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Race Meeting Report - Thursday 20th July

Thu, Jul 20, 2017

After 9mm of rain the going was good, good to soft in places. There were plenty of sunny spells.

Demons Rock (9/4 fav) made all the running in the opener, the first division of a 6f race for two-year-olds, and won comfortably. Tom Dascombe’s colt had been knocking at the door in his recent runs. Liam Keniry kept him up to his work to score by three and a quarter lengths. Music Society, trying to keep up but isolated on the far side, lost some momentum when colliding with the rails over a furlong out. It was a promising debut and he’ll go into some notebooks.

Keniry was riding for Music Society’s trainer Sylvester Kirk in the second division. Contrasting tactics were employed, for he held up She Believes (11/4 jt fav) in midfield until starting a run two out. She ran on steadily and needed every yard of the six furlongs to catch Kimifive in the last few strides. The judge decided she’d got there by a short head.

Black Dave was one of a pair who went off at a rattling good gallop in the one mile handicap, and he did well to hang on to the lead until 150 yards out. At that point he started to run out of steam and Eve Johnson Houghton’s Fantasy Queen (7/2) went on to a length and a half victory. It was her fourth course win, and probably won’t be her last. Her jockey Charles Bishop has been in good form, with a dozen winners since the start of June.

North Yorkshire trainer Rebecca Bastiman’s good record here (3-7) was noted in the Racing Post, as she had brought two horses down for the 7f handicap, setting off in their horsebox at 4am. David Probert was aboard the more fancied Harbour Patrol (6/1), and he came with a smooth run to lead two out. It was hard work to stay in front and he drifted left, but he was well on top at the end, having a length and three quarters to spare over the fast-finishing, tail-swishing Lawfilly.

David Evans has been among the winners recently and his Bahamian Dollar (9/2) added to his tally in the 6f handicap. He was prominent throughout, and after a protracted tussle with Farleigh Mac edged into a small lead a furlong and a half out. He tired in the closing stages and his regular pilot Katherine Glenister had to ride him out to keep the rallying Farleigh Mac at bay; that one was only a head away at the line.

Another female apprentice prevailed in a close finish half an hour later, in the 5f handicap.
Alice Mills mixes riding on the flat and over jumps. She’s currently the leading lady rider in Jersey. Today she rode her first Chepstow winner on Tony Carroll’s Toni’s A Star (6/1). The mare, successful five times so far, had a clear run through the centre of a well spread out field and led with half a furlong to go, beating Lucky Clover by a neck.

Stuart Kittow trained Tobougaloo to win here on Friday and his stable companion Avocadeau (13/2) took today’s seventh race, over 1m2f, easily. Martin Dwyer set a steady pace on him until increasing the tempo steadily from the half mile point. None of the others could get to his quarters and he galloped on to win by almost two lengths, Evening Hill getting the better of the others battling it out for minor honours.

Tobougaloo turned out for the finale, a race for apprentices over 1m4f, and as 10/11 favourite he made Kittow’s day complete with a facile two and a half length success under William Cox. He travelled strongly before taking the lead two out. There he came under pressure from St Andrews and crossed in front of him, causing him to be snatched up, but it made no difference to the result. Not too many owners like to have orange colours but this was the third winner of the day to sport that colour.

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