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Race Meeting Report - August 20th

Tue, Aug 20, 2013

Racegoers enjoyed another warm and sunny afternoon with the predominantly good to firm going (becoming firm after the fifth race) helping to make winners relatively easy to find.

George Margarson was the successful trainer of the last race at the Festival meeting and he saddled today's first winner, Artful Lady (7/2), in a six furlongs handicap. Travelling well, a nice gap on the rail opened up for her two out and when Neil Callan asked her to overtake the pacesetting Idle Curiosity she obliged, for a fairly comfortable 1¾ lengths win.

A seven furlongs maiden for two year olds went to Lady Stella, from the Rae Guest yard. She was allowed to set her own pace until quickening two out under Luke Morris and promptly going 3¼ lengths clear of the disappointing odds-on favourite Secret Kode.

Sir Mark Prescott's North Pole (2/1 joint fav) took the mile race. He was unable to go with Pour La Victoire when that one made what looked like a decisive effort two out, but ran on doggedly and got the upper hand in the last fifty yards. Look out for this one running again soon. Luke Morris was the winning rider.

The Prescott-Morris combination was expected to follow up in the mile and a quarter handicap. Their Alzavola disappointed behind the consistent Jewelled (9/2), trained by Lady Herries. Running on the outside, Martin Lane avoided most of the trouble in a muddling affair and led entering the last furlong to score by 2¼ lengths from Banreenahreenkah.

Marju's Quest (3/1) beat Mizyen here last month and it was the same 1-2 today, over a mile and a half. David Simcock's charge, settled at the back early, made smooth progress on the outside to lead inside the last quarter of a mile and go clear to complete a hat-trick in style, with Martin Lane on board. The winning margin, which could have been much greater, was 2¼ lengths.

A seven furlongs race came next. Kamchatka (14/1) was the complete outsider, having beaten only one horse in his last four races. Today he broke well and was four lengths clear at halfway. By two out all his rivals were in trouble and though shaken up briefly, he won unchallenged. Perfect Mission finished 2½ lengths away in second place. Philip Hide and Liam Keniry were the victorious trainer and jockey.

A race over five furlongs ended the day with the grey Royal Bajan (9/4 fav) winning for James Given and Jim Crowley. The horse broke smartly and made the running. The Strig got through a gap on his inside to take a narrow advantage with a furlong and a half to go, only for Royal Bajan to fight back and, in an exciting finish, get the verdict by a neck.

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Jim Beavis