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Race Meeting Report - 7 September 2015

Mon, Sep 7, 2015

This afternoon began with warm sunshine, though cloud gathered later in the day. The going was good.

Heartsong (6/4 fav) followed up last week's Chepstow win when taking the 6f fillies' handicap. Once she'd picked up the free-running leader a furlong and a half out her jockey Michael Murphy didn't have to ask for maximum effort to repel Escrick's challenge. The John Gallagher-trained mare had a half length in hand at the post.

The form of Brian Meehan's Perkunas entitled him to be 8/15 favourite for the 7f maiden for two-year-olds. Impeded two out, Jimmy Fortune had to work hard to get him to overhaul the hanging Bluebeard with a furlong left, but once he got going he ran on well and the outcome was soon in no doubt. He was value for more than the length and a quarter winning margin.

Song Of Norway (9/4) was well backed on this, her first run for Chris Wall in the 7f handicap, and came from the rear to win comfortably. Ridden out in the penultimate furlong to take the lead off Starlight Symphony, she then coasted to a two and a quarter length success under Jim Crowley.

Equity Risk (4/1) is one of the lesser lights in the Roger Charlton stable but managed his first win for two years in the 1m2f handicap. He was brought with a steady run on the outside by George Baker to hit the front with a hundred yards to go. Sixties Love followed him to finish a half length runner-up.

With the odds on favourite Sociopath running a stinker, the way was clear for recent Brighton third Safira Menina (10/1) to consolidate that improvement in the 1m4f handicap. Driven into the lead by Charlotte Jenner a furlong out, she showed a good attitude and drew away from King's Concerto for a three and a half length victory for Alison Hutchinson's Newmarket yard.

Silvestre de Sousa made all on the grey Rosie Royale (5/1), despite running with one front shoe missing. Charlie's Star harried her throughout the last two furlongs but couldn't get closer than half a length, which was the deficit as they passed the post. Roger Teal trains the winner at Epsom.

A one mile race for apprentices ended the card. Jane Elliott's first ride at Brighton was a winning one on Icanboogie (28/1), who returned from a 607 day absence to furnish his new trainer John Gallagher with a double. Keen early, he was driven into the lead a furlong out and responded well to pressure to hold Hawk Moth at bay by a neck.

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