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Race Meeting Report - Friday 14th July

Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Friday evening was sunny and warm, ideal conditions for Ladies Night. The going was good to firm, good in places.

The first of seven races was over a mile and a half for apprentices. What A Scorcher made the running at a good clip and was going as well as anything two out, when he was three lengths clear. Tobouggaloo (4/1) had made stealthy progress from the rear and after being taken to the outside she only needed gentle nudging by William Cox to overhaul the leader in the last 50 yards. The half length winner is trained in Devon by Stuart Kittow.

Once the stalls opened for 5f two-year-olds race all the runners made for the stands side.
David Evans’ Listen Alexander (11/4), whose last run was in the Parisian suburb of Maisons-Laffitte, got the rail and showed great speed blazing away in front under Charles Bishop. He readily held off May Remain’s challenge to score by three quarters of a length.

The next was a 5f handicap. As in the previous race, the field crossed to the stands side and the horse that secured the rail won. This was Clive Cox’s filly Glacier Point (9/4 fav), who led for the first quarter of a mile. Although she gave way mid-race she responded to David Probert’s urgings by regaining the advantage inside the final furlong and running on well to fend off Compton Poppy by a neck.

Ed de Giles has a good record here and his Sheikspear (7/1) made all the running in the 6f handicap. The field was closely grouped throughout and though the leader looked sure to be collared by at least one of his rivals Callum Shepherd kept him going well and he hung on by a neck from Miss Anticipation.

The fifth on the card was one of the new Silk Series of races for female jockeys, both amateurs and professionals. The Tony Carroll-trained Oeil De Tigre (15/2) led or was prominent for most of the six furlongs. Gold Hunter appeared to be getting the upper hand in the last quarter of a mile but the Tigre fought back and regained the lead with a hundred yards to go, winning by a length. Watching Sophie Ralston ride a finish on him you wouldn’t know it was only her third career success, and her first since 2013.

The David Evans stable was on the mark again in the mile fillies handicap when Heartstone sprang a 20/1 surprise, breaking her duck at the 19th attempt. Coming off a fast pace, Steve Drowne weaved her through the field to lead entering the final furlong. Soon in command, she was allowed to coast home, and was value for more than the half length verdict over the running-on Delirium.

Happily, punters were able to recover losses in the last race, the “getting out stakes”, as a winning 5/4 favourite justified the decision of the leading jockey Silvestre de Sousa to come to Chepstow for just two rides. The Tony Carson-trained Swilly Sunset had won easily at Brighton three days ago and though he had to work hard in the penultimate furlong to get the better of Carcharias, ultimately he ran out a comfortable winner. Eased down, he had two and three quarter lengths to spare at the line.

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Jim Beavis