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Race Meeting Report - 8 September 2014

Mon, Sep 8, 2014

The going was good, good to firm in places on this pleasant sunny afternoon.

Birdie Queen (6/1) added to her course and distance win in July by making all the running under Hector Crouch in the six furlong fillies' handicap. After setting a red-hot pace till the two pole she started tiring, but Ginzan couldn't get past her and Gary Moore's filly kept on well to win by two and a quarter lengths. Poetic Choice, who had been boxed in, grabbed second on the line.

The most experienced of the two-year-old maidens won the next, over seven furlongs. Fieldsman (11/8 fav), ridden by George Baker, led all the way. He increased his lead to three lengths with a quarter of a mile to go and the debutant Shakopee was the only one who could stay remotely in contention. The Ed Dunlop-trained winner was a length and three quarters in front at the line with the others well strung out behind.

Bayleyf (3/1) followed up last week's course and distance win in the seven furlong handicap, with Stevie Donohoe again riding for Lee Carter. He was another to make all the running, getting everything else off the bridle some way out and going well clear a furlong out. Waseem Faris ran on late to finish second, four and a half lengths in arrears.

This Is The Day (7/1) took the mile and a quarter handicap, ridden by Frederik Tylicki. She and Hesbaan had a brief tussle for the lead from the furlong pole but This Is The Day asserted her authority in convincing style and won by almost four lengths with three lengths back to the others. This was Newmarket trainer Charlie Fellowes's first win at Brighton.

Snow Conditions (7/1) won the next, over a mile and a half. She led soon after the start and without being asked a question had her opponents hard at work three out. Shaken up, she galloped five lengths clear but tired in the last furlong, when Hallouella got to within a length. This was the second leg of a double for George Baker, with Philip Hide the successful trainer.

Most of the field were in line coming out of the dip in the mile handicap, when Pelagian (8/1) took a narrow lead under Steve Drowne. He came up the centre, with a loose horse for company, and ground out a length and three quarters victory over Ding Ding. Michael Attwater trains the winner at Epsom.

The last was a one mile handicap for apprentices. The leaders seemed to go off fast and when they came back to the field we were set for a good finish. The Patrick Chamings-trained Thomas Blossom (7/1), who benefited from a strong ride from Rob Hornby, poked his nose in front with fifty yards to go and scored by three quarters of a length from the reluctant-looking Tax Reform.

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