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Race Meeting Report - 30 May 2014

Fri, May 30, 2014

An eight-race card began under grey skies but the sun came out halfway through the afternoon. The going was good, good to soft in places.

We began with a sprint for two-year-old fillies. The 8/11 favourite Expensive Date was hard at work from halfway but Luke Morris's persistence paid off and she took the lead off Amber Crystal with 150 yards to go and, finishing strongly, was good value for her two and a half length success. The well-named winner (by Monsieur Bond out of Cheap Thrills) was trained by Paul Cole.

The 16/1 outsider of the field, Royal Warrior, took the six furlong handicap for three-year-olds. Allowed a soft lead, Oisin Murphy kicked on two out and the others had no response. Alan McCabe trained the winner. Three Cliffs was the runner-up, beaten a length and a half.

Oisin Murphy completed a quick double when piloting the Andrew Balding inmate Daylight (5/1) to a three-quarter length win in the next, another six furlong race. Held up behind a strong early gallop, he was forced to come wide but ran on well to lead inside the last half furlong. Naabegha was second. Course specialist Olney Lass showed promise over a distance short of her best in third.

12/1 is a long price for a Roger Varian-trained runner at Brighton and his Tears Of The Sun belied those odds by travelling well in the mile and a half handicap, taking the lead two furlongs out and going a couple of lengths clear. Tenderly handled from that point, Harry Bentley was almost caught out by the late run of Oasis Fantasy, who got to within a neck of the winner.

From the John Jenkins yard, Auden (5/1) was an easy winner of the mile and a quarter handicap. The mount of Pat Dobbs was one of a group that tried the stands side route. It was hard work to gain a narrow advantage with a furlong to go but in the closing stages he forged four lengths clear, staying on much the best. Litmus plugged on for second.

Ocean Legend (6/1) had won 10 of his 99 races before today, but none on turf. You wouldn't have known that by the way he put that right in the mile handicap, coming wide of the pack and taking the lead with half a furlong to go to score in good style for trainer Tony Carroll and jockey Ryan Tate. Imperial Glance was just over two lengths away in second place.

Tony Carroll had the winner of the first division of the seven furlong handicap in the form of Belle Bayardo (9/2). Hard ridden, he led a furlong out and withstood the challenge of Fairy Mist by a length, the pair pulling clear of the rest. This completed doubles for the trainer and Luke Morris, the jockey.

The last went to Perfect Pastimes (9/2), from the Epsom stable of Jim Boyle. Held up on the inside by Pat Cosgrave, he weaved his way through to draw level with Byrd In Hand at the furlong pole and ran on well to win by three quarters of a length.

The next meeting here is on Tuesday 3 June.

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Jim Beavis