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Race Meeting Report - September 2nd

Wed, Sep 4, 2013

The second day of this meeting was even sunnier than the first, with the going still good to firm. The rails for the home turn once again angled runners up the middle and stands side. Well-fancied horses won most of the races, yet there were surprises in the first three events.

Racing began with an event unique to Brighton, the Ian Carnaby seller. Sponsored by the doyen of the press room for many years in celebration of his affection for the racecourse, the winning jockey receives a stick of rock as a prize. It was somehow appropriate that the Chris Dwyer-trained winner, Father Fred, was the rank outsider at 25/1. Jimmy Quinn brought him up the stands rail and after a battle with Jarrow, he drew 3¼ lengths clear in the last half furlong. There were no bids for Father Fred at the post-race auction.

William Haggas and Richard Hughes teamed up for a winner here last month and repeated the trick with Amnesia (5/2) in the six furlongs race for two year old fillies. Asked for an effort two out, she hit the front two out and ground out a length and a quarter victory from the odds-on Genuine Quality. The runner-up broke well and tried to make all the running, but in the end she was second for the fourth time in her four-race career.

Next came a nursery over six furlongs. The odds-on Primotorio came to challenge La Tinta Bay (7/2) soon after that one had taken the lead a furlong and a half out on the stands rail. When it became clear the favourite wasn't going to get past, La Tinta Bay put 3½ lengths between them in the last half furlong. The renowned Richard Hannon-Richard Hughes combination was responsible for the winner.

The steadily-improving Dance King (4/5 fav) took the mile and a quarter maiden under Ted Durcan. He made most of the running and although passed by My History on the stands rail (and bumped by him a few times) he knuckled down to his task well and won by a neck. Trained by David Lanigan, this horse is thought to be one who will improve next year.

The fifth race was also over a mile and a quarter. Having finished second here in his last three races, James Tate's runner Mizyen (5/6 fav) deservedly came out on top today. Running free in the lead early on, Neil Callan's mount got to the stands rail first only to be passed by Emman Bee inside the last two furlongs. Mizyen then fought back gamely to regain the lead in the last hundred yards. He was a length clear at the post.

There was a big field of 13 for the mile handicap. Punters correctly made Napinda, from the Philip McBride stable, the favourite (5/1). Few really got into the race. Hail Promenader led for much of the way and over two furlongs out Silvestre De Sousa was hard at work on the eventual winner. Hail Promenader drifted into the middle as he ran out of gas coming up the hill and Napinda stayed on for pressure to win by 1¾ lengths.

The seventh race was over seven furlongs. Pilates (5/2 fav) hit the front about three out only to be challenged and passed by two others on the inside. They bunched together up the centre and after duelling in the penultimate furlong Pilates stayed on very strongly and ended up winning comfortably by four lengths. He has plenty of entries and may go in again soon. Saskia's Dream was second. Mark Johnston trained the winner. Jockey Silvestre De Sousa was completing a double. With two winners today that made a total of five for Richard Hughes during the two-day meeting.

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Jim Beavis