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Race Meeting Report - 25 August 2015

Tue, Aug 25, 2015

Persistent rain, wind and sea frets made today heavy going in more ways than one, with the day punctuated by official inspections to see if racing could continue. Horses' ability to handle the ground was vital, and it was impossible to make up much ground from the rear.

The opener, at 2.15, was a 5f nursery. Secret Clause (3/1), a comparatively rare Brighton raider for Nottinghamshire trainer Michael Appleby, was driven into a clear lead a furlong and a half out by Andrew Mullen and that proved decisive. Fred's Filly finished two and a half lengths away.

Hardly anything could be seen of the second race, a 6f handicap. Ebor-winning trainer Joseph Tuite's Posh Bounty (9/4 fav), ridden by Martin Harley, came in two and a half lengths ahead of Gulland Rock.

The third race, a 7f two-year-old maiden, went off 25 minutes late after a stewards' enquiry into the condition of the course. Visibility had improved and we could see that Boutan (8/1) and Invigorate disputed the lead through most of the way, and the former kicked on with 150 yards to go. Jim Crowley rode the two and a quarter length winner for George Baker.

Another sea fret blew in for the fourth, a 1m4f handicap, and we could see very little of the three-runner race. Knight Music was the first to emerge from the gloom half a furlong out, with Voice Control following nine lengths in arrears. This was a winner for Epsom trainer Michael Attwater and jockey Robert Havlin.

For the delayed 4.15 race the stewards went down to the fret-swathed 1m2f start to determine whether the race could go ahead. It did, albeit at a very steady pace. Symphony Of Kings (11/4) made all the running and despite his jockey Rob Hornby losing an iron late on he kept going well enough to repel Response by half a length. It completed a double for Michael Attwater.

Viewing conditions were the best of the day for the sixth race, a one mile fillies' handicap. Quite simply, Welsh Inlet (9/2) led all the way. Already with a clear advantage three out, William Carson sealed the race by coming over to the stands rail, the traditional soft-going route, which had not been explored very much so far today. Three and a quarter lengths ahead of Maybe Now Baby at the line, it was the John Bridger mare's ninth win, and her fourth at this track.

Thanks to sterling efforts all round, the meeting was completed. The last race was over 7f. French Press (11/10 fav) was another to make most of the running, furnishing Michael Appleby and Andrew Mullen with a double. His narrow lead at the dip was extended with little effort to 13 lengths by the winning post. Fairy Mist led the rest home.

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