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Strike The Tiger holds on from Fratellino to land the Windsor Castle Stakes

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

Notable strike
for Tiger Ridge

CALIFORNIA trainer Wesley Ward was adamant that he would not leave Royal Ascot empty handed, and he was proved right when his homebred Strike The Tiger showed blinding pace to deny Fratellino in the Windsor Castle Stakes.

The colt's victory also marks a first European stakes success for Tiger Ridge, who now resides at Mary Slack's Wilgerbosdrift Stud in South Africa following six seasons under the Walmac International banner at Hartley/De Renzo South in Florida.

As a Storm Cat half-brother to US Classic winners and Grade 1-producing sires A P Indy and Summer Squall, big things were expected of Tiger Ridge onthe racecourse.

Yet he displayed little of that pair's talent, running placed twice in five starts as a four-year-old for trainer Neil Howard.

However, the 13-year-old stallion, who is inbred 3x2 to Secretariat, has enjoyed more success at stud; despite never standing for more than $7,500 during his time in the US, he has been responsible for 13 stakes winners headed by the triple Grade 2 winner Leah's Secret and Gallant Ruler, a Group 1 winner in Puerto Rico.

R Lucky Strike is the only winner out of triple scorer Osho Togo, a daughter of Strike Gold. R Lucky Strike has a yearling filly by Californian-based sire Tribal Rule.







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