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Race Meeting Report - 7 August 2014

Thu, Aug 7, 2014

On another sunny, warm day the going for Ladies' Day at the Brighton Festival was good to firm.

After four winners yesterday, it was no surprise to see Richard Hughes notch up another on the first-race favourite, Ada Lovelace (9/4). Travelling well as a strong early pace was set, the John Gallagher-trained filly eased into the lead with a furlong and a half to go and won, unextended, by two and a quarter lengths from Whitecrest.

Next came a seven furlong seller, which went to recent course winner Clapperboard (6/1), trained by Paul Fitzsimons and ridden by Fergus Sweeney. She led all the way and after quickening at the foot of the hill some of her rivals got in each other's way and the rest got going too late. She was able to hold on by a short head and a neck from Mill I Am and Fairy Mist, and at the auction she was bought in for 8,800 guineas.

A one mile maiden for two-year-olds produced a shock forecast with Percy Veer (16/1) regaining the lead in the last furlong and beating the awkward-looking 33/1 shot Diamond Runner by half a length. Silvestre De Sousa rode the winner for Sylvester Kirk.

There was a good finish to the Brighton Challenge Cup over a mile and a half. The favourite Notarised led until half a furlong out, when Barwick (10/1), ridden by Cam Hardie, took over. He did enough to hold on from Laser Blazer and Echo Brava by a diminishing three quarters of a length and a head. Lady Herries trains the winner locally.

Ralph Smith's Who's That Chick (7/2) kept up her fine recent course form in the ten furlong fillies' handicap by running on well under Oisin Murphy and showing a good attitude to overtake Godolphin's Sequined with a hundred yards to go. The winning margin was two lengths. This, her fourth victory since May, has reportedly entitled her to a little break.

The second Sussex-trained winner of the afternoon was Luke Dace's mare Emman Bee (9/2) in the mile handicap. Fourth most of the way, the in-foal grey came through to lead inside the last two furlongs and was driven out by Michael Murphy to a four length success from Hawk Moth.

The seventh race, over a mile and a quarter, was confined to lady amateur riders. The veteran multiple course winner Megalala led until just over a furlong out, when he gave way to the Mick Easterby-trained City Ground (5/2). The horse's journey from North Yorkshire was worthwhile, for he stayed on strongly with Serena Brotherton on board and held off Gabrial The Terror's slightly wayward challenge by a comfortable length and three quarters.

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Jim Beavis