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Track Talk - 12/06/23


19 June 2023

Our summer programme is now in full swing and our next feature race meeting is Ladies Evening on Friday 14th July followed by Caribbean Night on Friday 28th July. The post racing entertainment on Ladies Evening is supplied by The Dreamboys and on Caribbean Night it is the popular Bob Marley tribute band The Trenchtown Experience. Tickets and hospitality are available for both fixtures via the website. This month we also race this Friday 16th June and Monday 26th June.

Our Abba Party Race Night last Saturday had plenty of Welsh competitors and they won three races between them. 

Louis Treize was unlucky for most punters, winning the opener at 33/1.  Deborah Faulkner, whose yard is three miles from Chepstow, is better known as a jumps trainer but is now 3-16 on the flat this year.  Though Louis hadn’t run since November he had been working well at home.  His owner, who bought him in the autumn for just £3,000, backed him at 40/1.

The Chris Mason-trained Jax Edge, running for the first time over five furlongs, won the third race. She was backed in from 3/1 to 15/8 and rewarded her backers by storming home with a late run along the stands rail. Her jockey Gina Mangan won on the filly two starts ago. 

In the finale John Flint’s Lusaka was a warm order despite being winless in 17 previous attempts. He had, however, shown some promise last time out and tonight he made most of the running and won, eased down, by six lengths. It completed a double on the night for apprentice Taylor Fisher. 

Sean Bowen extended his lead in the jump jockeys’ championship to nine by riding a 103/1 four-timer at Perth on Sunday, all for Gordon Elliott. 

He won the first race, a novice hurdle, on the odds-on favourite An Mhi. An hour later the 5/2 favourite Walking The Walk took the 3m chase, punters ignoring his record of one win from 31 starts. 

Later the £20,000 Perth Gold Cup went to Ballykeel, whose second place at the big Punchestown meeting gave him an obvious chance. The fourth winner was Mrs Paisley in a 3m hurdle. Her form figures didn’t inspire confidence, but she is related to Paisley Park and today she travelled kindly and stayed on well from two out to win by two and a half lengths. 

Bowen had ridden a winner on Saturday for Shark Hanlon, who’d sent a team over from Ireland to Bangor-on-Dee. Master Player was an even money favourite for the maiden hurdle and he duly won, though without much in hand. 

Junior Massini has been in great form since joining Sheila Lewis (photographed) in the spring. Jack Tudor was in the plate at Bangor, and won for the second time in a row, making all the running


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