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Race Meeting Report - 10 October 2017

Tue, Oct 10, 2017

The first October meeting took place on a grey drizzly afternoon. The going was good to soft

The 5f handicap that began the card went to Dean Ivory's Wotadoll (9/2), running over a shorter distance than she had ever done before. Unlike most of his rivals, Robert Winston decided to stick to the far side, a move that paid dividends. His mount went from last at halfway to first approaching the final furlong, and she streaked away to win by four lengths, ears pricked. Flowing Clarets was second.

The Clive Cox stable emerged from a quiet spell of over 20 consecutive losers in the 7f race for two-year-olds thanks to Move To The Front (2/1), who made all the running under Adam Kirby. Sing Out Loud spent the last quarter of a mile challenging on his inside, but with the bare minimum of room to get through couldn't get closer than a neck, as the winner kept pulling out more.

George Scott's two-year-old Starboy (12/1) had shown a glimmer of promise last time out and the drop to 7f and a switch to turf brought further improvement today. He was far enough behind to avoid some scrimmaging in the dip and as the field fanned out after that Martin Harley brought him with a run on the stands side. He took the lead half a furlong out and did enough to hold off the fast-finishing Jo's Girl by half a length.

Enzo (7/1), penalised for August's course and distance win, briefly looked like he might not take part in the mile race for two-year-olds when he unshipped Liam Keniry before the start. Happily no harm was done and the Ed Walker colt was one of a quartet to fight out the finish in the last furlong. He had the advantage of the stands rail and hit the front about 50 yards out to deprive Dukeofwallingford by a head with Baasha and Blooriedotcom close behind.

Having his first run for Amanda Perrett, the eight-year-old Wordismybond scored his ninth success in the mile handicap. Last three out, a nice gap opened up on the stands side and when Adam Kirby urged him through it he kept going so well that he took the lead with 150 yards to go. Pick A Little followed him home, two and a quarter lengths adrift.

Next came a 1m2f handicap. Joshua Bryan, riding for Andrew Balding, kept Fort Jefferson (8/1) fourth or fifth until asking for an effort in the straight. Soon disputing the lead, he battled on well to edge ahead half a furlong out and keep Rocksette at bay by half a length. You wouldn't have known that he had failed to beat another horse in his last four races.

A hands and heels race for apprentices over 1m4f brought the day to an end. The Alan Bailey-trained Esspeegee (5/1) held second place until the dip, when he went ahead. Though Kilim and Seventii challenged coming up the hill they couldn't quite get to him in time. Paul Hainey, having only his second ride in public, kept the winner nicely balanced and in the end he held on by a short head and a neck.

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