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Race Meeting Report - May 21st

Tue, May 21, 2013

The new season got under way on a dry, overcast day with good to firm going.

A seven furlong handicap for three year olds began with the hooded and cheekpieced grey Lincoln Rose (16/1) being urged to the front on leaving the stalls. With the benefit of an uncontested lead, she stayed there. Only Ishisoba could muster a challenge but Kieran O'Neill's mount was driven out to prevail by a neck.

The six furlong maiden looked to have only two serious contenders and so it proved. The Amanda Perrett-trained Extrasoler (8/13 fav) struggled to get past Daylight two out but then moved three lengths clear for a decisive win under Adam Kirby.

A fast pace was set in the five furlong sprint and Jamie Osborne's hat trick-seeking Above the Stars (7/4 fav) seemed to be in trouble two out. However, when she met the rising ground she stayed on well and Racheal Kneller pushed her past Putin to win by half a length, with Rulesn'Regulations a fast finishing third.

Despite there being only five runners the fillies' handicap over seven furlongs looked a tight race. Alice's Dancer (3/1) had shown some form in a higher grade last year and came good today, running on determinedly to lead a furlong out and win by a length from the Bath specialist Fanrouge. The winner was trained by William Muir and ridden by William Carson rode.

A mile and a quarter race followed. The odds on favourite Highland Duke, making the running for most of the race, could only finish second to Presburg (5/1), who ran on best up the hill under Liam Keniry to win by half a length. His trainer Joseph Tuite has an impressive 27% strike rate here.

The sixth race was another mile and a quarter handicap. Irons on Fire set a good pace and was well clear three out, but gave way in the final furlong. Pat Phelan's Green Earth (8/1), ridden by Ian Mongan, hadn't tried this trip on turf before but stayed on well up the middle to pass the post a length and a quarter in front of Peace In Our Time and Whinging Willie, who ran on late from the rear.

The last race, over a mile, featured the best finish of the day. Plenty had chances in the straight but it boiled down to a duel between the well-backed Saint Irene and Darnathean (6/1), trained by Paul d'Arcy and ridden by Seb Sanders, who was a nose in front at the line.

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Jim Beavis