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Race Meeting Report - June 6th

Thu, Jun 6, 2013

After days of dry, bright weather the going was firm this afternoon, when the effect of the warm sunshine more than offset the brisk breeeze. Punters enjoyed an eight-race card where six favourites won and the longest-priced winner was 3/1.

Pound Piece, from the Stan Moore stable, was a hot favourite for the two year old maiden and duly obliged at 8/13, making all with few worries. He was shaken up two out by Liam Jones to go clear of the unconsidered Zafraaj, who closed the gap to a length and a half at the line.

Langley Vale (15/8 fav) led or disputed the lead for most of the six furlongs handicap. Maria Montez put up a gallant fight throughout the latter half of the race and Seb Sanders on Langley Vale was all out to score by half a length for Epsom trainer Roger Teal.

Two pairs of horses split by almost the width of the course looked set to fight out the finish of the mile maiden, but inside the final hundred yards it became clear that Bartack (6/4 fav), on the stands side, was finishing much the best. Blinkered for the first time, he had nearly four lengths to spare over Caramack at the post. This was a success for the Luca Cumani - Kieran Fallon team.

Jo Crowley's runner The Holyman justified notable support in the market for the mile and a half handicap. Ian Mongan kicked on three out, and hard though Laser Blazer tried, the 5/4 favourite responded well to held on by a fast-diminishing neck, with the others a long way behind.

The fifth race, over a mile and a quarter, was dominated by unexposed types having their first starts in a handicap. London Bridge (3/1), brought up the middle by Martin Lane, took the lead with a furlong to go and held the staying-on Spieta by a length and three quarters. Jo Hughes trained the winner.

It often pays to follow Sir Mark Prescott's three year olds in handicaps in June and July. In this mile and a quarter race his Big Thunder (3/1), urged into the lead leaving the stalls, was driven out by Luke Morris to go well clear with two furlongs to go. Despite being heavily eased, he finished eight lengths clear of Dama De La Noche. A quick reappearance under a penalty at Lingfield on Tuesday must be likely.

Money talked again in the seventh race, over a mile. George Baker's Aqua Ardens, available at 10/1 in the morning, went off favourite at 11/4. Pat Cosgrave sent his mount along the far rail to take up the running two furlongs out from the long-time leader Paphos. However, the nine-time winner Paphos rallied gamely and Aqua Ardens was all out to win by a head.

The final race, over seven furlongs, was won by seven lengths in a fast time by the 5/4 favourite Macaabra. This was another well-supported horse and another to make all the running. Neil Callan, riding for James Tate, sent his filly into the lead at the outset and went further and further clear in the home straight. Already twice a winner this year, she is clearly still on the upgrade, and has three more entries between the 10th and the 12th. Pippy finished second.

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Jim Beavis