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Race Meeting Report - July 18th

Thu, Jul 18, 2013

Today was hot, sunny and breezy, and the going was firm.

Tobougg Happy (4/11 fav) had a straightforward task in the first, over six furlongs, with Neil Callan choosing to make all the running. She already had the race won when she was shaken up with a furlong and a half to go and pulled seven lengths clear of Hatti to maintain trainer James Tate's good record here with two year olds.

Just Isla (3/1 fav), under a strong drive from two out, wore Squirrel Wood down in the last hundred yards to take the first division of the seven furlongs handicap by half a length. Peter Makin and Luke Morris were the successful trainer and jockey.

In a desperate finish for the second division, Luke Morris on Hawk Moth appeared to have done enough on the far rail only for the fast-finishing Gypsy Rider (14/1) in the centre to snatch the spoils at the last moment by a neck. This was trainer Roger Curtis's first winner of the season; it was ridden by his son Ned.

Next came a mile and a quarter handicap with three runners, two of which were recent course winners. Bartack was made odds-on favourite but had nothing left with two furlongs to go, leaving Saeed bin Suroor's Sadiq (6/4), who had led from halfway, to come home in his own time. Jockey Ahmad Al Subousi, having his first ride here, may never have an easier winner, the distances being 11 lengths and 31.

Betting was tight on the three runners in the mile handicap. Success went to the 5/2 outsider Lunar Deity, from the Eve Johnson Houghton yard. This was a double for Neil Callan, who, as in the first race, made all the running. Aqua Ardens, seeking a course and distance hat trick, was never going well but plugged on to be second, beaten two lengths.

There was drama at the start of the five furlongs sprint when Spic'n'Span reared leaving the stalls, unseating Luke Morris, and Volcanic Dust chose not to leave the stalls until after this had happened. The riderless horse caused some interference later, as it made its way through the field. The winner, Excellent Air (5/2 fav), was not affected. George Margarson's horse ran well here a fortnight ago and when Tom Queally sent him into the lead with a furlong to go the race was in the bag. Slatey Hen was a length and a half away in second place.

All four runners had a chance in the six furlongs handicap, including the veteran Stonecrabstomorrow, as usual running into form at this time of year. However, he had to give best to the seven years younger Cape Of Hope (8/11 fav), who was under pressure some way out but battled on well against the far rail for Robert Havlin. This was a winner for the Peter Chapple-Hyam yard.

Front runners have every chance here with fast going and Saint Ignatius (11/10 joint fav) won the last, a race for apprentices over a mile and a half, ridden that way by Tim Clark. They set a slow pace for more than half the race. All four were in line two out but none could pass the leader. Alan Bailey's gelding was half a length in front of the other joint favourite Beacon Lady at the line.

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Jim Beavis