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Race Meeting Report - 15 September 2014

Mon, Sep 15, 2014

The going was good on this mild, intermittently sunny afternoon, but not for favourite backers in the first race. This was a two year old maiden over seven furlongs, with a long odds-on shot, Pivot Point. Going for home some way out, he could not withstand the determined effort of the well-named bottom weight, Little (7/2), who wore him down to lead inside the last hundred yards. Cam Hardie rode the winning filly for Jamie Osborne.

The mile and a quarter seller was won by Laura Mongan's Epsom raider Anginola (11/4 joint fav), who had been running over distances short of her best. Today she made good progress on the wide outside under Jenny Powell and burst well clear a furlong out. Her four length winning margin could easily have been doubled. She was sold for 4,200 guineas at the auction, and the runner-up Maid Of Tuscany went for 3,000.

Sir Tyto (3/1 joint fav), a winner here last month over ten furlongs, scored over a mile and a half today, with Richard Hughes riding for Peter Makin. He took the lead inside the last quarter mile and stayed on well under pressure to resist Tunnel Tiger by a length and a quarter. Old Megalala led for most of the race but once overtaken was allowed to come home in his own time.

Victorious here two years ago but winless since, Lutine Charlie (20/1) returned to form in the one mile handicap. Always prominent, Daniel Muscutt urged him to the front a furlong out and he led Claude Greenwood up the middle of the track to score by three quarters of a length. Pat Eddery was responsible for the winner.

First-time blinkers galvanised the Tony Carroll-trained Pour La Victoire (5/1 joint fav) to a third course win in the competitive seven furlong handicap. Leading two out, William Twiston-Davies kicked him into a clear lead and although this was being eroded in the final furlong he had done enough. He held on by three quarters of a length from Just Isla.

In the six furlong handicap Sussex trainer Luke Dace's recent course and distance winner Alnoomaas (6/1) followed up in convincing style, with Richard Hughes making all the running on him and having only Panther Patrol to worry about from the dip. Alnoomaas finished the stronger of the pair and had two and a half lengths to spare at the post.

Dusty Storm travelled well through the five furlong finale and when asked for an effort by Seb Sanders she quickly cleared right away from her rivals, allowing Seb the luxury of easing down in the closing stages. The Ed McMahon-trained filly coasted to a two and a half length success, with Lucky Surprise finishing second.

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Jim Beavis