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Race Meeting Report - 17 July 2014

Thu, Jul 17, 2014

A warm, sunny day - perfect Brighton racing weather. The going was good to firm, firm in places.

Johnny Splash (5/2 joint fav) didn't quite make all here over six furlonghs two weeks ago but he succeeded today over five, breaking smartly and winning unchallenged. George Baker rode him for Epsom trainer Roger Teal. See Vermont followed him past the post almost three lengths behind.

George Baker secured a quick double on Jargon (2/1 fav) in the six furlong race for two-year-olds. Pushed onto the rail by Amber Crystal, whose jockey lost his whip, he seemed to have a hopeless task when left four lengths down with a furlong to go. Baker took him to the outside, and from there he ate up the ground to lead close home and finish a length up. Michael Bell's well-backed juvenile was value for much more.

Ginzan (15/2) ran on well on the outside to take the lead in the last furlong of this six furlong handicap and held the three quarters of a length runner-up Noverre To Go without much difficulty. Malcolm Saunders trained the winning mare and Fergus Sweeney rode her.

George Baker the trainer got into the act in the fourth race, his Secular Society (5/1) winning this mile and a quarter event by two lengths in the hands of Pat Cosgrave. He was six lengths behind the runaway leader at halfway, and a similar distance ahead of the rest of the pack. The front-runner gave way with a furlong and a half to go, and Gabrial The Terror briefly shared the lead before Secular Society found a bit more to run out a clear winner.

The next was over seven furlongs. Royal Caper (7/2 fav) hit the front on the far rail inside the last quarter of a mile, and under energetic driving from Stevie Donohoe won by a length and three quarters from the pacesetting Big City Boy. This £800 purchase was rookie trainer Joey Ellis's second winner from just six runners sent out so far from her Newmarket yard.

The penultimate race was a one mile handicap. Though Dougie Costello is best known as a National Hunt jockey, he rides a few on the flat as well and gained his first winner of 2014 in that sphere on Siouxperhero (8/1) for William Muir. Urged into the lead a furlong and a half out, he ran on well to come home two lengths ahead of Welsh Inlet.

The last race was the longest, over a mile and a half, and confined to apprentice jockeys. With a record of 0/15, Elsie Bay (16/1) was not an obvious contender but Hector Crouch jumped her out and led for most of the race. Athough the Gary Moore-trained mare was headed by the grey Cherry Princess on the far rail she kept on well and regained the advantage with half a furlong to go, repelling a couple of late challengers. Sir Tyto was second, beaten three quarters of a length.

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Jim Beavis