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Race Meeting Report - July 2nd

Tue, Jul 2, 2013

On an overcast day the going began as good to firm, good in places, but this was changed to good after the fourth race. Thanks to watering the ground became a little cut up. After the first few races runners came down the middle of the track and by the fifth they were aiming for the stands rail.

A competitive five furlongs sprint got the meeting under way. The Strig (4/1) had won this race last year and he was always in the front rank today. He held off a number of challengers, but no sooner was victory assured in the last fifty yards when Jean-Pierre Guillambert eased up and let Johnny Splash get to within a neck at the line. Stuart Williams was the successful trainer.

Renoir's Lady (6/1) was held up off a strong early gallop but at the business end of the race the leaders struggled to get home. On the outside Simon Dow's mare, whose best form is over further, ran on well under George Baker to take the lead well inside the final furlong. Despite hanging left she won by three quarters of a length from Excellent Aim.

Statistics suggest you ignore any Godolphin runners at Brighton at your peril. Today Sadiq (11/4) was the second string from Saeed bin Suroor's yard for this maiden race over a mile and a quarter. Running second for much of a slowly-run affair, he was driven by Jim Crowley to lead a furlong out and scored with a degree of comfort by one length from his stable companion, the debutant Apparently.

Next came a ten furlongs handicap. Young Jackie (6/1) took up the running a furlong out and went a few lengths clear, only to swerve over to the far side. Seven-pound claimer Jordan Vaughan kept the George Margarson-trained mare going to score by a length and a half - their third victory together - from Beacon Lady.

The mile and a half handicap resulted in a win for the David Simcock filly Brigh (6/4 joint fav) by thirteen lengths. Shaken up by Hayley Turner between the last two, she pulled right away from the veteran Megalala in the last furlong and took some time to pull up afterwards. Even though it was a comfortable win, it was the best performance of the day according to the clock.

Jockey George Baker made it a double with Aqua Ardens (8/1) in the mile race. The winner, unproven over the trip, was held up and boxed in on the stands rails approaching the final furlong. A gap appeared, allowing Pat Cosgrave's charge to squeeze through and exert his superiority in the last hundred yards. He was value for a little more than the half length verdict over Exceedexpectations.

Luca Cumani is another trainer to follow here and his hitherto-disappointing Lionheart (9/2), ridden by Kirsty Milczarek, raced in the style of most of the other winners today by coming from near the back and taking the lead a furlong out. He finished three lengths clear of This Is Nice.

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