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Race Meeting Report - 9 June 2017

Fri, Jun 9, 2017

This was a sunny and very windy Friday afternoon meeting. The going was officially good to soft, good in places, but it dried out as the day went on.

The top French jockey Gerard Mosse came to the track for one ride, Gotti, in the opening two-year-old sprint. He could only plug on into fourth place behind Billy Dylan (11/8 fav). Sean Levey kept away from some bunching on the rail and drove the Richard Hannon-trained juvenile into the lead at the furlong pole. He could reappear at Royal Ascot. Bath And Tennis, snatched up in the closing stages by the winner coming across him, held on to second a length and a half away.

Hannon's former stable jockey Richard Hughes trained the winner of the next race, a 6f handicap. They went off very fast and his hat-trick seeking Goodwood Crusader (6/1) was detached in last place at halfway. However, his rider, the promising apprentice Finley Marsh had judged the pace correctly and was able to weave through the field, hitting the front 150 yards out. He ran on to win by a length and a quarter from Tai Hang Dragon.

Trainer Philip Hide is having a fine year, and has already exceeded his total of wins on the flat in the whole of 2016. His Black Caesar (11/4) added to the tally in the third race under a positive Silvestre de Sousa ride. Urged ahead after two of the six furlongs, he kept pulling out more in the uphill run to the line to deny the challenge of the favourite Nezar by three quarters of a length.

Miss Inga Sock (2/1 fav) has been in good form this year and she scored her third course victory in the 1m2f handicap. Her regular pilot Georgia Cox sent her into a two length lead two furlongs out and though she started to flag, she kept going gamely. Mr Frankie's late effort failed by a neck. Eve Johnson Houghton was the winning trainer.

The Hamdan al-Maktoum runner Quloob, a winner last time out, started at what in hindsight was a generous price of 100/30 for the 1m4f handicap. Once the champion jockey Jim Crowley drove him into the lead a furlong and a half out he galloped eight lengths clear for an impressive triumph. It was trainer Owen Burrows' first Brighton winner. Chaparrachik kept on for second place.

Simon Dow's lightly-raced five-year-old gelding Galinthias is, strangely, named after a female character in Greek mythology. This did not prevent him from winning the mile handicap, when he was the 6/1 outsider of four. He disputed the lead throughout and repelled the persistent challenges of two of his opponents before the other one, Many Dreams, appeared on the scene late. After failing to get a clear run she was switched to the outside and came with a great flourish but was a short head in arrears at the post. Harry Bentley was the successful jockey.

John Bridger's veteran Shifting Star was a close fourth in the preceding contest and the stable gained quick compensation when their Live Dangerously (11/2 co fav) took the finale, a 7f handicap. He was last for the first half of the fast-run race, and then William Carson brought him wide to lead inside the final furlong as the early leaders weakened. It was his third course win. He had a length and a quarter in hand over With Approval, who filled the runner-up berth for the second meeting here in a row.

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