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Brighton Racecourse Season Review

Mon, Oct 21, 2013

After 19 meetings, 138 races and 1020 runners it has been a season to remember at Brighton Racecourse. The season didn't start as we would have liked due to ground conditions after a severe winter, but the weather made amends throughout the summer with some fantastic hot and sunny months, attracting large crowds to our seaside racecourse.

Out of the 19 meetings throughout the season only two of these fixtures were run on soft ground, meaning the majority were on good ground or better.

Regular racegoers at Brighton cheered home the William Knight-trained Beacon Lady, who became the outstanding performer with four wins that include the Brighton Challenge Cup under Darren Egan. The Pat Phelan-trained Green Earth managed three victories. Whilst another ten horses ended the season with two course wins, including Michael Bell's Sword Of The Lord, who won at both October meetings.

The courses leading jockeys in terms of winners for the season was shared by Richard Hughes and Neil Callan with eight winners each. The Porsche Mid Sussex Champion Jockeys Series was won by George Baker, who rounded off the season by landing the spoils in the final race of 2013 and will get a fantastic days Porsche driving experience at Silverstone.

In total 60 individual jockeys partnered one winner or more. Silvestre de Sousa and crack apprentice Oisin Murphy are amongst 12 riders to partner a first course winner. Renato Souza was the only other senior jockey and is joined by apprentices Joey Haynes, Josh Crane, Ahmad Al Subousi, Tim Clark, Declan Bates, Robert Tart, Michael J M Murphy, Shelley Birkett and Lewis Walsh.

It has taken nine years but Hayley Moore extended her unbeaten course run to three wins from three rides on landing the August Festival ladies race on Whinging Willie.

The top trainer was David Simcock who saddled six winners, while William Knight finished runner-up with five to his credit.

The Connelly's Red Mills Trainers Championship with more than 30 horses in training was won by William Knight (110 points) and Violet Jordan took the prize for less than 30 horses in training finishing on 85 points.

In total 71 individual trainers saddled a winner or more. Rookie trainers Charlie Appleby and Philip Hide are amongst 13 names to enjoy a first course success. Others were; Alan McCabe, Ed McMahon, Jo Hughes, Peter Crate, Violet Jordan, Daniel Mark Loughnane, Scott Dixon, James Given, David Lanigan, Philip 'Charlie' McBride and Jane Chapple-Hyam.

In addition, a Wolverhampton claimer switched to Brighton Racecourse in May generated a £10,000 claim from Brian Ellison for Racy, a 100 rated sprinter who has since been placed in four valuable handicaps including the Stewards Cup.

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