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Race Meeting Report - 19 August 2014

Tue, Aug 19, 2014

On this bright afternoon the going was good, good to firm in places. There were several good finishes, all rewarding come-from-behind rides.

Arizona Snow (15/2), who had shown early pace here last time out, was dropped back to five furlongs today but hardly went a yard for most of the race. Suddenly he ran on with great gusto and swept past his four rivals others in the space of half a furlong to score by a head for Ron Harris and Luke Morris. Lady Zodiac was second.

A six furlong handicap came next. Pat Cosgrave held up course winner Perfect Pastime (3/1) until asking for an effort with a furlong and a half to go. He then switched round Captain Ryan and ran on for a decisive length and a quarter victory. Jim Boyle trained the winner at Epsom.

Cam Hardie, unseated at the start of the first race on a Richard Hannon runner, gained compensation on another with a four length success aboard Al Bandar (8/13 fav). He had to be quite hard ridden to wrest the lead from Cosmic Ray a furlong out, but from that point he ran on very strongly. A step up in trip looks likely.

The fourth race, over a mile and a half, went to Chesil Beach (5/1), trained by Andrew Balding. Held up till the dip, David Probert brought her wide but by then Sandy Cove had gone three or four lengths clear. Chesil Beach steadily made up ground and overhauled the leader in the last fifty yards. There was a neck between them at the line and fifteen lengths back to the others.

The mile and a quarter handicap was won by Whinging Willie (7/1), in an exciting three-horse finish with Dalaki and This Is The Day a nose and a neck away. The winner had hung to the left when the whip was applied, so to avoid interfering with his rivals Hector Crouch relied on hands and heels in the last half furlong to keep the horse straight. Gary Moore trained the winner.

David Probert achieved a quick double courtesy of Why Not Now (5/1), one of the lesser lights in the Roger Charlton stable. She came from the rear with a wide run from out of the dip to dispute the lead with Patronella with 150 yards to go, before exerting in the last four or five strides to win by three quarters of a length.

The in-form Hawk Moth (11/4 fav) won the last, a seven furlong handicap. Luke Morris had to come widest of all as the field fanned out across the track. He nailed Jontleman, the second widest finisher, in the last stride. Morris, for whom this was a double, was riding for John Spearing.

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