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Race Meeting Report - 7 October 2014

Tue, Oct 7, 2014

There were some serious setbacks for punters on this mainly wet and windy afternoon, where the going changed from soft to heavy after the fourth race.

The first race, a six furlong handicap, was won by Telegraph (28/1), who shot into the lead after a furlong or so and led the field across to the stands side rail. Although passed by Ecliptic Sunrise in the last furlong he rallied well to regain the lead in the last fifty yards and score by half a length. John Egan rode the winner for David Evans.

The same combination was responsible for the next winner, Ciaras Cookie (16/1). In this seven furlong handicap Egan employed the same tactics on this filly. Coming up the straight she was one of several in contention but looked held until the last few strides, where suddenly she ran on to deprive Bling Ring and Shipwright by a short head and a neck.

One of the 5/4 joint favourites in the seven furlong maiden, Vegas Rebel, was an appropriate winner on a day where the races were sponsored by a casino. He weaved through from the rear to take up the running inside the final furlong and go on to a three and a half length win over Burma Bridge. The others were 13 lengths and more behind. Peter Chapple-Hyam trained the winner and Martin Harley rode.

The mile maiden was won by the 66/1 debutante, Smile That Smile, despite her slow start. The Mark Tompkins-trained filly was pushed along in last by Jimmy Quinn coming up the straight, and when a gap opened she burst through readily. Although challenged by Toofeeg she stayed on well to win by a head. To the bookmakers' delight, the five runners finished in reverse order to the betting.

The first division of the mile handicap went to Improvized (15/8 fav), ridden by Steve Drowne, who came from a clear last place to make good progress in the last furlong and lead with 75 yards to go. The William Muir-trained filly stayed on well to finish half a length up on the front-running veteran Shifting Star. Trainer John Bridger and jockey William Carson, who were responsible for the runner-up, gained compensation in the second division when their Byrd In Hand (7/1) notched his third course win. Carson was the first jockey to keep to the inside coming round the bend, thereby obtaining a big lead which was only reduced late on by Black Dave, who was three lengths adrift at the line.

The seventh race was over a mile and a quarter. On Demand tried to slip the field and nearly succeeded, only to be foiled by Mister Mayday (9/2), who came from last to take the lead a furlong out and hold on well by a length and three quarters under Pat Cosgrave. George Baker trained the winner.

The last race, over a mile and a half, and was a hands and heels event for apprentices. After a strong early pace was set, Kieran Shoemark let nine-times winner Salient (11/1) bowl into the lead five out and he went further and further clear. Michael Attwater's charge finished 19 lengths clear of Focail Mear.

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