Windhoek holds on narrowly from Greatwood and Ghurair


Horses Name: WINDHOEK
Sire – Dam - Broodmare Sire: Cape Cross - Kahlua Kiss - Mister Baileys
Race Name: £200,000 Tattersalls Millions 3YO Trophy
Racecourse, Country: Newmarket, UK
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Horizon Bloodstock Limited
Trainer: Mark Johnston
Vendor: Heatherwold Stud
Purchaser: Mark Johnston Racing
Sale Price: 110,000 guineas

WINDHOEK battled to keep his head in front in an exhilarating finish to win the £200,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Trophy at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse today, the last race of the 2012/13 Tattersalls Millions series.

The son of Cape Cross was bought by his trainer Mark Johnston for just 110,000 guineas from Heatherwold Stud at the 2011 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1. Purchased for Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, WINDHOEK had only run once previously when he won his maiden at Nottingham by a short head in May 2012.

After the race Mark Johnston commented, “That was an exciting finish wasn’t it! I can’t say we came here hopeful as he has been off for 330 days with a fractured pastern and also had a foot abscess which took ages to clear up. We’ve always thought a lot of him when he was at the beginning of his two year old career, he actually was very forward for a Cape Cross, but obviously the injury held him up for most of the season. He won his maiden well last year and we have always liked him. We will look at taking him to the Dante at York in May, but I will speak to the owner first.”

GREATWOOD, who was second for Luca Cumani and Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, will now head to a Derby Trail at either Lingfield or Chester. The favourite Ghurair, who won the £500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2-Y-O Trophy, was third for John Gosden.