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Race Meeting Report - June 12th

Tue, Jun 12, 2012

On an overcast evening recent rain meant the going was changed to soft. Predictably runners came across to the stands side.

Billy Red took the opener over five furlongs, his 9/1 starting price appearing generous in hindsight considering he had won ten races over the years. When overtaken by the favourite Whitecrest he seemed held, but stayed on better in the last half furlong to win by three quarters of a length.

Only three started for the two year old race, but it was an intriguing contest with all of them leading at one time or another in the last 150 yards. Ryan Moore extricated Amanda Perrett's Belle Intrigue (5/2) from a pocket to pip Kicken Off on the post.

Moore had to work hard again to get his father's Picture Dealer (4/7 favourite) to the front in the six furlong handicap. Once there he ran on strongly to score by a couple of lengths.

The mile and a half race resulted in a win for the predominantly-jumps trainer Richard Rowe, whose Bennelong (5/2 favourite) was back on a winning mark. He was cruising from three out, and when Amir Quinn asked him to go on he went three lengths up.

In the first of two ten furlong handicaps, four of the five runners were in line a furlong and a half out, yet it was the other one, Ryedale Lass (6/1), who prevailed. She stormed up the stand rail and went three lengths clear before being eased.

There was plenty of action in the home straight in the next. After they came to the stands side Welsh Nayber, who led two out, carried the ultimate winner Moment in Time (6/1) all the way over to the far rails. Independently Seven Veils, who had been struggling for some time, ran on well in the last half furlong while veering over to the far side to keep the winner company, but she finished a head down.

In the gathering gloom the well-backed Cheylesmore (7/4 favourite) enjoyed his fourth course success, making most of the running in the finale over seven furlongs.

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Jim Beavis