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Race Meeting Report - 21 June 2016

Tue, Jun 21, 2016

For this meeting on the longest day of the year the going was good to soft, but with both sun and wind drying it out all the time the unofficial view was that it was more good than soft.

The 5/6 favourite Fair Power made short work of his rivals in the first, a six furlong race for two-year-olds. He jumped straight into the lead and although Tom Marquand had to drive him along in the last furlong and a half his only challenger Rising Eagle never looked likely to get on terms. Two lengths was the winning distance for the Sylvester Kirk colt. Debutante Dixie Peach showed a little promise in third.

There was a turn up in the 6f handicap. 14/1 didn't seem a generous price for Titus Secret, who had beaten a total of just five horses in his eight previous starts due to a habit of rearing up in the stalls. That now seems to have been cured. He made progress on the outside, hangng steadily to the left and swishing his tail occasionally as he took the lead with 150 yards to go. Fergus Sweeney rode him for Malcolm Saunders. Wahab, knocked against the rails in scrimmaging just over a furlong out, was catching up rapidly at the end and was an unlucky half-length loser.

The 5f handicap produced a terrific finish. Monumental Man set a strong gallop and led to the half furlong pole, when he was swamped by three rivals who flashed past the post together. It transpired that Bouclier (2/1 fav) got up in the last stride, with Bahamian Sunrise and Ginzan a nose and a head away.

Solveig's Song (4/1) repeated her course and distance victory of a month ago in the 1m2f handicap, hitting the front on the outside two out and galloping on strongly to beat Whip Up A Frenzy by almost three lengths, with a similar gap back to the rest. Jack Mitchell rode Steve Woodman's improving four-year-old.

A familiar sight at Brighton, John Bridger's nine-year-old Fairy Mist (9/2) won here for the fourth time when taking the first division of the mile handicap. He took a while to get going but once he found a clear run on the outside he stayed on remorselessly to lead entering the final half furlong. Though he lugged back towards the rail, William Carson adroitly kept him from interfering with the half-length runner-up Lutine Charlie.

Frank Bridge (11/2) showed promise here two weeks after a long lay-off and today he came from last to first to win the second division for Eve Johnson Houghton and John Fahy. He led 150 yards out and finished very strongly to come home four lengths ahead of Divine Touch.

Soaring Spirits (2/1 fav) led throughout the 7f handicap. Robert Winston was able to settle him in front and then kick for home coming out of the dip and go clear. He tied up in the final furlong yet still coasted home by a length and three quarters from Pick A Little. Dean Ivory was the successful trainer.

In the last, a 1m4f race for amateurs, the popular grey Roy Rocket (evens fav) won in facile fashion, swooping with his trademark wide run out of the dip and coming in four and a half lengths ahead of Dellbuoy. It was his fourth course win for John Berry, with Mr Ross Birkett doing the steering.

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Jim Beavis