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Race Meeting Report - 23 August 2015

Sun, Aug 23, 2015

Fortunately the rain passed over before Family Day got under way and there were sunny spells to help dry out the good to soft going.

Halfway through the opener, a 5f maiden for two-year-olds, Florencio (5/4 fav) was being niggled along by Martin Dwyer. However, once he took the lead two out the William Muir-trained colt was in complete command and ran on to a six length victory over My Best Song.

Waseem Faris (9/2) set off at a terrific pace in the 5f handicap and the others, led by the Brighton Bullet winner Pour La Victoire, never looked like pegging him back. Three lengths was the margin of victory for Gary Mahon, who was riding for Ken Cunningham-Brown

In contrast, the outcome of the 7f maiden for two-year-olds was in doubt until the final strides. My Favourite Thing led with a furlong to go, Start Time overtook her with 75 yards to go and at the last moment the staying-on Goodwood Zodiac (9/2) passed them both. The winner by a head, trained by William Knight at Angmering, had been stoked up by Frederik Tylicki from two out and appreciated the step up in trip.

Tylicki was on the scoreboard again in the next, a 1m2f fillies' handicap. He brought Roger Varian's Shasag (4/1) widest of all to lead a furlong and a half out. The favourite, Lilian Baylis, took too long to get going and finished second, beaten a length and three quarters.

All six runners in the 1m4f handicap were virtually level coming out of the dip, one of whom was the popular grey Roy Rocket, although he soon faded out of contention. Idle Talker (2/1 fav) ran poorly over hurdles the other day but back on the flat he overcame traffic problems twice to lead with 50 yards to go and score by a neck and a head. Safira Menina was just run out of second by the fast-finishing Mistamel. It was a chance ride for Kevin Stott, who had never been jocked up by Jose Santos before.

Ron Harris's Vincentti (8/1) recorded his first success for almost three years in the 6f handicap. Matthew Cosham was riding him hard two out but once he took the lead with a hundred yards to go it was plain sailing. A length and three quarters in arrears at the post, Essaka was staying on nicely for second.

There were five in the last race, over a mile, but one waited till the others had gone a furlong before setting off and the favourite's saddle slipped early in the race. Of the rest, Double Czech made the running and kept on determinedly while challenged throughout the last two furlongs by Gannicus (3/1), who eventually edged into the lead with about 30 yards to go. Jenny Powell rode the neck winner for her father Brendan.

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