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Race Meeting Report - August 21st

Tue, Aug 21, 2012

Conditions were mainly cloudy and the going was good to firm.

There was a comfortable win for Mirsaale (4/11 favourite) over his two rivals in the seven furlong opener, taking it up at the distance to score by three lengths. This was James Tate's second two year old winner here this month. This horse is a possible for the Racing Post Trophy.

When Aciano swept into the lead in the seven furlong handicap he seemed to have made a decisive move. He was denied by Easy to Bow (17/2), whose long steady run from wide at the back carried him to the front just as he reached the post. This was his sixth win in all and his third over the course and distance.

Kelpie Blitz, who this season has often been fancied but rarely placed, ran away with the mile and a quarter handicap at 14/1. Possibly benefiting from having his tongue tied for the first time, he was going ominously well two out and when asked to exert came three lengths clear in the last furlong.

The five runners in the mile and a half handicap all came from top stables. Sir Mark Prescott's well-handicapped Between Us was favourite (11/10) to follow up an easy all-the-way Yarmouth success a week ago, and obliged using the same tactics. She was urged on vigorously from over three out and the others could never quite get to her. She is entered at Goodwood on Friday evening.

The fifth race brought a 28/1 shock in the form of the maiden Compton Crofter, who was settled in a detached last place at halfway. Nevertheless he was always going for his rider Nicole Nordblad, and they ran on down the outside to win with a little bit in hand. Stepping up to a mile for the first time clearly suited him.

Stonecrabstomorrow showed clear signs of a return to form last time here, yet was allowed to go off at 15/2 for the six furlong sprint. Overcoming his customary slow start, he moved up to challenge two out and although it took a little while to get past the three leaders, it was a cosy success in the end. This was his fourth course success. He may reappear at Goodwood at the weekend.

Five of the seven runners in the last, a five furlong dash, had recent winning or second-place form at Brighton. They were all eclipsed by course debutante Pucon, the 12/1 outsider. This race represented a slight drop in class for her. She led a furlong out and hung on by half a length from Imaginary Diva.

This was the second leg of a double for jockey Mark Coumbe, who had won the preceding race. These last two races went to the Epsom trainers Michael Attwater and Roger Teal.

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