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Race Meeting Report - June 25th

Tue, Jun 25, 2013

The weather conditions were fair and the going was good to firm.

Nicole Nordblad enhanced her excellent record at Brighton with a win on Beacon Lady (3/1) in the mile and a half handicap. Brought wide, she came from last to first at the furlong pole and after a couple of taps pulled away easily to beat the long-time leader Steely by six lengths. William Knight's filly looks destined for further success here.

The next race was over a mile and a half. Green Earth (2/1 fav) notched his fourth consecutive victory for trainer Pat Phelan. It was hard work overhauling the clear leader Standing Strong, but once he was passed inside the final furlong the race was in the bag. Others, led by Whinging Willie, were closing at the finish but jockey Jemma Marshall had a little more in hand than the official one length verdict.

The mile handicap brought success for another previous course winner in the form of Gary Moore's Lightning Spirit (7/2), owned by Heart of the South Racing. This was another horse to be held up at the back and brought with a long run on the outside to lead in the last furlong. The winning margin of 1½ lengths would have been doubled if George Baker hadn't eased up near the post. Benandonner came back to form to finish second.

The fourth race was over five furlongs. The commentators' nightmare Sandfrankskipsgo (7/2) was held up for a run on the inside by Shane Kelly. When the gap came two out he came through it, fighting off the favouriter Red Refraction. The late run of Whitecrest took him into second, beaten a length. The winning trainer Peter Crate, from Newdigate in Surrey, plans to run him again at Windsor soon.

A race for two-year-olds over six furlongs followed. Once she opted to go for a gap on the rails Cathy Gannon urged Picks Pinta (7/4 fav) alongside Sakhee's Squirrel and mastered the runner-up in the last fifty yards, veering slightly right through greenness. Jo Hughes was the winning trainer, and the margin of victory was half a length.

Last week's all-the-way winner Russian Bullet could only lead till two out over this longer distance of six furlongs. A few traffic problems on the rails at that point did not affect Milton Bradley's runner Hamis Al Bin (12/1). His rider Luke Morris elected to take the wide route and once he was ridden out with a furlong to go, he swept past and won by a comfortable 1¾ lengths from Ridgeway Sapphire.

We wound up with a race over seven furlongs, in which Decent Fellow (2/1 fav) laughed at the opposition, scooting five lengths clear of Kamchatka under apprentice Oisin Murphy in a decent time. The horse from the Violet Jordan stable had a clear passage on the far rail and took the lead a furlong out. The handicapper has dropped him two stones since his last win in 21 races ago, but now he has found some form he could go in again before long.

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Jim Beavis