Noseda has American dream for Windsor winner Take Me With You

Mon 4 Sep 2017

A trip to the Breeders' Cup moved a significant step nearer for Take Me With You following her decisive success at Windsor.

Although not seen out since finishing third in the Albany at Royal Ascot, the $800,000 daughter of Scat Daddy tore apart her rivals by nine lengths in the Bateaux Windsor Novice Stakes, forming the opening leg of a treble for jockey Jamie Spencer.

Trainer Jeremy Noseda said of the 4-11 winner: "I just wanted to get her back on track. She had a pretty prolonged break after Royal Ascot."

He added: "She is not just a sprinter and she will get a mile, no problem. I know it is a long way away and she has got to do a few things between now and then and up her level of performance, but I've always had it in my mind she could be a filly for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf."

Ed Walker provided former champion Spencer with the second and third legs of his haul, after Simpson (9-4) took the mile nursery by a length and Romanor (7-2) came from last to first to deny Lester Kris by a head in the extended one-mile-three handicap.

Spencer said of the latter: "He was a bit keen early and the pace picked up at a mile. I never thought I would win until the last 100 yards."

The famous maroon and white silks carried to big-race glory by the likes of Oh So Sharp and Pebbles made a return to the winner's enclosure for the first time since 2007 as Royal Line (4-6) created a big impression in the extended one-mile-three-furlong maiden, giving Sheikh Mohammed's daughter Sheikha Al Jalila her first winner.

Rider James Doyle said of the John Gosden-trained winner: "It is great for Sheikh Mohammed's family to get involved and it's Sheikha Al Jalila's first winner in these colours so it is fantastic and I'm sure she will be pretty pleased.

"I grew up watching them and they are pretty special colours. It is nice to see them back in the winner's enclosure."

Georgia Cox can tick the Berkshire track off her list of courses to ride a winner at after the William Haggas-trained Crushed (2-1) hit the jackpot at the sixth time of asking with a two-and-a-half-length success in division one of the starspreads.com Handicap.

Cox said: "I had this as an unlucky track for me, so it is nice to put that away. I've got a map at home that I tick the tracks off I've had a winner at."

PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY

While sterner tests lie in store, you could be nothing but impressed with Take Me With You, who made light work of her rivals to move ever closer to her long-term goal of an appearance at the Breeders' Cup.

RIDE OF THE DAY

Jamie Spencer is well known for being the master of hold-up rides and the former champion jockey got his timing spot on to bring Romanor through from the back of the field to break his duck at the ninth time of asking.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ben Harris, assistant trainer to Ed Walker, was in awe of the ride Jamie Spencer gave Romanor: "It was an unbelievable ride. For the first half a mile they went slow and he was keen. That was vintage Spencer at his best."

TWEET OF THE DAY

The sight of Sheikh Mohammed's maroon and white silks now running in his daughter's name was one many were pleased to see back, including At The Races presenter Matt Chapman (@MCYeeehaaa): "Royal Line. Wow @WindsorRaces @AtTheRaces Yeeehaaa!"

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