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Race Meeting Report - Tuesday 6th June

Tue, Jun 6, 2017

The going was soft on this windy, changeable afternoon.

The opener was a 6f event for maiden two-year-old fillies. Richard Kingscote had So Hi Society (5/1) prominent in the middle of the track from the outset and she took up the running two out. Showing obvious signs of greenness, she wandered about a bit and relinquished the lead briefly to Oriental Song before going on again in the last few strides to win by a neck for her proud owner Mr Sohi. This was Lambourn trainer Archie Watson’s first runner at Chepstow.

A one mile handicap came next. Robert Winston started his run on Admirable Art (9/1) three out and by the time they reached the last furlong he was in the lead. He kept on well to secure his tenth win from 50 starts, an admirable record. Tony Carroll’s seven-year-old must still be improving, as he had never won off this high a mark before. Spirit Of Belle was the runner-up, a length and three quarters away.

Sometimes it pays dividends to keep to the stands side here, even if the majority think otherwise. Young William Cox did so on Love And Be Loved (7/1) in the 7f handicap and disputed the lead throughout. Though challengers were spread right across the course, it became clear that he was in front 150 yards out and he stayed on for a fairly comfortable two length success. John Flint trained the winner, which was Cox’s first here at Chepstow.
Whatalove finished second to make it a lovely forecast in a race sponsored by course bookie Alan Bushell.

Three course winners fought out the finish of the 6f handicap. There was a David Evans 1-2 as Satchville Flyer (13/2), under Fran Berry, snatched a last-gasp victory from Sir Billy Wright. The latter had worried Bonjour Steve out of the lead in the last 50 yards, only to go down by a short head to his fast-finishing stablemate.

The round course came into play for the second half of the card. Twenty Times (6/1), entered by Richard Hughes in a mile and a quarter fillies handicap after three runs over seven furlongs, certainly approved of the change. She was going well till Shane Kelly was obliged to switch her off the rail, and once she got the better of Miss Inga Sock she quickly went three lengths clear. It was Hughes’s first winner for Sir Alex Ferguson. Many Waters stayed on into second place.

Oaks-winning trainer John Gosden had a runner in each division of the 1m4f maiden, and both won. In the first of them, Zenon (10/11 fav) followed the pace-setting Dark Pearl until Kieron Shoemark asked him to go on two out. His three length triumph, plus the fact that Messrs Magnier and Tabor are part-owners, suggests he will go on to better things.

Al Kazeem’s brother Kazawi made the running in the second division but was no match for the debutant Great Sound (3/1). He started slowly, needed rousting along by Fran Berry half a mile out and wandered about as he made steady progress up the straight. Then, a furlong out, the penny dropped. Passing Kazawi he put the race to bed in a few strides and coasted home by a length and three quarters.

Fran Berry’s third win of the afternoon came in the finale, over a mile and a half. The task of Knight Destroyer (5/4 fav) was made easier by the extremely slow starts of two of his main market rivals. Jonjo O’Neill’s three-year-old was going well some way out and once shaken up two out the result was in no doubt. He bounded into a four and a half length lead. He could be a smart prospect over hurdles. After his tardy start the second favourite Rahmah did well to finish runner-up but he had no chance with the winner.

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Jim Beavis