WINDSOR'S first meeting of the Flat season attracted a good-sized crowd on Monday even though it was an overcast and a rather chilly afternoon, writes Dave Wright.

It was ladies' first with apprentice Laura Coughlan taking the opening five-furlong race on Ever Rock (20/1), who was winning at the 14th time of asking for Hungerford-based trainer Stan Moore.

Moore praised his young jockey, saying: "She has a great future."

Two more unfancied runners filled the first two places in the second race, with Chasanda, in the hands of Tom Marquand, beating fellow 25/1 shot Out of Breath.

Winning trainer David Evans also saddled the odds-on favourite, but Dorchester Dom, the mount of Adam Kirby, was withdrawn after playing up at the stalls and then running loose.

Favourite backers could smile after the next race with the Richard Hannon trained Days Of Glory (13/8) finishing strongly The fourth race produced a close finish between two outsiders with 20/1 First Quest, ridden by Charlie Bennett, getting up in the final strides to beat Simbirsk (25/1) by a neck.

It was a much-improved performance for Jim Boyle's five-year-old as he had previously finished last of 10 at Lingfield last month.

East Berkshire trainer Mick Channon was in the winner's enclosure after the next race, with his Diamond Dougal (4/1) running on well in the hands of Charles Bishop at the end of six furlongs to beat Equitation (6/1) by half a length.

Channon had intended to run the four-year-old at Doncaster last week, but the going was unsuitable.

"The ground is key to him," said the former England soccer star.

Richard Hannon was back in the winner's enclosure after the sixth race thanks to Mr Tyrrell (5/1), ridden by Ryan Moore, who got the better of Hackbridge (10/1) by a nose, much to the delight of owner Robert Tyrrell.

It was the horse's first run after a 284-day break and his first win in 20 starts.

The concluding race for three-year-olds went the way of 6/4 favourite Lethal Missile, ridden by Adam Kirby and trained by Clive Cox.

Kirby came with a perfectly-timed run in the extended mile race to take the lead in the final 100 yards to finish half a length up on the Channon-trained Dancing Jo (9/1).

All jockeys were said to be pleased with the racing surface, so full marks to the Windsor groundstaff.

The next meeting at the Thameside track is this coming Monday afternoon.