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Race Meeting Report - 16 May 2016

Mon, May 16, 2016

The going was good to firm on a fine afternoon, on a day where challengers who came up the centre of the track seemed to have an advantage.

We began with a 5f handicap for three-year-olds. Once the front-running Dominance capitulated a furlong out, it was all change. The well-backed Just Glamorous took over but was worried out of it in the last 50 yards by Richard Hannon's Al Sailiyah (6/1). Sir Theodore then nicked second place. Pat Dobbs rode the half-length winner and reported that she would benefit from an extra furlong.

Mister Sunshine (8/13 fav) made all in the 6f race for two-year-olds, in which only three ran. He pulled six lengths ahead of the second favourite Kody Ridge in the last quarter of a mile. Adam Kirby rode the winner for Clive Cox, who had two more at Windsor later in the day.

Stuart Williams turned out Upavon quickly after his Newmarket success on Friday, and it paid off - just - as the 11/8 favourite overhauled the front-running Monumental Man with half a furlong of the 6f handicap left. Pat Cosgrave kept him up to his work in order to fend off the late challenge of Upstaging. Two necks separated the first three home. The winner lost both his front shoes during the race.

Roger Charlton's Brighton record in recent years improved to 4-7 when his Paling (3/1 jt fav) took the 1m2f handicap for three-year-olds. Wearing the Khalid Abdullah colours, William Twiston-Davies tracked the leader till the dip and then ran on strongly in the penultimate furlong to gain a decisive advantage. Easing up in the last few yards allowed his rivals, led by Brave Archibald, to get within a length and a quarter.

The fifth race was a 1m2f handicap for fillies. What A Party, often placed but without a victory for two years, forged ahead two out only for Solveig's Song to spoil the party by running on determinedly to take the lead with 150 yards to go. She started at 11/2, having been as long as 10/1 in the morning. Ed Greatrex rode the two-length winner for East Lavant trainer Steve Woodman.

Ashford Island and Heads You Win (6/1) ran on side by side to dispute the lead in the final furlong of the mile handicap. It was the latter, who had been nicely settled at the back by Timmy Murphy and travelled smoothly into contention, who got the upper hand in the last few strides. The Jamie Osborne-trained filly prevailed by a head.

Unusually, there was a 7f maiden to finish with. The debutante Red Box stormed into the lead with just over a furlong to go, only to run out of steam abruptly. Feed The Goater (11/8 fav) and Dheyaa swept past with 75 yards left and passed the post together. The judge gave the verdict to the former, by a short head. He was ridden by Kieran O'Neill and completed a double for Richard Hannon, who had a third winner at the Leicester evening meeting.

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Jim Beavis