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Race Meeting Report - 6 May 2014

Tue, May 6, 2014

The first day of the two-day May meeting was sunny and the going was good, good to firm in places.

The first, a six furlong maiden, went according to plan with the 4/5 favourite Iftaar making all the running and being pushed clear by Dane O'Neill from two furlongs out. Easing up close to the line allowed the second favourite, A Legacy Of Love, to get to within a length of the Charlie Hills-trained winner.

The next, also over six furlongs, brought success for Dean Ivory's Crystalized (2/1 fav). Fergus Sweeney swept her into the lead two out and despite the filly idling she was much too strong for Sweet Piccolo, who was a length and three quarters away in second.

The third was an apprentice handicap over a mile and a quarter. Thirteen-year-old Megalala's wide-margin course and distance win two weeks ago looked like it was a fluke, but with only three realistic rivals he was able to repeat the previous front-running tactics today under Cam Hardie. He didn't establish such a big lead this time, but it was obvious from some way out the others would be unable to peg him back. Going off at 15/8, John Bridger's veteran was winning for the 17th time, finishing three and a half lengths ahead of Salient.

Peter Charalambous' stable star Boonga Roogeta (11/4) bypassed a valuable race at Newmarket on Sunday to run in the mile and quarter fillies' handicap. Rosie Jessop took her into the lead after a couple of furlongs and there she stayed, kicking on two out and getting the better of a prolonged battle with Yojojo by a nose.

The fifth race, over seven furlongs, was won by Ishiamber (7/2), trained by George Baker and ridden by Martin Dwyer. She came to the front three out and went three lengths clear, and although being caught hand over fist at the end by Eastern Dragon and Jaladee she always had enough in hand. This was her third win in a row. A length and a quarter was the margin of victory.

Martin Dwyer completed a quick double on the grey Lady Horatia (13/8 fav) in the six furlong handicap. Sending the William Muir-trained filly into the lead two out, she ran on strongly and extended her advantage through the final furlong to six lengths. A step up in class can't be far away. Baars Causeway was second.

Finally, another success for an old-timer. The five furlong sprint went to the ten-year-old Hamoody, who was winning his eleventh race. Handily placed at the leader's quarters, he took a fractional advantage from Sir Pedro at the furlong pole and had three quarters of a length in hand at the line. Joseph Tuite trained and Thomas Brown rode.

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