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Race Meeting Report - October 8th

Tue, Oct 8, 2013

An afternoon that began sunny and warm became cool and cloudy by the end. Though the going was good to soft, hardly anyone tried to finish via the stands side route. Finding winners was tough unless you confined yourself to the even-numbered races.

Punters had the worst possible start when the clear favourite Bestfootforward unseated her rider when the stalls opened for the first race, a 15-runner six furlongs handicap. Under Steve Drowne Koharu (14/1) ran on from midfield to take the lead a furlong out and win by 3¼ lengths from Volito. Peter Makin trained the winner, who is now 2 out of 2 over course and distance.

A seven furlongs maiden for two year olds followed. This went to the David Simcock-trained and Fergus Sweeney-ridden Manipulation (4/1), who came from last place on the outside to hit the front over a furlong out. He hung left onto the far rails, impeding the eventual third, but went well clear. Eased down, the final margin of victory over Sweet P was 2½ lengths.

The third race was a seven furlongs nursery. Among the leaders all the way, Know Your Name (12/1) looked held three lengths behind Jive at the furlong pole but stayed on well to collar him on the line, winning by a head. Declan Bates rode the winner for the David Evans stable.

The Richard Hannon yard provided the winner of the mile maiden, Desert Society (11/4). Pat Dobbs made all the running on him and only had to resort briefly to the whip near the end to score by a length and a half. Grand Meister and the very erratic Caridadi took the minor honours.

Lydia Pearce's filly Corn Maiden (14/1) took the spoils in the fifth, a "hands and heels" apprentices race over a mile and a half. Brought by Lewis Walsh with a long steady run on the outside from some way behind, she took the lead half a furlong out and finished 1¾ lengths in front of Like Clockwork.

They went 9/2 the field in the mile and a quarter handicap, and it was one of the joint favourites, Compton Bird, that obliged for trainer Hans Adielsson and jockey Joey Haynes. Coming from third last, they surged into the lead a furlong out and quickly went clear. Grey Blue was 2¾ lengths back in second.

The last two races were one mile handicaps. The first division went to Pat Phelan's Epsom yard, with Pat's Legacy (10/1) upsetting the favourite Bloodsweatandtears, the latter being unique in trying the stands side route today. Jemma Marshall made all the running on Pat's Legacy, who had to be hard ridden to secure a 1¾ lengths victory.

The finale went to Sword Of The Lord (5/1), trained by Michael Bell and ridden by William Twiston-Davies. Travelling strongly mid-race, the horse was going conspicuously well with a furlong to go and when asked to accelerate soon put 2¾ lengths between himself and his pursuers, led by Uncle Dermot.

We will probably see some of these at the final meeting of the season here on Thursday 17th.

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Jim Beavis