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Race Meeting Report - 30 April 2014

Wed, Apr 30, 2014

Brighton's second meeting of the new season took place on good to soft going. Conditions were good, with sunshine giving way to haziness later in the evening.

In the opener, for two-year-olds, the odds on favourite Just Marion had to work hard to get to the front a furlong and a half out. She was nailed on the post by Loretta Martin (8/1) who, although bred for stamina rather than speed, came from last to first under Charles Bishop. She won by a neck for the Mick Channon yard.

The second race, over seven furlongs, looked open but turned out to be a straightforward task for Alice's Dancer (3/1 fav). Trained by William Muir and ridden by Oisin Murphy, she put her head in front with over a quarter of a mile to go and was going away again at the end, the winning margin being just over three lengths. Great Expectations was second.

The next was an even more open mile and a half handicap. Shane Kelly riding for Gary Moore looked an interesting booking, and it was significant. Their Anjuna Beach (6/1), last out of the stalls, came to take the lead off the front-running Herbalist two out and strode on to a clear three and a quarter lengths success. Turbulent Priest made some late headway to be placed second.

A mile and a quarter handicap came next. John Bridger followed up a winner here last week with Choral Festival (7/4 fav), who took the lead three out. Though drifting into the centre and driven out by William Carson, by the final furlong his superiority was in no doubt and he coasted past the line two and a quarter lengths ahead of Litmus.

A slowly-run mile handicap developed into a sprint and brought an exciting finish. The long-time leader Minimee was slowly but surely reeled in by Little Indian (9/2), who got his nose in front in the last fifty yards, with Loucal closing fast in third. The half-length winner came from John Jenkins's yard and was ridden by Fergus Sweeney.

In a contrastingly strongly-run seven furlongs handicap Welsh Inlet (5/1) came up the middle of the course to lead with two furlongs to go. Despite hanging over to the stands side he finished with almost four lengths to spare over Pour La Victoire, who never looked like repeating his win here last week. This completed a double for John Bridger and William Carson.

Trainer John Gallagher's sprinters do well here and his Ladweb (7/1) made all the running in the last over five furlongs, piloted by Michael Murphy. He looked like being swamped two out, but ran on gamely to hold off Secret Millionaire on the far rail by three quarters of a length.

Racing returns here next week on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th.

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Jim Beavis