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Race Meeting Report - August 8th

Thu, Aug 8, 2013

There was sunshine, a bumper crowd and good to firm going for Ladies' Day, the second day of the Brighton Festival.

The racing began with a five furlongs dash. Violet Jordan's in-form runner Amenable (5/2), with a big penalty for two recent wins, looked held coming up the straight. However, with the assistance of Martin Harley he gradually pegged back the railer Maria Montez and was running on strongly at the end, finishing three quarters of a length ahead of the fast-finishing Volito. A quick reappearance for Amenable is on the cards.

In the seven furlongs seller, Midlands trainer Daniel Mark Loughnane scored with the top weight, For Shia And Lula (3/1), ridden by William Twiston-Davies. They led a furlong and a half out and withstood a stern challenge on the far rail by Dancing Welcome to win by a neck. There was no bid for the winner.

Next came a race for two year olds over a mile, a long way for them this early in their careers. It was won by a horse with surely the shortest name in training, If (8/13 fav), trained by Andrew Balding. He got to the front easily but had to be stoked up by Liam Keniry to go further ahead. He did so eventually and was ultimately quite impressive, beating Giant's Legend by 3¼ lengths.

William Knight's course specialist Beacon Lady was sent off at a surprisingly generous 9/1 in the Brighton Challenge Cup over a mile and a half. Held up for most of the way and asked for an effort from three out by Darren Egan, she ran on well from very wide and notched her fourth course win comfortably. Number five could be here tomorrow. St Ignatius was second, 3½ lengths away.

It was a good race for the ten furlongs fillies' handicap, with all five in line as they came down the straight. By the final furlong Chris Wall's Curly Come Home (4/1), on the outside, was going the best and George Baker sent her on. She came home an easy 2¾ lengths winner from Love Magic, and looks capable of following up.

The sixth race, over a mile, went to Tony Carroll's runner Pour La Victoire (3/1). Leading two out, he saw off the determined effort of Norwegian Reward only for Fair Comment and Lightning Spirit to mount late challenges, but Robert Tart's mount had half a length in hand at the post.

Finally, a lady amateurs' race over a mile and a quarter. The strength of the combination of trainer Gary and jockey Hayley Moore was reflected in the betting, with their Whinging Willie the 5/4 favourite. The horse, who had some fair course form, was held up before nipping through on the far side to lead inside the last two furlongs. Despite running a little erratically he did enough to maintain his slender lead and hold on by a head from Flag Of Glory.

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Jim Beavis