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Race Meeting Report - Saturday 10th June

Sun, Jun 11, 2017

Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the crowd that gathered for seven races and a concert to be given afterwards by the Upbeat Beatles.

The going was soft. A race for Arab horses before the main programme was won by Difaa, his third win in five starts. He was ridden by Will Pettis and saddled by Philip Collington, who is one of the leading lights in the Arab training ranks.

The stands side was favoured in the first race, which was over 5f. Foxford (11/2), who had the benefit of the rail and was always close to the lead, went ahead a furlong and a half out without too much trouble. Rob Hornby, coming in for a good chance ride, only had to push him out to bring Patrick Chamings’ six-year-old home by a length from the running-on favourite Mr Chuckles.

A 6f race for two-year-olds came next. Backers of Rivas Rob Roy soon knew their fate, as he bucked and kicked after leaving the stalls and soon sent his jockey flying. There were four in line approaching the final furlong but from there Straight Ash (6/4 fav) proved much the strongest and took the lead entering the final furlong. Hollie Doyle rode the Richard Hannon filly to a two length victory over Frostbite.

Madeleine Bond (2/1) broke well and made all the running in the 7f maiden. She enjoyed a narrow lead until approaching the two furlong marker, when Fergus Sweeney asked her to extend it. Henry Candy’s three-year-old filly then ran right away from her rivals to win unchallenged. Amenta was flattered to finish only five lengths in arrears.

The fourth race was a 7f handicap. Eve Johnson Houghton’s Goring, the subject of late market support from 7/1 to 5/1, showed in the lead in the centre of the track over a furlong and a half out. John Fahy was hard pushed to get him to hang on by a head from Fox Trotter, who challenged on the far rail. The hot favourite Alaadel was never going well.

Spirit Of Rosanna attempted to make all and gamely pulled out more when asked, but was joined in the last few strides of the 6f handicap by Kinglami (5/1). That one was victorious at Hamilton on Wednesday and John O’Shea ran him again tonight as he didn’t have to carry a penalty. Fergus Sweeney brought him with a steady run from midfield and he got up by a nose.

The 1m4f race was over as a contest once Multigifted (9/4 fav) took the lead from the front running Glens Wobbly 2-3 furlongs out, and was soon clear. Michael Madgwick’s filly has been in good from this year but this was a big step forward. She coasted home by seven lengths from Iniesta. George Wood won’t ride an easier winner all year.

The last was a 1m4f handicap. They finished well strung out as the going was by now very soft. Timmy Murphy plotted a wide course along the back straight on Grams And Ounces (16/1) and swung wide into the straight to bag the stands rail. His rivals dropped away and he was in front fully three furlongs out. Nothing else could get in a blow and despite flagging in the closing stages, he held on from Lady Lunchalot by two and a half lengths. It was a welcome success for Monmouthshire trainer Grace Harris, and for Tote punters who picked the right forecast, which paid 384/1.

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Jim Beavis