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Race Meeting Report - Monday 26th June

Tue, Jun 27, 2017

It was a dry, fairly bright Monday at Chepstow, and the going was good to firm.

A one mile race for Arab horses began the programme, with Joanna Mason riding Conquer (6/1) to a narrow victory over Vindetta. James Owen was the successful trainer.

The first thoroughbred race was over a mile, the Good Luck Caroline Williams Mum-To-Be Classified Stakes, named after the racecourse’s deputy manager, who is about to go on maternity leave. Fittingly the winner was trained by Stuart Williams (no relation). Adam Beschizza on Pinnata (12/1) made for the stands rail and led throughout, never by very far but going well within himself. Patching mustered a challenge in the final furlong without seriously threatening the half length winner.

Four went to post for the fillies’ maiden, also over the straight mile. It was won by the Ed Dunlop-trained Carol (11/8 fav), who took the lead a furlong and a half out and drew away from her rivals in the closing stages. Joe Fanning, who was having his first rides at the track today since 2012, steered her to a fairly comfortable two and a half length victory over Getna and Characterized.

Ed Walker’s recent course runner-up Dark Pearl (1/2 fav) set a steady pace in the mile and a half maiden and, after shrugging off a challenge from Assiduous two out, bolted up. Liam Keniry’s mount had five lengths in hand at the post.

Course winner Priors Brook (11/8 fav) is being used to give Andrew Balding’s apprentice Joshua Bryan some match practice and today they tasted success in the mile and a quarter handicap. The race developed into a sprint, but once the favourite was driven into the lead entering the final furlong he held on well by half a length from Fast And Hot.

Quantom Dot (5/1) was another to lead all the way, this time in a 5f handicap. Ed de Giles’s six-year-old relished the fast going and posted a good time, needing to be rousted along by Callum Shepherd to keep Our Lord at bay in the final hundred yards. He finished a length to the good in this, his third course win.

Staffordshire-based Sarah Hollinshead hadn’t had a runner at Chepstow until today. Her Castlerea Tess (4/1) coped well with the change of scenery to score her fifth career win. Wearing a distinctive red jacket, Sean Levey settled her in the rear before making steady progress on the stands side and taking a narrow lead with 150 yards to go. She had a length and a quarter to spare over Go Amber Go at the line.

Two veterans combined to win the 7f finale, Mick Channon and John Egan. Two out it looked like we were in for a good finish, yet soon after Chicago Star (7/2 jt fav), dropped in class today, went into a length and a half lead and soon had the race won. Nearing the post her advantage diminished to just half a length but she was always doing enough. Whatalove finished best in second.

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Jim Beavis