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Race Meeting Report - June 10th

Mon, Jun 10, 2013

With the dry spell continuing the going remained firm. The small fields gave punters the advantage for most of the afternoon.

A six furlong race for two year olds resulted in an easy win for the 4/7 favourite from the Tom Dascombe yard, Stepping Out. She led from the start and only needed one little tap from Richard Kingscote to register a 3½ length win from Al Baz. Her owners may run her at Royal Ascot.

Saeed bin Suroor's Al Manaal (evens fav) was another all-the-way winner, this one coming in a seven furlong maiden for three year olds. The filly responded nicely to Silvestre De Sousa's urgings and she pulled eight lengths clear of Crave, with the others well behind.

Having made most of the running in the first of the mile and a half handicaps, the hitherto-progressive Dandy was taken on two out and passed by the thoroughly exposed Thecornishcowboy (9/2), whose margin of victory was 3¼ lengths. John Ryan trained the winner and Adam Kirby was the jockey.

Highlife Dancer (6/4 fav) won the second mile and a half race. Mick Channon's runner was following up a Bath win three days ago. He took the lead before two out and after being strongly ridden for the next furlong, had it sewn up from that point. Beacon Lady was just over two lengths away in second place. The winner may try and strike again while the iron is hot on Friday or Saturday.

Green Earth (11/10 fav), twice a course winner, the most recent being three weeks ago, scored in the mile and a quarter handicap. Pat Phelan's Epsom challenger was brought up the middle by Gemma Marshall and though he had to be pushed out vigorously at the end they pulled right away from Final Delivery for what became a comfortable six lengths success.

For much of the seven furlongs handicap Macaabra looked set to repeat Thursday's course and distance win until Good Luck Charm (7/1), from the Gary Moore yard, swept past with half a furlong to go. Ridden by George Baker, the winner was almost collared by the fast, late run of Mr David, but held on by a head.

Even Bolder (20/1), running his 99th race, came wide and from the rear with a steady run under apprentice Joey Haynes to lead in the last couple of strides. Eric Wheeler's veteran seemed to be a light of other days but the combination of the handicapper giving him a chance, a strong pace, and many of the others getting in each other's way all worked in his favour. Slatey Hen was second.

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Jim Beavis