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Race Meeting Report - 24 August 2015

Mon, Aug 24, 2015

Rain before and during the first part of the afternoon's racing meant the going was soft and the scene was set for some turn-ups. Nevertheless by the end of the day punters were getting their revenge.

The rails on the home turn were positioned to direct the field up the stands side, where they usually come on soft ground. The first of eight races was a 6f maiden for two-year-old fillies. Readers of Brighton Rock might have latched on to the relatively experienced Pinky Promise (17/2), who led all the way. From two furlongs out the Richard Hannon-trained filly drew three and a half lengths clear under Cam Hardie. The odds on Silent Dreamer was all at sea on the track but stayed on best of the others.

The six furlong Ian Carnaby Selling Handicap, always an intriguing race, came next. Conor Dore's four-year-old Tancred (16/1) had been placed only twice in 15 starts yet today, ridden by Kieran O'Neill, he led a furlong and a half out and battled on gamely to repel Time Medicean by a neck. There was no bid for the winner.

Addicted To Luck (25/1) led early, only to be headed by Poet's Song after two furlongs. That order remained the same until a furlong out, when the outsider inched back into the lead and galloped on well to score by three quarters of a length. Steve Drowne rode the winner for David Evans.

The 1m2f amateur riders' race was one in which the picture changed dramatically at its climax. Michelle Edden followed up her recent Chepstow win on Flag Of Glory (7/1), owned by her father and trained by Peter Hiatt. Struggling at the back half a mile out, they stuck to the stands rail and in the final furlong overtook six rivals who were spread across the rest of the track. The margin of victory was a length and a half.

The 1m2f maiden consisted of only three runners and it turned out to be easy for the 8/15 favourite St Saviour, who challenged the pacesetter Ad Dabaran two out, led soon afterwards and ran on much the stronger. Andrew Balding trained the five length winner and David Probert rode him.

The Mick Quinn-trained Rockie Road (11/10 fav) notched his third course win in division one of the mile handicap. Given a nice lead into the straight by Honiton Lace, who raced wide throughout, he was going easily when hitting the front approaching the final furlong. With Franny Norton aboard he coasted to a six length victory.

Cahala Dancer won at a big price at Chepstow last week after a long absence. Fears of the bounce factor were swept aside as she trounced today's opposition in the second division of the mile handicap, leading two out and drawing 14 lengths clear. The 5/2 favourite is trained near Epsom by Robert Mills and was ridden by Harry Poulton.

Last but not least, the 7f handicap went to John Gallagher's Brighton specialist Port Lairge (backed late from 5/2 to 11/8 fav). He tracked the leader World Record till two out, when Michael J Murphy asked him to go on. The response was decisive, and he pulled seven lengths ahead for his fourth course win.

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Jim Beavis