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Race Meeting Report - 24 April 2014

Thu, Apr 24, 2014

On a gloriously sunny warm evening a big crowd turned out for Brighton's opening meeting of the 2014 season. The going was good to soft.

The first race was for two-year-olds and the in-form Gary Moore yard supplied the first winner. Bronze Maquette (2/1 joint fav) had to be chased along by jockey William Buick in the first half of the race but once meeting the rising ground she improved steadily, and swept past Macarthurs Park in the last furlong to win impressively by five lengths. If she wins again a race at Royal Ascot becomes a possibility.

The mile and a quarter race was memorable for the thirteen-year-old Megalala's performance. Ridden by William Carson, he made all the running at a steady pace, was five lengths clear at halfway and galloped his rivals into the ground to win by nine lengths at odds of 10/1. Well treated on his old form, John Bridger's charge was scoring his 16th win and his sixth here at Brighton. Nelson Quay was a remote second.

There was another front-running success in the mile handicap, which went to Uncle Dermot (6/4 fav). He took a narrow early lead before being chased along three out, going clear by the furlong post and finishing almost three lengths ahead of Gaelic Silver. The winner was trained by Brendan Powell and ridden by Richard Kingscote.

The fourth race was also over a mile, and Tony Carroll's Pour La Victoire (11/10 fav) added to his sole previous win, which was over this course and distance. He passed the pacesetting Clapperboard inside the final quarter mile and went quickly clear. Robert Tart then had the luxury of easing up and limiting the winning margin to a length and three quarters.

A seven furlong handicap resulted in a good finish, with Aqua Ardens just getting the better of Kosika, although neither could withstand the finishing thrust of Corporal Maddox (8/1). The Corporal came late and fast and despite only leading with fifty yards to go he was three quarters of a length in front by the winning post. Ron Harris and Steve Drowne were the successful trainer-jockey partnership.

The next race, also over seven furlongs, saw fortunes change rapidy in the last furlong. Frosted Off was overtaken by Mrs Warren, who was caught on the line by Athletic (4/1). The winner had travelled well under Jim Crowley, and though hemmed in up the straight, found daylight just in time. Andrew Reid owned and trained him.

The last, over six furlongs, went to the grey Iseemist (5/1) from the stable of John Gallagher. Michael Murphy had her disputing the early pace before taking sole charge two and a half furlongs out and staying on well to hold off Miss Brazil, who was three quarters of a length behind at the line.

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Jim Beavis