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Race Meeting Report - 28 April 2015

Tue, Apr 28, 2015

The second meeting of the season was run on good to firm going on a bright, cold day. There were doubles for jockeys John Egan and Martin Dwyer and victories for two horses that won here last week.

The first race was a 5f maiden for two-year-olds in which Just Emma (3/1) capitalised on her experience of the course, breaking quickly from the stalls and making all under John Egan. When he shook up Joseph Tuite's filly with a furlong and a half to go she went clear and coasted home about two lengths ahead of Fast Gold.

Only three started for the 7f handicap, but it was a fascinating race, with Ganymede and Dr Red Eyes renewing their rivalry after finishing first and second here last week. All three runners contested the lead up the straight. Eventually the Doctor dropped back and Ganymede (4/6 fav) took a narrow advantage but Jonnie Skull made a last-ditch lunge for the line and the favourite had only a nose to spare at that point. George Downing rode the winner for Eve Johnson Houghton.

Another of last week's winners, Roy Rocket (7/2), scored again for the John Berry-John Egan combination. This time it was over the longer distance of 1m4f. As before, he was brought from the rear with a smooth run on the outside. Leading with a furlong to go, he stayed on well to go more than three lengths clear of Edward Elgar.

The withdrawal at the start of the second favourite in the 1m2f handicap meant that backers of Glennten had to bear a 30% deduction from their winnings on the 6/4 favourite. Martin Dwyer had him in front all the way and having shrugged off Rock Charm, who reached his quarters three out, he galloped on dourly to win by two and a half lengths. This was a second course and distance success for Jose Santos's horse.

The ten-year-old Shifting Star (100/30), having his 112th race, made all in the mile handicap to continue the good run John Bridger and William Carson had here last year. Though Stormbound disputed the lead in the dip and Sixties Love tried unsuccessfully to come up his inside, Shifting Star kept up the gallop to win by a length. This was his twelfth victory.

Stuart Kittow's Devon raider Plauseabella sprang a 14/1 shock in the 7f handicap, leaving her old form well behind when dashed into the lead by Martin Dwyer with 150 yards to go. Port Lairge, awkward leaving the stalls, did well to finish second, beaten just a length, although the winner had a bit in hand.

Emily Davison made a determined attempt to lead throughout the 5f handicap, finding more while being challenged all the way up the straight. However, Martin Harley brought Storm Lightning (5/2 fav) alongside with a furlong to go and edged into the lead in the last hundred yards. Mark Brisbourne trained this previous course and distance winner. The winning margin was a neck.

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Jim Beavis