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Race Meeting Report - June 26th

Tue, Jun 26, 2012

Anticipating soft going, the field came down the stands side in the opening five furlong sprint. In this, his 176th race, the twelve year old Cape Royal tried to make all, but though he battled on gamely after being headed he could only finish a close third to the youngest horse in the race, the four year old Scommettitrice (15/2), who was always prominent.

They raced on the far side for the second and subsequent races. Kicken Off took the two year old maiden after twice finishing second here. The 4/9 favourite, who made all, gave his backers anxious moments by swerving right and left in the last furlong when touched with the whip. Without that the winning margin would have been rather more than a neck.

The 15/8 favourite Clear Spring made it three wins out of four by taking the six furlong handicap, asserting his superiority over Perfect Honour in the last few yards, as befitted a horse with winning form over seven furlongs.

As a patchy sea fret began to make visibility more difficult, it was clear that the only three year old in the fourth race, Ooi Long, was always going very well and once a gap opened up he ran out a convincing winner. Apprentice Toby Atkinson was having his first win of the season, on only his third ride. Ooi Long may reappear at Brighton on 3 July.

Bouggatti (9/2), trained by Lady Herries and ridden by Seb Sanders, led from halfway in the mile and a half handicap and held off the steadily-closing 4/1 favourite Shouda from the Barney Curley yard, the pair finishing six lengths clear of the rest.

In the mile and a quarter handicap Welsh Nayber appeared to have got first run on his rivals and was three lengths clear at the furlong pole, but his stamina ran out and Wind Star (11/2) swept past to break his three year losing streak, completing a double for Seb Sanders.

By the seventh race the sea fret made viewing difficult, even watching on TV. Toga Tiger (the 8/11 favourite) secured a hat-trick of Brighton mile handicaps, having the race wrapped up before the furlong marker and being eased down to beat Waspy by three lengths. He is entered again at Doncaster on Saturday evening.

Visibility improved for the concluding handicap over seven furlongs. The 14/1 shot Paperetto, trained at Epsom by Robert Mills, galloped on enthusiastically to gain his first success. Appearing to enjoy the easy ground, he drew four lengths clear under Daniel Cremin, who was riding his first winner.

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Jim Beavis