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Race Meeting Report - 11 July 2017

Tue, Jul 11, 2017

A distinctly unsummery evening, with rain changing the going from good to firm to good, and visibility deteriorating as time went on.

There was a familiar ring to the first race, being a two-year-old event won by the Richard Hannon stable. From the 7f start Tom Marquand kept Wildnightinvegas (7/1) handy on the inside and hassling the leader, Jazirat, all the way up the straight until gaining the upper hand with 150 yards to go. He ran on determinedly for a three quarter length victory.

Next came a 6f seller. Wild Flower (6/4 fav) was beaten a neck here a fortnight ago and built on that to win her first race at the 30th attempt. She made all the running and battled back well when Justice Rock and Picansort came alongside a furlong out, going on again by a length. There was no bid for the winner, who was trained by Jimmy Fox and ridden by Kieran O'Neill.

John Gallagher's Andalusite (6/1) has found it tough since her April win here but she bounced back in tonight's 7f fillies handicap. Leading early and running enthusiastically, she looked like being swamped by three of her rivals two furlongs out. She had other ideas, though, and kept on gamely under Fergus Sweeney to fend them off. The final challenger was One Big Surprise, but he couldn't peg her back either. She had half a length in hand at the line.

Visibility was very limited by the time of the 1m4f handicap. Luke Morris brought the Luca Cumani-trained Pacharana (7/2) over to the stands rail on the rain-softened ground. She led over a furlong out and just held on from the running-on New World Power in the centre of the track, the pair having pulled well clear of the rest. The official margin was a head. It was the filly's sixth success from 14 races.

A mile handicap came next. John Best's Luxford (9/4 fav) won well over course and distance two weeks ago but was unable to reproduce that form the day after at Kempton. She was back on song today, helped by her jockey Martin Dwyer securing the prime position on the stands rail. She galloped into the lead inside the final furlong. Chough tried to stay with her, only to go down by half a length.

The second 7f handicap of the evening went to Tigerfish (9/2), who William Stone trained to repeat her course and distance win of a month ago. Ridden by Joshua Bryan, she emerged from the gloom in front a furlong and a half out. Running on strongly up the centre of the track, she triumphed by a length and a half from Fair Selene.

Visibility was fractionally better for the last race, a 6f handicap. Despite there being only four runners it was the best finish of the night. Maazel and Delfie Lane (6/4) had a great scrap from a furlong and a half out, with the latter only getting on top in the last few strides. Finley Marsh rode the half-length winner for Richard Hughes, who used to ride round here with great success.

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