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Race Meeting Report - Tuesday 16th May

Tue, May 16, 2017

The attendance at this Tuesday evening meeting was boosted by those who took advantage of a special free entry offer if booked in advance. Rain eased off as the evening passed. The going was good to soft.

The first race was a two-year-old maiden over 5f. The topically named May Remain looked set to justify favouritism when taking the lead inside the final furlong but he was brushed aside in the last 50 yards by Debutante’s Ball (25/1). Stan Moore’s filly was having her first outing and she won, going away, by a length and a quarter. She gave jockey Liam Jones his first success of 2017.

Valley Of Rocks set out to make all the running in the mile maiden but ran much too freely. His big lead at halfway was predictably whittled away by Evening Hill (5/2), who took it up at the furlong pole and under a hands and heels ride from Pat Dobbs scored a smooth three length victory. Former champion jockey Richard Hughes was the winning trainer.

Daniel Mark Loughnane’s stable had two second places from two runners at Brighton the day before this Chepstow meeting, but their Roman De Brut (7/1) went one better in tonight’s mile handicap. His jockey Charlie Bennett elected to go for the stands rail whereas the majority of the field went middle to far side. It paid off, for he was in front with a furlong and a half to go and ran on strongly to win by just over three lengths. Tripartite led the rest home.

The 6f handicap came next, and all the jockeys aimed for the stands side this time. Indian Affair (9/2 co fav) is a consistent but slightly frustrating sort, as his record of six wins and 35 second and third places shows. Today he achieved his seventh victory. In an open contest he was one of four in line a furlong out, and he outran Spirit of Rosanna in the final 75 yards to prevail by three quarters of a length. Robert Winston rode the winner for Milton Bradley.

A fortnight ago Miss Inga Sock (3/1) proved she could stay a mile and a quarter by winning at Brighton for Eve Johnson Houghton and Georgia Fox, and she won over the same distance again in tonight’s fifth race. Coming with a run on the outside, she led soon after passing the final furlong pole and held off Dora’s Field by half a length.

The penultimate event was over a mile and a half. The Mick Channon-trained Mirzam (12/1), having her first run in a handicap, hit the front two out and ran on willingly for Charles Bishop. She might even get further, for she was value for more than the official one length verdict over Knight Destroyer.

The last race of the day was the longest, over two miles, and had the most dramatic finish.
Andrew Balding’s runners nearly always sport a sheepskin noseband and the one worn by Sir Pass I Am (3/1 fav) showed in front two and a half furlongs out. He quickly went seven or eight lengths clear, completely outclassing his opponents. Oisin Murphy eased the horse down half a furlong out and even started pulling him up. He only just timed it correctly, as the field closed in, and he only had a neck to spare over dead-heaters My Mo and Cold Fusion. The handicapper won’t be fooled and Sir Pass I Am will surely have to run again soon with a penalty.

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