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Race Meeting Report - 11 September 2017

Mon, Sep 11, 2017

A brief period of rain during this afternoon's first race gave way to some good sunny spells, albeit accompanied with a strong breeze. The going was good to soft, soft in places.

Unusually, the card began with a 6f fillies handicap. Flowing Clarets' valiant attempt to make all the running failed when Mark Johnston's Storm Cry overtook her with a hundred yards to go. David Probert was hard at work on the latter from the dip, but his perseverance paid off with a length and a half win from the running-on Monteamiata.

Charlie Appleby's Godolphin colt Rastrelli was a warm order for the 7f race for two-year-olds and the 6/5 favourite did it well in the end. George Wood had to shake him up two out to challenge the debutant Illusional, who was trying to give Messrs Johnston and Probert a quick double, but after he hit the front at the furlong pole he skipped four lengths clear.

Gary Moore had a 14/1 winner at Fontwell yesterday and his Good Luck Charm (12/1) was another to hit the target in today's 7f handicap. He was a surprisingly decent price considering he had four course and distance wins to his name. With Hector Crouch giving him every assistance in the saddle, he fought off Black Caesar in the penultimate furlong to score by a length. King Of Swing, badly outpaced in the first half of the race, ran on well to finish second.

A Sir Mark Prescott handicap debutant running over half a mile further than she had before would normally be a short-priced favourite, but for some reason Send Up was allowed to go off at 15/2 for the fourth race, over 1m4f. Despite looking very green when Luke Morris sent her after Broughton's Admiral she worried the leader out of it with a hundred yards to go and finished half a length to the good.

The Roger Varian-trained Oden (2/1 jt fav) was an easy winner of the 1m2f handicap. He powered into the lead at halfway and after that his rivals couldn't muster any sort of challenge. Jack Mitchell guided him to a very comfortable five length success over Prerogative.

In the mile handicap all ten runners were virtually in line two out. Then it became clear that three had gone on, but which was leading was impossible to tell as they were widely separated across the course. It was only in the last 50 yards that we could see Buskin River (6/1) in the centre was a neck in front of Dawn Goddess on the stands rail, with Solitary Sister in third on the far side. The winner, who was ridden by Ryan Tate, was having her third run for James Eustace.

George Wood completed a double when Intimately (7/1) took the last, an apprentices handicap over a mile. Again, most of the field were in with a chance two out and it was not until the last half furlong that the winner could be named. He came from well off the pace to secure his fourth victory in the last 13 months, quite an achievement by trainer Jonathan Portman for a four-year-old rated 57. World Record finished second, three quarters of a length away.

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Jim Beavis