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Race Meeting Report - October 9th

Tue, Oct 9, 2012

The going changed from soft to heavy after the first race on a wet afternoon with less than perfect visibility for the first few races. Except for the fourth, they came over to the stands side when swinging into the straight, and getting the rail proved terrifically advantageous.

The evens favourite Nenge Mboko and Gigawatt (16/1) duelled for the last half of the seven furlong two year old maiden. It was the outsider, trained by Jim Boyle at Epsom, who had the help of the stands rail, that gradually got the upper hand in the last furlong to lead by three quarters of a length at the line.

The first two in the seven furlong nursery came up the stands rail. Mowhoob led till the last hundred yards, when Santo Prince (8/1), who had been nudged along for some time, moved alongside and outstayed his rival to win by half a length. The rest were five lengths back.

The two favourites in the mile maiden had to give best to Sesentum (10/1), from the stable of Luca Cumani. Showing marked improvement from his debut run, he relished both trip and going running up the centre to pass Sublimation inside the final furlong. A length and a quarter was the winning margin. The runner-up had the better form but may have felt the effects of a race three days ago.

Maccabees (12/1) lost three lengths at the start of the apprentice handicap over a mile and a half, but it made no difference. Held up in second last until making a move two out, he made steady progress, and when he hit the front inside the last furlong the rest had nothing more to give. The exception was the fast-finishing Beacon Lady, who nearly reproduced her startling last-to-first performance over a mile here last month.

After a series of winning outsiders, bigger fields for the last three races suggested it would be tough for punters, but instead they got some relief. In the mile and a quarter handicap Tawseef (2/1 favourite) added to his sole win over course and distance, coming up the golden highway that is the stands rail when the going is soft. He finished a long-looking four lengths ahead, and is expected to run here again next week.

Yet another success via the golden highway followed in the mile handicap, where 11/4 favourite Saint Irene led a furlong out and was three clear of her centre-track rivals at the line. This was a double for Hayley Turner, who was aboard Santo Prince earlier.

Another horse with a win over course and distance in soft going was Mucky Molly (6/1) for Epsom's Olivia Maylam in the last, a six furlong handicap with fourteen runners. Seb Sanders was determined to get as close to the stands rail as possible and though not adhering to it tightly, they led inside the last to triumph by half a length. Those drawn 15 and 16 finished first and second.

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