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Race Meeting Report - 31 August 2014

Mon, Sep 1, 2014

The first day of this two-day meeting brought plenty of sunny intervals, good going and a double for Sussex trainer Luke Dace.

A five furlong handicap began proceedings. William Muir's recent Newmarket winner Secret Missile (7/2 fav) broke well from stall one and made all the running, being brought up the centre by Martin Dwyer to hold Secret Millionaire fairly comfortably in the last furlong. Three quarters of a length was the winning margin.

The next was a three-runner affair confined to two-year-olds, also over five furlongs. The 4/7 favourite Tongue Twista disputed the lead before going ahead two out. Jim Crowley had to work hard on her to withstand the challenge of Pretty Picture, who was half a length down at the post. The winner was trained by Nick Littmoden.

Some big stables had runners in the seven furlong maiden for two-year-olds and it was a competitive affair up to the furlong pole. There Grand Spirit (6/4 fav), second here last time, challenged River Dart, gave him a bump and wandered round a little erratically but pulled almost four lengths clear while doing so. Adam Kirby rode the winner for Luca Cumani.

Arabian Beauty (3/1 jt fav) took the lead with a furlong of the mile and a quarter fillies' handicap to go and Kieren Fallon needed all his strength to get her home a short head in front of Yojojo. In an exciting finish, they started their runs against the stands rail and drifted across to the far side, finishing well clear of the rest. Saeed bin Suroor was the winning trainer.

A mile and a half handicap followed, in which Henry Candy's Hallbeck (7/2) was an all-the-way winner. Her rivals had nothing to offer once she was driven into a clear lead two out by Dane O'Neill and their acceptance of the situation allowed her to score by three and three quarter lengths, with Dark Days filling the runner-up berth.

The grey Emman Bee (5/1) won the mile handicap for Luke Dace, who trains at Billingshurst. She poked through a rapidly-narrowing gap on the inside a furlong out before sauntering to a seven-length success under Daniel Muscutt. The in-form mare is in foal and this was her last racecourse appearance. Hawk Moth continued in good form, finishing second.

Luke Dace had booked Richard Hughes for Alnoomaas (5/1) in the last, a six furlong handicap, and the champion jockey duly delivered another winner. Alone on the near side, he swept past the main group on the far side to lead well inside the last furlong. Parisian Pyramid was beaten half a length into secon

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