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Race Meeting Report - 1 July 2014

Tue, Jul 1, 2014

The first July meeting was held in gloriously sunny, warm conditions with the going firm, good to firm in places.

The opener was a six furlong handicap. Johnny Splash set off at a great pace but had no answer to Birdie Queen (7/2), who took up the running inside the last couple of furlongs. Gary Moore's well supported filly got off the mark in good style by three lengths. She was George Baker's only booked ride here today.

The favourite Handwoven threw away his chance in the seven furlong race by dwelling in the stalls. At the business end, Perfect Pursuit (6/1) and Bereka came up the centre, pulling clear of the rest in the last half furlong, with the former getting up in the final strides. Winning trainer Clive Cox and jockey Ryan Tart have been in good form recently.

The mile and a quarter maiden turned into an armchair ride for Adam Kirby on Tryster (a weak 5/6 favourite), who cruised upsides the leader Executrix in the dip. When allowed some rein in the last furlong, he cantered five lengths clear of the runner-up Mbhali. Charlie Appleby trained the winner for Godolphin.

The favourites in the mile and a half handicap seemed set to fight out the finish. Right Of Appeal led until being bumped and then pushed onto the rails by Red Passiflora a furlong out. Meanwhile the Andrew Balding-trained Libeccio (8/1) had taken time to get going, but stayed on best to lead in the last sixty yards. Liam Keniry's mount had a length and three quarters to spare at the line.

A handicap over a mile and a quarter followed. Last Minute Lisa (7/2), known to be hard to win with, was held up in last initally before being brought steadily through the field. Asked for a final effort, she hit the front with a hundred yards to go. Sylvester Kirk's filly won by two and a half lengths from Cherry Princess. It looked easy, but only thanks to a fine ride from Pat Dobbs.

Byrd In Hand set a good early gallop in the mile handicap. Adam Kirby stoked up Who's That Chick (11/8 fav) from three out and gradually drew level with the leader before pulling clear in the final furlong. This was Kirby's second winner of the afternoon. Ultimately it was a length and a half success for the Ralph Smith-trained mare.

Course regular Welease Bwian (6/4 fav), ridden by Aaron Jones, scored on turf for the first time in 26 attempts. Stuart Williams's runner had just two opponents in this five furlong contest and was always going well, hitting the front with a furlong to go and going on to score by just over two lengths.

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Jim Beavis