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Race Meeting Report - 10 June 2015

Wed, Jun 10, 2015

The second June meeting was held on a sunny afternoon with a cold wind blowing. The going was good to firm.

There were representatives from various top stables in the first race, a 1m2f maiden. James Tate's filly Zamani (4/1) wasn't going very well coming out of the dip, but under hard driving from Luke Morris she took the lead off Jupiter Custos half a furlong out and stayed on much the best to win by a length.

In the 1m4f handicap Roy Rocket (3/1), with John Egan aboard, came with his trademark wide run to hit the front a furlong and a half out. John Berry's grey was always going to win from there. Senor George plugged on for second place but Roy had half a lengths to spare at the post for this, his third course win of the season.

There was a Khaled Abdulla 1-2 in the first of the 1m2f handicaps. Marmot (11/10 fav), with head held slightly awkwardly, was driven into the lead by George Baker inside the last two furlongs and although Crisscrossed threatened briefly the Roger Charlton-trained winner was in control and ran on to score by a length.

In the next race, also over 1m2f, the gambled-on Honey Badger took the lead two out only to be challenged promptly by Jazri (5/1), who got on top in the last few strides after a terrific battle in which they came very close together. There was only a head between the pair at the line, and they had pulled a long way clear of the rest. Luke Morris was completing a double riding this winner for Milton Bradley.

Another gamble, Belle Dormant, set a strong pace in the 7f handicap and was four lengths clear entering the final furlong. As so often happens, the Brighton hill took its toll and she tired quickly. In the last 50 yards Tropicana Bay and Arlecchino's Leap (6/1) swept past, the latter finishing the strongest. Mark Usher's consistent gelding was ridden to victory by Liam Keniry. The winning margin was a neck.

The penultimate race was over 6f. A furlong out last week's course winner Ecliptic Sunrise burst through a gap that had opened up at just the right moment and for a few moments she looked a sure-fire winner. However, Laura Mongan had booked Richard Hughes for her filly Hipz (gambled in to 9/4 fav) and he drove her alongside with half a furlong to go, straightened her up and then let her run on under hands and heels to win by a length and a quarter.

A 5f sprint ended the card. The trailblazing Pucon set up the race for the two form horses, Archie Stevens and the winner Whitecrest (5/2), who often runs well here. John Spearing's seven-year-old mare was outpaced early on but came through on the inside to lead with half a furlong to go, and apprentice Gary Mahon rode her out for a one length win.

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