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Race Meeting Report - 12 June 2017

Mon, Jun 12, 2017

It was another sunny afternoon on the coast, and happily the wind wasn't as strong as it was for last Friday's meeting. The going was good to firm.

The card began with a race for two-year-olds over 6f. Silvestre de Sousa had the Mark Johnston-trained Royal Liberty (11/4) just behind the leader until taking over two and a half furlongs out and putting some daylight between him and his rivals. Only in the last few strides did Alaska and the slow-starting Mrs Teasdale close to within a neck and the same.

Fortunes changed rapidly at the climax of the mile race for three-year-old fillies. Coming up the hill they fanned out across the course to vie for the lead. Ed Walker's Nastenka (11/2), held up in the rear by Thomas Brown, was the last and widest challenger and she took charge with 50 yards to go. Al Nafoorah, second in her three most recent races, tried to go with her but failed by a neck.

The 1m2f handicap looked like an impossible puzzle and long shots filled the frame, led by About Glory (16/1). Visually it was a good performance, for he didn't have an entirely clear passage and yet he came through to lead 150 yards out and ran on strongly to beat California Cliffs by two and a half lengths. Tom Marquand rode the winner for Richard Hannon. First-time blinkers accounted substantially for his marked improvement, though he also had the benefit of being dropped in class.

Lord Lloyd Webber was not present to see his horse Wapping (7/2) take the feature event over a mile and a half. Unproven at this distance, his jockey Tom Queally was able to set a very steady pace until quickening three out and holding on well, despite veering right and left in the run to the line. Impressive Day got to within a neck of the David Lanigan-trained winner. He and the third, Mornington, would have appreciated a more truly-run race.

The fifth race was over 5f. The odds on John Butler's charge Come On Dave had halved during the day to 11/4. He was taken down to the start early by Daniel Muscutt and was the first to arrive back at the winning post. He hit the front at halfway and was all out to hang on by a neck from dead-heaters Zipedeedodah and the outsider Hurricane Alert, who had suffered interference at the start.

The big question before the 6f handicap was if the hat-trick seeking Deeds Not Words (evens fav) could shoulder the welter burden of 10st 8lbs successfully. The answer was yes, decisively. David Probert angled him out wide and he ran on well to lead half a furlong out and win going away. His trainer Michael Wigham now has to decide whether to try and strike again before being rehandicapped. Frank Cool was beaten a length and a quarter into second place.

A 7f apprentices race closed proceedings. Almost everything was still in with a chance two furlongs out and four flashed past the winning post almost in line. Tigerfish's two Lingfield victories in February proved she had a good attitude and with Katherine Glenister aboard she found the gaps and ran on well to poke her nose in front a few strides from the end with Welsh Inlet, Lawfilly and Fanfair heads and necks away. William Stone trained the 4/1 winner. Just Marion unseated her rider leaving the stalls before he could remove the blindfold that had been employed to get her into them. She ran loose, unable to see where she was going, until she was caught by two ambulance staff.

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