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Race Meeting Report - 16 June 2015

Wed, Jun 17, 2015

The going was good, good to firm in places on this warm, sunny evening, which began with Ecliptic Sunrise following up her recent first and second here with an emphatic win over 5f. Going well throughout, when David Probert asked her to accelerate inside the final furlong she put the race to bed in a few strides, beating Kuanyao by over four lengths. The application of blinkers has made all the difference to Des Donovan's filly this season.

The second race was for maiden two-year-olds over 6f. When Whitman and Show Stealer collared the early leader with a furlong and a half to go the former looked the stronger and edged ahead, only for Show Stealer (7/2) to stay on into the lead 150 yards out. Auxiliary ran on late from the rear to get to within half a length. This was another winner for David Probert, this time riding for Rae Guest.

The 1m2f fillies' handicap went to the Denis Coakley-trained Steppe Daughter (11/8 fav). Oisin Murphy held her up till pushing her along coming out of the dip, and without recourse to the whip she hit the front inside the final furlong and finished over two lengths clear of Yojojo.

Michael Madgwick's 13-race maiden Tommy Geal had few obvious form claims in the next, another 1m2f handicap, but belied that and his 12/1 starting price. Daniel Muscutt brought him from almost last place through an inviting gap on the inside to lead a furlong out. He stayed on strongly for a long-looking two and a half length success over the favourite Penang Paparaja.

In the fifth race, which was over a mile, Live Dangerously (5/2 fav), off only a slightly higher handicap mark for his course and distance win here a fortnight ago, obliged again. Keeping to the inside rail, William Carson chased John Bridger's gelding into the lead coming out of the dip and he forged clear in the final furlong. The winning margin over Elle Rebelle was a length and three quarters, but it could easily have been twice as much.

Another recent course and distance winner, Port Lairge (9/4 fav), repeated the dose in the 7f handicap despite being slowly away. In the sprint up the hill he was strongly ridden by Michael Murphy, but only with half a furlong left did he get to the front. New Rich came in half a length behind the John Gallagher-trained winner and the old course specialist Olney Lass showed signs that her turn could be near, finishing fourth.

Last week Belle Dormant showed marked improvement here and that was continued tonight when she won the 6f finale. Trained by Joseph Tuite and ridden by 16 year old Eddie Greatrex, the evens favourite looked like she'd be swamped with two to go, when she suddenly found more and ran out a clear-cut two length winner over Dubai Breeze.

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Jim Beavis