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Race Meeting Report - Friday 16th June

Fri, Jun 16, 2017

This evening’s meeting took place in warm, sunny conditions. The going was good to firm.

Some leading stables were represented in the first race, a 6f maiden for two-year-olds. Roger Charlton’s filly Klosters was the 11/10 favourite as a result of her close third on debut. Kieran Shoemark shook her up to take the lead two out, and although Airshow tried to stick with her she was two lengths in front passing the post, without having too hard a race.

According to the market the 1m4f maiden only concerned So Sleek and Inconceivable. They finished in that order, but ahead of them was William Muir’s once-raced filly Sure To Explore (10/1). She responded well to Dane O’Neill’s encouragement over a quarter of a mile out, took the lead approaching the final furlong and stayed on well to hold off So Sleek by half a length. The runner-up had fallen behind and needed cajoling along fully half a mile out, and despite running on well she looked an awkward ride.

Jump jockey Trevor Whelan is light enough to take out a licence to ride on the flat, and he notched his first winner since doing so when making all the running on Jufn (11/4 fav) in the 1m2f handicap. He stepped up the pace from three out and nothing else was able to challenge. He finished a length ahead of Squiggley, who was in second place virtually throughout. The successful trainer, John Butler, has his horses in good form at the moment.

Eve Johnson Houghton had a winner here last week and another tonight in the form of Fantasy Queen (6/4 fav) in the mile handicap. Two of the five runners left the stalls so slowly that their chances were ruined. Here’s Too went for home two out but the favourite, with Charles Bishop on board, was too strong. She took the lead a furlong out and came home a length and a half to the good.

Carpe Diem Lady (2/1 fav) is rarely out of the first three but had never won. She put that right tonight, with the help of first-time visors, in the 7f handicap. She led the trio that opted to run in the middle of the track and though the field converged behind her before spreading out again, she kept going straight and true. Although running out of gas near the end, she had half a length in hand over Bounty Pursuit. Pat Dobbs rode her on this, her second start for Ralph Beckett.

Bookmakers needed some respite after four out of five favourites had won, and they got a little with the Malcolm Saunders-trained Showmethewayavrilo (11/2) in the 6f handicap. Josephine Gordon kept him among the leading bunch until pressing on and taking a narrow lead with a furlong and a half to go. The favourite Delfie Lane came from behind to finish a three quarter length second.

The grey Dovils Date (3/1) made all the running in the closing 2m handicap, willingly pulling out more for Kieran O’Neill in the closing stages. Tim Vaughan’s charge won over two furlongs shorter at Lingfield, and has won at up to 2m4f over hurdles, and is versatile as regards going. Nachi Falls got to within three quarters of a length without ever looking likely to take the spoils.

Fantasy Queen may have won the fourth race but dancing queens were in evidence among the crowd and before the Abba tribute band got under way a trio of racegoers won a £1,000 prize for the best Abba lookalikes.

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Jim Beavis