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Race Meeting Report - 29 May 2015

Fri, May 29, 2015

Rain in the first half of the afternoon led to the going being changed from good to firm before racing to soft after the third race. The murky conditions then gave way to some welcome sunny intervals.

Field Of Vision went close at Chepstow ten days ago and looked set for compensation in the 5f two-year-olds maiden after taking the lead a furlong out. However, Shane Kelly on Art Collection (5/2) had other ideas and conjured up a great finishing burst to win by a length and a quarter despite hitting the front only four strides before the post. Gary Moore trained the winner.

In the 6f race for three-year-olds there was another Moore success, but this was for trainer Stan with the 14/1 outsider of the party, Jimmy's Hall, who came from off the pace under Liam Jones to dash into the lead with 75 yards to go. Free Entry was beaten a length and a quarter into second place. All but one came over to the stands side, which set a trend for the rest of the card.

Jim Crowley allowed Noverre To Go (7/2) to make the running in the 6f handicap and he never saw another rival. Benefiting from being able to claim the stands rail, the Ron Harris-trained veteran won unchallenged, with Flexible Friend over two lengths away in second.

Crowley was on the scoresheet again aboard Quest For Wonder (15/8), who turned the four-runner 1m4f handicap into a procession. James Tate's filly was always travelling well and cantered into the lead three furlongs out, going on to an 11 length win over Spring Dixie.

John Egan has been in great form at Brighton this season and he piloted Tilstarr (11/4 jt fav) to victory in the 1m2f handicap. Roger Teal's Epsom raider took the lead with a furlong to go and won eased down by a length and three quarters, with the pacesetting Sexy Secret plugging on for second.

Hanno (3/1 jt fav), an 11-race maiden trained by Ed Dunlop, won the mile handicap in dramatic style. Pat Dobbs was hard at work on him in fifth place with a furlong to go, only for a sudden surge inside the last hundred yards to carry him quickly into the lead. Gannicus was a neck behind at the post, with Shifting Star the same distance back in third.

The John Gallagher-trained Port Lairge's only previous win was here on heavy ground and today's soft going was instrumental in his success in the 7f race that ended the card. The 7/2 shot made all the running under Martin Lane and battled well to repel challengers coming out of the dip. By the last half furlong he was in command, and came home a length and a quarter ahead of Black Caesar.

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