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Race Meeting Report - June 18th

Thu, Jun 20, 2013

The going for this mainly sunny evening meeting was good to firm.

A five furlongs dash opened the card, in which Russian Bullet (5/1) led all the way. His three lengths lead was steadily eroded in the last furlong by Scommettitrice but Fergus Sweeney drove out the Jamie Osborne-trained gelding to good effect and they hung on by a neck.

Next came a maiden for two-year-olds over six furlongs. Vigor (5/2) led after the first quarter of a mile and stretched his lead impressively in the last quarter to score by six lengths from the odds-on Bewitchment. Martin Lane did the steering. With this, trainer David Simcock improved his Brighton strike-rate to 34%.

The fillies' handicap over a mile and a quarter had only four runners, but there was an exciting finish, with Gay Kelleway's Yojojo (5/1) completing a hat trick under Luke Morris. She needed every yard to be able to nail Reset City, who had only taken the lead herself in the last half furlong.

Another race over ten furlongs furnished another winner for jockey Martin Lane. Sovereign Power (7/1) enjoyed a soft lead and kicked on two and a half out. Nothing was able to mount a serious challenge. Uganda Glory finished second, 2¾ lengths behind. The winner was trained by Paul Cole.

Paphos (5/2), narrowly beaten here twelve days ago, gained compensation in the fifth race, over a mile. The horse from the David Evans yard led for the first half of the race, disputed it with Stormbound but went on again in the last quarter, ultimately running on strongly for Adam Kirby. He finished three lengths clear of the warm favourite Duke of Destiny.

The Evans-Kirby team completed a quick double courtesy of The Mongoose (7/4 fav) in the seven furlongs handicap. He challenged on the outside two out and, though needing some vigorous assistance from the saddle having hit the front, was a convincing winner. Fairy Mist was 1¼ lengths away in second place.

In the finale, over six furlongs, the odds on favourite Maria Montez capitulated rapidly after taking the lead two out. Bermondsey Bob led briefly before being swamped by Commanche (8/1), who finished 2½ lengths ahead, full of running, for his apprentice rider Josh Crane. The horse was having his first run from Chris Dwyer's yard and further success looks likely.

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Jim Beavis