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Race Meeting Report - August 9th

Fri, Aug 9, 2013

Another sunny, warm afternoon greeted a good crowd on the third day of the Brighton Festival of Racing. Following overnight rain the going was good.

Four two year olds contested the opener over six furlongs. Minley (4/9 fav), urged on by Seb Sanders with a furlong and a half to go, soon put six lengths between them and the pacesetting Le Laitier. Rae Guest trained the winner.

The star of the show today was Beacon Lady (11/8 fav), who overcame her big weight and the exertions of her course and distance win yesterday to pick up another prize in the same style - last early and coming with a very wide run from three out. Leading at the furlong pole, Oisin Murphy guided her to an easy 3¼ lengths triumph from Jan De Heem. The filly, trained at Angmering by William Knight, dislikes travelling and in the absence of any forthcoming suitable races at Brighton (where her form figures are 1202122111) she may be seen next at Goodwood.

The third race was over a mile and a quarter. With two furlongs to go Eton Rambler and Special Report looked set to fight out the finish. It was the George Baker-trained Eton Rambler (9/4 fav) who steadily exerted his authority in the last furlong, staying on so much better than the others that Pat Cosgrave's mount won by 3¾ lengths.

Betting was close between three of the quintet in the mile and a quarter Harry Bloom Memorial, but the result was a fourth consecutive winning favourite. This was Swift Bounty (9/4 fav), from the Alan Jarvis yard, ridden by Michael Murphy. Always going well, he was shaken up two out and soon went three or four lengths clear. Idling near the finish, Mizyen got to within a length and a half.

The Brighton Bullet, a very competitive handicap over six furlongs, was the big race of the day. Many had chances and up the finishing straight whenever one horse struck the front it was almost immediately passed by another. The last and widest challenge came from Noverre To Go (12/1), a regular in decent sprint handicaps trained by Ron Harris. Steve Drowne brought the winner from last to lead in the last couple of strides. Cruisetothelimit and Comanche were beaten a neck and a head.

A six furlongs maiden handicap went to Pastureyes (4/1), trained by Scott Dixon and ridden by Robert Tart. He disputed the lead until two out and battled on gamely despite seeming held by Sally Bruce. Suddenly he found a second wind in the last half furlong and ran past the filly to a three quarters of a length victory.

The Festival ended, as it began, with a five furlongs sprint. This was taken by George Margarson's course and distance winner Excellent Aim (11/8), who burst into the lead a furlong out and strolled five lengths clear of the well-backed Welease Bwian. Ryan Powell was the winning jockey.

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Jim Beavis