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Keep Empress Ali onside when the mud starts to fly
Terrific to have this very fair seaside track back on the roster and Guns Of Leros hinted of better days ahead in running fourth to Prosecute in the 1m 2f handicap.
George Baker kept him widest of all down the long straight and Guns Of Leros didn’t help his rider by lugging a bit left when coming under pressure.
Gary Moore’s three-year-old had started at 100-1 five weeks earlier when eighth to Poet’s Word at Nottingham and he is progressing steadily.
With William Haggas’s odds-on Sehayli finishing a well-beaten third, it might be prudent not to get carried away too much by Lincoln Rocks, but the no-fuss manner of victory suggests she is a filly well up to winning handicaps for David O’Meara.
She was never remotely in danger of surrendering her lead when pushed into the bridle by Phillip Makin and this mile looks her ideal trip for now.
Tom Tate’s mare appreciated the slight cut in the ground and raced enthusiastically up with the pace. Empress Ali couldn’t quicken when the chips were down but stuck on doggedly to finish fourth to Pandora.
She is at her very best when the mud is flying and could well emulate her productive autumn campaign of last season when scoring on the Knavesmire and at Chester in September/October.
Having her first run back from a 258-day absence and was understandably keen in the early stages of this one-mile fillies' handicap.
Giveaway Glance had expended quite a bit of energy by the time she was extricated from some trouble in the straight but ran on willing to grab second place being hotpot Desert Haze.
Winner of a Lingfield maiden on heavy last September, Alan King's filly seemed to handle this much quicker terrain well enough.
Finished in the ruck behind Pomme De Terre but Alan Brown’s mare showed plenty of zip to lead on the unfavoured stands’ side until it was clear the group on her left flank had a few lengths in hand.
Meandmyshadow had finished a head behind Darma 10 days earlier at Nottingham and although she is 6lb higher than when scoring at Carlisle last September, the eight-year-old remains at the top of her game.
Will no doubt be making some trips to the seaside this summer with Yarmouth, her favourite hunting ground, back up and running.
The Ducking Stool has had two runs following a 53-day mini-break and her second here to Dew Pond over the St Leger distance was an encouraging return to form. The mare is well enough handicapped these days to think she’ll be winning again shortly.
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