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Race Meeting Report - September 9th

Mon, Sep 9, 2013

Conditions had changed dramatically since last week's meeting, with the going now soft. It rained heavily halfway through the afternoon, though by that time favourite backers should have been content with their lot.

We began with a six furlongs fillies handicap and a winning odds-on favourite ridden by the champion Richard Hughes, fresh from victory in a big race in Turkey yesterday. The small field bunched on the stands rails and Saskia's Dream (8/11) had to wait till the furlong pole for a gap to come. Jane Chapple-Hyam's mare then had to work quite hard to get to the front but was the strongest at the finish, where she was a length ahead of Take The Lead.

Hughes notched a quick double with Juan Alonso (2/1 fav) in the seven furlongs maiden for two year olds. The improving Richard Hannon colt led from the outset and was first to the stands rail. He fended off a couple of challenges and ran on strongly to beat the second favourite Our Channel by half a length.

Soon after leaving the start of the mile and a half race Uganda Glory (9/4 fav) was chased into the lead by jockey Pat Cosgrave. Unchallenged, she kicked on over half a mile out and the rest were immediately in trouble. First-time visors may have helped this filly from the George Baker yard. Keeping to the stands rail, she had to be ridden along but her rivals never really threatened and she finished five lengths ahead of Special Report.

The fourth race brought another success for the first horse to reach the stands rail, the "golden corridor" when the going is soft. This was Hunting Rights (7/1), trained by Mark Johnston and ridden by Kieren Fallon. Taking up the running with six of the ten furlongs to go, Fallon was very keen to get the rail. Brown Pete was his only serious rival from three out, and when he dropped away Hunting Rights stayed on for an eased-down 4½ lengths success.

Last month's course and distance winner Kamchatka (3/1) followed up in the seven furlongs handicap. Leading soon after the start, he and Fairy Wing went off quickly to get to the stands rail first. Fairy Wing got the rail but not the lead, and he did not possess the stamina to stay with Kamchatka, who under Liam Keniry was driven on to a 3¾ lengths triumph. Charitable Act plugged on to take second place. Philip Hide trained the winner.

First-time blinkers did the trick for Handsome Stranger (6/1), trained by Alan Bailey, in the mile race. After a sustained battle up the straight with Pour La Victoire and Thomasina, Robert Tart's mount surged five lengths clear in the last furlong. The winner ran about three horses' widths off the rails, a strip which by this time of the day was rather less cut up than the stands rail.

In the finale, a one mile apprentices' handicap, the field came up the middle of the course. The race went to Who's That Chick (5/1), who ran well here a week ago. Running third most of the way, she took a clear lead two out and was all out to hold off a spirited effort from Ela Goog La Mou. She was trained by Ralph Smith at Epsom and ridden by Daniel Cremin.

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Jim Beavis