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Race Meeting Report - 27 April 2016

Wed, Apr 27, 2016

This was a cold, sunny evening, with the brisk wind helping to change the going from yesterday. It was now good to firm, firm in places. Three races were wide-margin victories whereas the other four produced very close finishes.

The first race was for two-year-olds over 5f. The favourite Lucata went off like a scalded cat and had nothing left to give when Assassinate (11/4), last at Chantilly last week, passed him a furlong and a half out. He scooted four and a half lengths ahead of the staying-on Tap Tap Boom. Luke Morris rode the winner for Paul Cole.

Jim Crowley arrived a couple of minutes too late to take his booked ride on Frozen Force (9/2) in the second race, a one mile handicap for three-year-olds. Pat Dobbs substituted and got the Amanda Perrett colt up in the last strides to deprive Aleko by a short head. The latter had looked a certain winner when he hit the front a furlong out.

Another last-gasp effort succeeded in the slowly-run 1m4f handicap, when the tail-swishing Hurricane Volta (11/4) ran on well from the rear to collar Longside, who had taken the lead two and a half furlongs out. Peter Hedger trained the winner, who had shown good form on the all-weather recently. It was jockey Charles Bishop's third success here in two days.

The Stuart Williams-trained Auntie Barber (5/4 fav) took the 1m2f maiden comfortably. Her rider Harry Bentley was happy to let the race unfold in front of him until the penultimate furlong, when a couple of taps were sufficient to encourage his mount to run away to a five length win over Le Tissier.

Paul Cole and Luke Morris completed doubles in the fifth race, a one mile handicap, in which Stormbound (3/1) romped to victory over Black Caesar by almost four lengths. He had to be pulled out wide, but once straightened up a furlong out he charged into the lead, proving much too good for his rivals.

In the 7f handicap late money came for Shaun Lycett's Malaysian Boleh (7/4 fav), third at Chelmsford two days ago. He was last till halfway and started to make up ground steadily from that point, but nearly ran out of time, only edging in front in the last few strides. One Big Surprise lost out by a head. Jim Crowley came in for this winning spare ride, which made up for missing one in the second race.

You couldn't rule out any of the five runners in the 5f finale and they finished in a heap, with little more than a length separating first and last. Ask The Guru (9/2) was the middle one of three slugging it out on the far side and he stayed on the best to win by a head from the long-time leader Royal Bajan. Another late jockey change meant Jimmy Quinn stepped in to ride for Michael Attwater.

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