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Race Meeting Report - July 25th

Thu, Jul 25, 2013

This evening began in warm sunshine with a hint of sea fret, but by the third race visibility was reduced to just two furlongs. Happily the sun reappeared for the last three races. The going was firm.

We began with a six furlongs selling handicap. Though Chester'slittlegem made a valiant attempt to lead throughout, he could not hold off the persistent challenge of Surrey Dream (9/2), who went a length and a quarter clear inside the final furlong. He is trained by John Bridger and was ridden by Kieran O'Neill. There was no bid for the winner. The third horse, Silly Billy, was claimed by northern trainer Brian Ellison.

The next contest, also over six furlongs, was a three-horse race that appeared to be a golden opportunity for Cape Of Hope to follow up last week's course win. Odds-on backers' hopes were dashed, for Bosham (3/1), from the William Jarvis stable, came out on top by a neck at the end of a spirited duel from two out. Darren Egan rode the winner.

Favourite lovers suffered another setback in the seven furlongs maiden, when Sir Mark Prescott's Chinese Jade (5/4), under Chris Catlin, led throughout. Ridden from three out, they held off Anglophile to score by a length. Both look set for improvement as the season goes on.

Beacon Lady's form figures here are 1202122 and she added another win in the mile and a half handicap (9/4). William Knight's filly looked held by the odds on favourite Reset City as they fought out the last quarter mile, but inside the last half furlong she ran on well to score by a length and a half. This was another winner for jockey Darren Egan.

It was appropriate that the mist had disappeared in time for the fifth race, another over a mile and a half, for Youmaysee made most of the running, and See And Be Seen (9/1) won. After the pacesetter faded away Uganda Glory took the lead on the far rail, only to be collared by See And Be Seen in the last half furlong. The winner, trained by Sylvester Kirk, held onto his neck advantage to the post under a strong ride from Renato Souza, for whom this was a first winner in the UK.

The penultimate event was over a mile and a quarter. In a race where they went a decent gallop, Marju's Quest (9/4) came from behind to take a narrow lead with 150 yards to go and then ran on well to go three quarters of a length clear of Mizyen at the post and give Darren Egan a treble. David Simcock trained the winner. For the fifth race in a row the favourite finished in second place.

Just Isla (10/11 fav) followed up last week's course and distance success with a half length victory in the finale over seven furlongs. Seb Sanders, riding Peter Makin's filly, waited till the last 250 yards before asking for an effort. Though they overhauled the long-time leader Pippy with half a furlong to go, Speedfit Boy delivered a late run that took him to within half a length of the winner.

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Jim Beavis