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Race Meeting Report - 1 September 2014

Tue, Sep 2, 2014

The second day of this late summer meeting was cloudier than the first and winners were not as easy to find. The going was generally good, good to firm in places. Front runners did well, and the stands side route became increasingly popular as the afternoon went on.

The first race was the Ian Carnaby seller, run over six furlongs. It was all too appropriate that a 12/1 outsider called Bookmaker should beat the favourite Just Isla in a close stands-side finish. First-time blinkers did the trick for the Olly Stevens runner, who Liam Jones drove into the lead a furlong and a half out. He ran on well to win by a head prior to being sold for 4,000 guineas at the auction.

A six furlong race for two-year-old maiden fillies went to the 5/2 favourite Renaissant, trained by Richard Hannon and ridden by Richard Hughes. She led virtually from the start and set a strong early pace. In the straight she beat off Siren's Cove and then held the late challenge of Queen's Pearl by half a length.

Next came a six furlong nursery, in which nearly all the runners were level approaching the furlong pole. Having been last for the first half of the race, Martin Dwyer brought Emef Rock (20/1) widest of all to take the lead off Dream Approval in the closing stages and win by a head. Mick Channon's runner has presumably benefited from a gelding operation.

The mile and a quarter handicap brought an all-the-way win for Ana Shababiya (8/1), who went off fast early. Tom Queally slowed it down mid-race before going for home three out. She had to see off a persistent challenge from Whitby Jet but the Ismail Mohammed filly responded gamely and passed the post a neck in front.

Sir Michael Stoute's runner in the ten furlong maiden, Long View, had Ryan Moore on board and was not surprisingly made 11/8 favourite. After disputing the lead she went for home two and a half out and the further they went the better she looked, finishing five lengths ahead of Steppe Daughter.

Ryan Moore rode and his father Gary trained Chanceuse (8/1) to win the first division of the mile handicap. Once they overcame traffic problems and a gap appeared inside the final furlong, a powerful late run took the filly to a convincing length and three quarters triumph over Elle Rebelle.

Claude Greenwood (14/1) took the second division, leading throughout under Charles Bishop and resisting several challengers up the straight to score for Kent trainer Linda Jewell. Abigails Angel was a head away in second.

The eighth and last race was a seven furlong handicap, which was won by Bayleyf (100/30) for Epsom trainer Lee Carter. Stevie Donohoe set a strong pace and was probably at least two lengths clear all the way up the straight, running on strongly to beat Freddie With A Y by three and a quarter lengths to achieve his first win in three years.

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Jim Beavis