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Race Meeting Report - 3 June 2014

Tue, Jun 3, 2014

The going was good to firm, with a few welcome sunny intervals on an otherwise fairly cool day.

The first race, for two-year-olds over six furlongs, was won by the Richard Hannon-Richard Hughes combination with When Will It End (7/2). He was being niggled along at halfway and Hughes was working harder still with two to go. Stamina eventually came into play and he led inside the last hundred yards. At the winning post he was value for more than the neck verdict over The Dapper Tapper.

The Paul Fitzsimons-trained Clapperboard (5/2) was an all-the-way winner of the seven furlong handicap. Without setting a particularly fast pace, the others were already in trouble before William Carson kicked on from two out. The filly's five length lead was whittled down to half a length by Tubeanie but the post was always going to come in time.

A fillies-only seven furlong handicap resulted in success for Amanda Perrett's Saucy Minx (4/1), with Jim Crowley on board. She was a hard ridden fourth of five and going nowhere with a furlong to go, when she suddenly began to run on strongly and swept past Interception two or three strides before the post to win by half a length.

The six-year-old Ifan had only had 14 races before today but he had won or been placed in 12 of them. Odds of 11/4 for the mile and a quarter handicap recognised his consistency and he improved his record further with a game win today. He led after a furlong and resisted challenges all around him from the dip onwards, especially a determined effort from Cravat, who was eventually defeated by a head. Tim Vaughan trained Ifan and Daniel Muscutt rode him.

Another mile and a quarter race went to Gung Ho (8/1), from the Tony Newcombe yard. Under pressure from his jockey Martin Lane some way out, he made laboured progress trying to catch the clear long-time leader Litmus, but when he reached her half a furlong out she had nothing left in the tank and Gung Ho scored by a length and a half.

After three thirds in a row Last Minute Lisa (2/1 fav) came good in the mile handicap. A last minute effort under Richard Hughes saw her pass Silvee and Lutine Charlie, who had had a good tussle all the way up the home straight, in the last fifty yards. Sylvester Kirk's filly won by a length.

The final race was a competitive five furlong handicap run at a good pace. Top weight Storm Lightning (4/1) was ridden confidently by George Baker, in a clear last place for most of the way. Coming widest of all the Mark Brisbourne-trained gelding made up ground remorselessly and picked off the leaders to finish a length and a half ahead of Welease Bwian.

The next racing here is on Tuesday 17th with an expected start time of 6.00.

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