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Race Meeting Report - 5 May 2015

Tue, May 5, 2015

The combination of overnight rain and very strong winds on this sunny afternoon made the going good, good to soft in places. As the day went on jockeys increasingly preferred to finish up the middle and on the stands side. The last four races were won by horses who had already won on the course.

The first was a 6f maiden for three-year-olds. Appropriately, given the weather, Hurricane Alert was quickly away but he had no response once David Probert guided Fujiano (11/10 fav) past him on the rails a furlong out and went over three lengths clear. General Potempkin made late progress into second behind the favourite, who comes from Mike Murphy's yard in Bedfordshire.

A 6f handicap for three-year-olds followed, and the trusty combination of Messrs Hannon and Hughes hit the target with Chevallier (10/11 fav), who took the lead off Mrs Eve a furlong out, going on to score by just over three lengths. Handicap debutant Herecomestheband made late progress to finish second.

Although slowest away in the 7f race, Gary Moore's often-placed Freddy With A Y (9/4 fav) came wide and late under the in-form George Baker to take the lead off the outsider Veeraya inside the last furlong to win by a length and a quarter.

The fourth race was run over one mile. A winner here a fortnight ago, Pick A Little (6/1) hit the front two out under Richard Kingscote and ran on well to hold off last week's runner-up Sixties Love by a length and a quarter. Trained by Michael Blake, it was the horse's third course win and his twelfth in all.

The feature race was a 1m2f fillies' handicap. A course winner over further, Tears Of The Sun (8/1) took a narrow lead off the pacesetting Boonga Roogeta coming out of the dip and stayed on in determined fashion up the hill for a three-quarters of a length victory. Elbereth ran on late to grab second. Clive Cox trained the winner and Adam Kirby rode her.

The seventh and by far the most decisive win of Ginzan's career came in the 5f handicap, at odds of 3/1. Pushed along by Martin Dwyer, she led a furlong out and galloped on strongly for a six length success. Her trainer Malcolm Saunders will no doubt run her again soon, before the handicapper can react. Iseemist, who had disputed most of the running, kept on well for second place but is better over further.

The finale was a 1m2f apprentices' handicap. After the fourteen-year-old Megalala had set the pace and gone clear Jack Budge, riding last week's course and distance winner Glennten (15/8 fav), went in pursuit and collared the old boy with two and a half furlongs to go. Coming up the hill Jazri steadily closed on the favourite, but the post came in time and Jose Santos's gelding had half a length to spare at the end.

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Jim Beavis