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Race Report 25 July 2016

Fri, Jul 29, 2016

On Irish Night the going was good to firm on an initially fine evening that clouded over later but stayed dry.

Clive Cox's 10th winner of the season here came in the first race, a 5f event for two-year-old maidens. His Grey Galleon (2/1 jt fav) took the lead entering the final furlong only to face a stern challenge from the debutante Tschierschen, but he battled on well under John Fahy to win by a head, the pair pulling clear.

Jim Crowley has been doing well here this year and he achieved the first leg of a double with Hugo Palmer's Evergate (2/1) in the 6f maiden, another race for juveniles. He shadowed the leader until being driven ahead a furlong and a half out, and drew four lengths ahead of Mr Pocket in the closing stages to suggest a step up in trip won't be a problem.

West Ham football fans in the crowd who supported the John Jenkins stable stalwart Pretty Bubbles (9/1) were on good terms with themselves after her performance in the 6f fillies' handicap, the 10th success of her career. George Baker held her up before coming with a smooth run to lead a furlong out to win more comfortably than the official margin two and a quarter lengths suggests. In second place was Clive Cox's Inclination, foiled in her bid for a four-timer.

Jim Crowley's second winner came in the form of September Stars (9/4 jt fav) in the mile handicap. He repeated his successful tactics in the earlier race, tracking the leader until urging her to the front inside the last couple of furlongs. The further they went the better she looked, coasting in three and a half lengths ahead of Feed The Goater. Trainer Ralph Beckett was considering running her again here next Monday.

The 1m2f handicap looked like a tricky puzzle, and the answer was Roger Charlton's Rock Steady (7/2). Given a strong ride by Willie Twiston-Davies, his attempt to overtake Cape Banjo on the outside appeared to have failed, when suddenly in the last 50 yards he found more and dashed past to win by half a length.

The six-strong field for the 1m4f handicap were well strung out for most of the way. When the pacesetting Glens Wobbly gave way two and a half out Ravenous (4/1) galloped into a lead which quickly became unassailable. He was eased by Kieran O'Neill to limit his superiority over Officer Drivel to just two and three quarter lengths. Trained by Luke Dace near Pulborough, the winner may run at Brighton next week.

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