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Race Meeting Report - Thursday 17th August

Fri, Aug 18, 2017

The going was good to soft on this sunny evening, where the Killer Queen tribute band provided the post-race musical entertainment.

The well supported Shepherd Market (10/11 fav) made all the running in the opener, a 7f race for two-year-olds. A quarter of a mile out all of her opponents were in trouble, and when David Probert asked her to lengthen her stride she streaked clear to win by four and a half lengths. Clive Cox’s filly is surely destined for better things. Great Vizier took second place.

In the next, a 1m2f handicap, Probert was on another odds on favourite, Native Prospect. He tried to lead all the way only for Blushing Red (6/1), ridden by Franny Norton, to come with a late run on the outside, lead half a furlong out and win by a length and a quarter. Ed Dunlop was the successful trainer.

Eve Johnson Houghton has a good record here and her consistent filly Becca Campbell (7/2 fav) won her fifth race in tonight’s 1m4f handicap. She was lucky, as Tobouggaloo had taken the lead a furlong out only for her saddle to slowly slip backwards and deposit her jockey William Cox on the turf with 50 yards left. Becca had run on well once Ed Greatrex had found daylight on the outside, though whether she would have won without Tobouggaloo’s misfortune is debatable. The Detainee was the eventual runner-up, two and a quarter lengths behind the winner.

Rod Millman’s Taws (100/30), fourth at Goodwood over 2m4f a fortnight ago, relished an easier task in tonight’s half-mile shorter handicap. David Egan was scrubbing her along three out but the further they went, the stronger she looked, and she headed J P McManus’s Project Bluebook 75 yards out to score by a length.

The finish of the first of two 5f handicaps was a head-bobber between Dodgy Bob and the running-on Everkyllachy (6/1), who got the verdict. She had been outpaced early on before making good progress through the centre of the field. Hollie Doyle’s nifty change of whip from right to left hand kept her straight in the closing stages, enabling Stan Moore’s filly to win by a short head.

Half an hour later another 5f dash culminated in the Richard Price-trained Bellevarde (4/1) doing well to beat a pair that had won nine races between them this year. His filly finished second twice in the last three weeks and went one better today under Josephine Gordon, making all the running. Once she had seen off the challenge of Major Valentine in the centre Kinglami came with a late run on the stands rail, but Bellevarde had a head to spare.

In the finale Pastfact completed a hat-trick at the generous odds of 8/1. His other victories had been on firm going over a slightly shorter distance, but judging by the time he took to get into top gear and the way he asserted his superiority once hitting the front a hundred yards out he could go in again over further. Jacksonfire finished a length away in second place. Liam Keniry rode the winner for Malcolm Saunders.

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