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Race Meeting Report - 8 July 2014

Wed, Jul 9, 2014

The rain just about held off during this evening meeting run on firm going, good to firm in places.

The six furlong seller that opened proceedings was won by Fairy Mist, following up on his win over a mile here two weeks ago. Asked by William Carson for an effort coming out of the dip, he collared Tiger's Home inside the last half furlong and stayed on well for a fairly straightforward length and a quarter victory. There was no bid for the John Bridger-trained seven year old.

In contrast to last week's debacle when he reared up in the stalls and lost many lengths, Handwoven (8/1) was quickly away and led throughout this six furlong contest. Joe Fanning didn't have to ask for maximum effort in order for him to break his duck at the 22nd attempt. Royal Brave was a never-nearer length and three quarters second. The winner was trained at Middleham by Mark Johnston.

An interesting two-year-old maiden over seven furlongs came next. Oregon Gift led until two out, when Shaakis (7/1) came to dispute the lead only to drop back until running on again for pressure in the last fifty yards. Dane O'Neill rode him for Marcus Tregoning, winning by a neck. In a blanket finish, Muradif and Pasticcio were denied clear runs on the rail and Pinter also ran with promise.

There was a vintage Richard Hughes ride in the mile and a half handicap. Despite being a fairly slowly run affair, Hughes kept Jewelled (6/1) in the rear until making good progress from three out and squeezing between the two leaders with a furlong to go. Sagesse was a half-length second. The winner was trained by Ralph Smith at Epsom.

The frequent runner-up Byrd In Hand (5/2 fav) had his moment of glory in the mile handicap. He was prominent early and, after being presented a clear run up the inside from over two out, stayed on dourly to hold off Hawk Moth by a length and three quarters, with none of the others getting in a blow. This was a double for the John Bridger-William Carson combination, who continue to do so well here this year.

We were treated to a terrific finish in the seven furlong fillies' handicap. Richard Hughes put the Richard Hannon-trained Royal Connection (6/4 fav) in front on the line. Aristocratic Duty, beaten a short head, had held a narrow lead during the last furlong but lost a shoe near the finish. Welsh Inlet finished fastest of all and was another short head away in third.

A good ride by Seb Sanders in the last, also over seven furlongs, enabled Born To Fly (8/1) to score for the Nick Littmoden yard. He drove the filly through a narrow gap with 150 yards to go, and then when caught by the late flourish of Moneypennie, she rallied to go a head in front as she passed the post.

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