start at two and went off the even-money favourite in what looked a decent heat. He tracked Henry Cecil's Ace Of Valhalla but blew the runner-up out of the water in the final furlong.

Charlton said: "I'm really pleased. About three furlongs out he wasn't going anywhere, but it was just like how he ran at Sandown last year as he finished off well at the right end.

"I saw Henry Cecil had entered his horse in the Dante, and that closed a few weeks ago, so he must have seen something in him. He's by Selkirk, so should get a mile and a half."

Asked whether Rosslyn Castle could now go for a Classic trial, Charlton said: "I don't think so. He probably ran to 78 first time and 85 here. Maybe he's a 90 horse, but not a Classic horse."

Division Two did not appear to be of comparable quality, although John Dunlop's Man Of Plenty (7-1) should have further races in him after wearing down 4-6 favourite Falkland.

Many would like to have heard the inside track from Alan Bailey ahead of the European Breeders' Fund Maiden Stakes as the money for Baddilini (3-1) proved telling.

"I told the owners they could have what they wanted on him as he wouldn't get beat. He's a grand horse, that's the first time he has been off the bit and he's never jibbed at home. I know it's not worth much, but the race I've always wanted to win is the Lily Agnes at Chester," said Bailey.