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Race Meeting Report - 8 August 2014

Fri, Aug 8, 2014

The third day of the Brighton Festival was cloudy and dry. The going was good to firm.

The Richard Hannon-trained Mecado, backed from 10/11 in the morning to 4/11 favourite at the off, made hard work of the six furlong opener. He was under pressure some way out and needed all of Pat Dobbs's assistance to shake off Frozen Princess half a furlong out. A length and a quarter was the winning margin.

The mile and a half handicap went to Sacred Square (2/1 fav), owned by the Bloom family that sponsored the fourth race and trained by Donald McCain in Cheshire. He took the lead two and a half furlongs out and though veering over to the far rail he was kept up to his work by Jim Crowley for a 13 length success. Crouching Harry plugged on to take second place.

Cameley Dawn (11/4) justified market support throughout the day to land the odds in the mile and a quarter handicap. Prim and Proper appeared to have got the better of a four-horse charge out of the dip until Malcolm Saunders' charge hung across to the far rail to challenge. She then stayed on strongly in the last furlong to win by two and a half lengths. Fergus Sweeney rode the winner.

The Harry Bloom Memorial, a decent mile and a quarter handicap, went to the Mark Johnston-trained Fire Fighting (9/4 fav). Under Luke Morris, he burst through a gap one off the rail coming down the hill, took the lead, lost it and regained it inside the last furlong. He was all out to hold off Muhawalah by a head in an all-action finish.

Panther Patrol (9/4 fav) completed a three-week hat trick in the six furlong handicap, winning a duel for the lead a furlong out and then resisting a late challenge from Ginzan to win by a length with a little bit up his sleeve. The runner up had been baulked early in the race and deserves credit for getting so close. John Fahy rode the winner for Eve Johnson Houghton.

Those with winning form at Brighton prevailed in the seven furlong handicap. Just Isla, on the far rail, fought out the last furlong with Darnathean (11/4) in the centre until the latter pulled away in the last fifty yards to score by a length and a half. Welsh Inlet ran her usual solid race in third. Paul d'Arcy trained the winner and Luke Morris was in the saddle.

There were joint favourites in the five-runner five furlong finale but it was the 8/1 outsider, Spider Lily, who came from last to first off under Declan Bates. Peter Makin's three-year-old filly benefited from what appeared to be a fast early pace, and after she hit the front a furlong out she ran on strongly to finish over three lengths clear of Johnny Splash. Watch out for her running again soon.

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Jim Beavis