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  • 15:10 Coral Distaff 1m 14y

  • (Fillies' Listed) £37,000 added 3yo 9 ran
  • Winner £20,983 2nd £7,955 3rd £3,981 4th £1,983
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
  • Winning time: 1m 45.50s
  • Off time: 15:10:46

Light Up Our World wins Coral Distaff at Sandown

Last Updated: 02/07/16 3:51pm

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Light Up Our World  leads Wilamina in the closing stages

Light Up Our World leads Wilamina in the closing stages

Light Up Our World benefited from a fine front-running ride by Pat Dobbs to make almost all in the Coral Distaff at Sandown.

Dobbs was swift to take his filly to the head of affairs but the pace was noticeably slow with several rivals pulling for their heads.

The 20/1 chance was allowed to dictate a steady gallop with Raaqy and Make Fast content to race in her slipstream.

The field spread out across the width of the track as they raced down the centre of the course and Wilamina, Sharaakah and Snow Moon all briefly threatened.

The leader kept pulling out more, however, and the challengers never reached her quarters as Light Up Our World ran on to win by a length and a quarter.

The lightly raced Wilamina was second with Sharaakah third.

The winner's form had dipped in a couple of runs since a fine second to Marenko in the Fred Darling Stakes at Chelmsford but she finished eighth in the Sandringham Handicap at the Royal meeting and bounced back to her best here to record a second career success.

Winning trainer Richard Hannon said: "She seemed to be enjoying it in front and she has improved a fair bit, and won with her ears pricked.

"She is a very sweet filly, who has had a fair bit of racing and she has been unlucky on a several occasions. She has been placed in a Group Two and a Group Three and she thoroughly deserves to win a race like that.

"She had a bit of a dip early on in mid-season having run a very good race in the Fed Darling.

"Then she went to Ascot a few days later and was a little bit disappointing - we always thought she was better than that - so it is nice to see her get her head in front and get some big black-type.

"I'm not sure where we go with her next. Derek Boocock, who bred her, will have a good look at the programme book and he's always very keen to take on the big ones. It doesn't always end well, but she has had her day in the sun today.

"She liked that ground today but I don't think she's particularly ground dependent."

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