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From Brighton Racecourse to the Breeders' Cup!!

Mon, Nov 4, 2013

The 30th running of the Breeders' Cup took place at the picturesque Santa Anita Park last Friday & Saturday, a two day meeting attracting some of the best thoroughbreds from across the globe.

Lambourn based trainer Jo Hughes saddled London Bridge in the opening Breeders' Cup Marathon on the Friday evening where a total of ten runners went to post for the Grade 2 contest run over 1m 6f on a dirt surface. The three-year-old American-bred colt settled in mid division in the hands of Mike Smith in the early stages, before being ridden over four furlongs out and kept on under pressure inside the final furlong to lead towards the finish and score by a length from runner-up Blueskiesnrainbows.

Five months earlier, London Bridge won his first race at Brighton Racecourse under Martin Lane in the Frosts4Cars.co.uk Handicap off a mark of 64 after three previous disappointing starts. The son of Arch quickly followed up his Brighton success and went on to land another two victories at both Sandown Park and Ripon, making it three wins from as many starts in June.

London Bridge finished a close third to Bold Sniper at Ascot in July and fourth in a listed contest at Deauville in August before making his journey to California for the Breeders' Cup.

Everyone at Brighton Racecourse would like to congratulate Jo Hughes, Waratah Thoroughbreds Ltd, Mike Smith and all the stable staff at Jo Hughes's stable for a fantastic result and a fascinating story.

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George Hill