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Race Meeting Report - 16 October 2014

Thu, Oct 16, 2014

The last meeting of the season took place on a mild but increasingly cloudy afternoon.

The going was heavy, soft in places. Runners in the five-furlong opener duly headed for the stands rail, with one exception. William Carson defied convention last week to win a race going solo on the far rail, and he employed the same tactics today, with the result that he and Pharoh Jake (10/1) led or disputed the lead from the dip. Separated by the width of the track from the rest, he ran on stoutly to beat Perfect Pastime by a neck. This was trainer John Bridger's ninth course winner of the season, a remarkable achievement for a small yard.

The second race was a six furlong two-year-old maiden, in which Lackaday (6/5) secured a straightforward victory. Under Charles Bishop he made the running, pulled out more when challenged two out by Burning The Clocks, and went on to win by two and a half lengths. This continued the good recent form of Bishop and trainer Mick Channon.

The pair enjoyed more success in the next, a one mile nursery, with Follow The Faith (16/1). She was one of a trio that battled for the lead through the last two furlongs and in the conditions her extra experience may have won the day, as she outstayed the others to inch ahead in the last fifty yards. Joint favourites Burma Bridge and Brandon Castle were a head and a length and a quarter down at the post.

On his second run for trainer Mick Quinn, Rockie Road (8/1) won the mile handicap, with his jockey Paolo Sirigu sticking to the inside and squeezing through a narrow gap two out to take the lead off Turnbury inside the last half furlong. Three quarters of a length was the winning margin. Last week's winner Improvized was never in contention.

Another jockey with little experience of Brighton, Irineu Goncalves, took the next race. He was riding Glennten for Jose Santos. Starting at 6/1 for this mile and a quarter handicap, having been double those odds in the morning, he was the first stands side winner of the day. He led two out and stayed on well to hold off last week's 19 length winner Salient.

Those who acted upon Michael Scudamore's decision to send Eastern Dragon all the way from Herefordshire for the seven furlong handicap were rewarded when he won at odds of 7/1. The Noel Garbutt-ridden gelding swept past the stands side-duellers Freddy With A Y and Comrade Bond with half a furlong to go and won by two lengths.

The first division of the six furlong handicap saw another good stands-side battle, and though the favourite Posh Bounty appeared marginally to be getting the better of it, in the last few strides Tidal Beauty (7/1) edged into a narrow lead. The winning distance was a neck. Thomas Brown rode for the Epsom trainer Lee Carter.

The second division was won in remarkable style by John Gallagher's Port Lairge (14/1). A long wide last early on, and looking likely to pull himself up, he then decided to pick up the bit and responded to Chris Catlin's urgings gamely, coming up the centre of the course to lead inside the final furlong and win easily by two and a half lengths. Fujin finished second.

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Jim Beavis