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Hail greeted the horses as they loaded for the first at Chepstow. Seven took part with Andrew Balding’s Auriferous sent off the 5/4 favourite having been as big as 15/8 in the morning. The name means ‘rocks or minerals that contain gold’ sadly for the punter that had £5000 on at 6/4 with Star Sports the moniker of his fancy didn’t translate into bets that returns riches for intrepid punters. The favourite had to settle for third, returning 5/4 so at the punter had value though alas they couldn’t eat.
The race went to Talbeyah backed from 9/2 into 3/1 late on, which bolted up by six lengths. Winning jockey Ray Dawson told Luke Harvey after the race that his filly loved the soft ground, she’d come on for her first run and that the trainer, Owen Burrows, had been confident before the race. He added that he could have done with sitting for a bit longer, but the going had played to her strengths and she did it like a good one.
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The next race boasted another clear winner when Zillion also won by six lengths. Also, at least according to the Industry SP, was also backed 13/2 into 9/2 near the off. Ed Dark in the Star Sports office didn’t report any lumps for this winner though it did cost the firm a monkey (£500). The winning jockey said of Susan Gardner’s gelding that he’d been in good form at home, handled the conditions, travelled well and outstayed them on ground he described as pretty soft all round, adding that the trainer gets them super fit.
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The short head that Selsey Sizzler, backed from 9/4 into 6/4 favourite won by, cost bookmakers plenty. Bets from Ed in the Star Sports office included £3375-£1800 and £2925-£1800 on the winner. Speaking after his quickfire double, winning rider David Probert said that his mount, trained by David Menuisier, was a lovely big horse with a big stride which he used to his advantage. He added that he was surprised that something had got to him saying that he’d given up the rail to get the better ground but that his horse rallied well.
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7/2 chance Grand Scheme beat 5/2 shot Power Station by three lengths in the next. Speaking after the race, Richard Kingscote, the winning jockey of the Richard Hannon trained colt said that he’d been asked to get his mount to settle which he did adding that he had plenty of stamina so had stayed on well. He suggested that the horse had been unlucky a couple of times last season. If that was right, he got that luck back in spades today. The jockey had just won on a spare ride which was fortunate. Not taking anything away from the winner but the runner-up suffered missing the break and a bad kit malfunction. His saddle slipped about as far back as it was possible to go without coming off, which can’t have aided his chances.
Talking of luck, Star Sports laid an even £10,000 the fourth-placed favourite Coul Cat, Aye Aye, but then ran into a £9000 – £2000 the winner, d’oh. Spare a thought for poor old Pat Dobbs who should have been riding. Instead, he was still apparently sat on the motorway somewhere waiting for rescue after a tire blowout.
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Keeping up the vaguely supernatural theme, Josephine Gordon’s mount Joy Choi had form figures of 666. That didn’t stop Malcolm Saunders’ filly winning by two and a quarter lengths at odds of 12/1 from 6/1 chance Emjaytwentythree (Ed reported £2500 ew 11/1 the only loser in the book making the race a small winner).
Josephine Gordon said that the winner was probably a seven-furlong filly but got away with it today adding that she loved the ground.
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The race before the penultimate was a good contest which resulted in a neck victory for Adrian Wintle’s Tawaafoq under Georgia Dobie. Waiting to earwig Luke Harvey’s interview, the previous race’s winning jockey Josephine Gordon said, ‘Give her a big up she’s a good jockey’ which was lovely camaraderie to hear. Once Luke had collared her, after weighing in, Georgia told him that his trainer gave her confidence before the racing saying that her mount had been freshened up, liked the track and went on the going. The winner returned 22/1 having been 16/1. Ed perked up with a ‘lovely result there’ after reporting bets of Vape £5000 at 9/2, Major Valentine £2000 at 10/3 and £750 at 3/1.
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Josephine’s good sportsmanship didn’t buy her any favours in the luck department, her mount Bluebell Time went down a nose in the last stride in the penultimate. To be fair there was no luck involved, Callum Hutchinson rode a terrific race to get 15/2 chance Flip Mode up on the line. Speaking of John O’Shea’s charge after the race his jockey said he’d watched videos of the geldings previous runs over 6f. He’d noted that he’d tired in the final furlong so made use of him over today’s shorter trip. Callum, son of Wayne Hutchinson is making a name for himself and has now racked up 10 winners. Ed reported a wager of £1800 at 2/1 Bring The Money with it staying in the (virtual) hod.
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Sir Plato won the last by a couple of lengths for Rod Millman under a confident ride from Angus Villiers. Inlike Flynn stepping in for Ed Dark in the office reported that despite there having not been any bets to trouble this report, it had been a good result for the firm. That concluded a day that started with hail and ended with sunshine. This will hopefully hit social media before Star Sports’ support of the social media blackout starts at 6pm. Next stop, hopefully Newton Abbot next Wednesday.
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