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Race Meeting Report - 24 June 2014

Tue, Jun 24, 2014

It was a fine warm afternoon, with the going good to firm, firm in places.

We got under way with a six furlong handicap. Appropriately Homeboy went for home some way out. Verus Delicia (7/1), running on steadily from midfield under Shane Kelly, was the only one to get to him. Sweeping past in the last half furlong, Daniel Mark Loughnane's mare won with a bit in hand by a length and three quarters.

Lambourn trainer Daniel Kubler posted his second winner of the season in the six furlong juvenile maiden with Dream Approval (5/1). In second place for most of the race, she took the lead with a quarter of a mile to go and came in almost three lengths clear of Sculptured for a fairly comfortable success. Thomas Brown was the winning jockey.

A five furlong handicap went to the Ron Harris-trained 16/1 outsider, Powerful Wind, on whom David Probert set a strong early pace. Three lengths clear at halfway, he ran on well under hard driving. Secret Millionaire was the only one to get in a blow, closing the gap to three quarters of a length at the line.

Men Don't Cry provided Ed de Giles and Oisin Murphy with a victory in the mile and a half handicap. He ran neck and neck with Litmus from halfway, and with both coming under increasing pressure they had a great battle up the straight with the rest of the field left trailing well behind. Only in the last few strides did Men Don't Cry gain the upper hand, finishing half a length in front.

In the mile and a quarter handicap, Gabrial The Terror (9/2) scored for the David Simcock yard that has so much success here. Martin Harley's mount was under pressure three out but, squeezing through on the far rail, he worried the pacesetting grey Cherry Princess out of it and ultimately was slightly flattered by a winning margin of a length and three quarters.

The John Bridger-William Carson combination has been doing well this season and their Fairy Mist (6/1) was another winner for them in the mile handicap. Switched to the outside when a gap closed a furlong out, he then ran on very well and collared Abigails Angel in the nick of time, passing the post in the lead by a head.

A seven furlong race closed proceedings. Eleven-time winner Ocean Legend (9/4 fav) was ridden along in third and not making much impression until the last half furlong, but in a bunch finish he ran on the best to lead in the last fifty yards. Kakapuka and Alcando were beaten a neck and the same. Tony Carroll trained the winner and Adam Kirby rode him.

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