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Race Meeting Report - 17 June 2014

Tue, Jun 17, 2014

This evening's meeting took place in calm, sunny conditions, on going that was good to firm (firm in places).

Bubbly Bailey set out to make all the running at a brisk pace in the five furlong opener, and burnt off all the rest bar Tychaios (7/4 fav), who after a tussle from over a furlong out hit the front with a hundred yards to go. Stuart Williams trained the winner, who was fresh from an eight-month break, and Sean Levey rode it.

Geological (7/4 joint fav), the subject of good support in the ring, led or disputed the running in a race for two-year-olds over six furlongs. He got the better of the debutant Faraajh, squeezing that one against the rail 150 yards out before bumping the rail himself. Steady Major ran on nicely to finish three quarters of a length behind the Richard Hannon-trained winner. Sean Levey was the winning jockey again.

The ten furlong fillies' handicap looked a tightly-knit affair with the outsider of the field priced at just 5/1. As it turned out, Taro Tywod (11/4) was the easiest winner of the night, coming through a big gap on the rail left by the pacesetting Trulee Scrumptious. Taking the lead two furlongs out, she was rousted along by the in-form apprentice Cam Hardie before coasting to a four and a half length victory for the Mark Brisbourne yard.

The fourth race, another ten furlong handicap, produced the finish of the day. There were seven were in line across the course at the half furlong pole. Finishing with a terrific flourish, widest of all, came Redlorryyellowlorry (66/1). The commentator's nightmare had been second last and struggling with a furlong go go. Taking the lead with fifty yards to go, his momentum carried him to an ultimately-comfortable three-quarter length success for trainer George Baker and jockey Martin Lane. Bishop Wulstan was second.

Who's That Chick, under pressure from two out, got to the front with 150 yards to go of the mile handicap only to be denied in the last strides by Elle Rebelle (6/1), another wide-runner to come from well in arrears. This completed doubles for jockey Cam Hardie and trainer Mark Brisbourne, whose journey from Shropshire was made worthwhile.

Mambo Spirit led for most of the seven furlong handicap but he gave way with half a furlong to go. Mrs Warren (9/2) and Shifting Star shot past, with the filly carrying the other horse over to the rails and finishing just a neck in front. She survived the stewards' enquiry to furnish George Baker with his second triumph of the evening. Martin Dwyer rode the winner.

The favourite Avonmore Star (10/11) came up trumps in the six furlong finale, following up his recent Nottingham win by making all the running under Oisin Murphy. Alan McCabe's runner drew steadily away in the last furlong and a half to score by three and a quarter lengths from Koharu.

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Jim Beavis