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Fri, Apr 10, 2015

BACK RACING ON THE HILL
Welcome back for a new season at Brighton where 21 meetings will take us through until mid-October. For the first time since 1995 our summer season will include two meetings consisting of three days racing during the August holidays.

HUGHES TO BOW OUT WITH FOURTH TITLE
Richard Hughes was leading rider here in 2014 with 15 winners from 47 rides. The champion jockey retires from the saddle at the end of this season so take every opportunity to admire his artistry. He will be desperate to retain the national title for a fourth consecutive year but with the championship running from only May 2 - October 17 the like of Ryan Moore and William Buick will be amongst those best placed to push ‘Hughsie' all the way. Maybe our final fixture on October 15 will prove pivotal.

CATHY AND JENNY TO SHINE
Cathy Gannon, Britians most successful female jockey behind Hayley Turner, is back at Brighton this year. Having missed all of 2014 through injury following a Salisbury fall she was last seen here winning aboard Ficelle for Ron Harris in October 2013. I feel sure Cathy will soon be adding to her fine course record.
Look out also for Jenny Powell who opened her winning account on this track last September aboard Anginola and is expected to enjoy a great deal of success.

SUSSEX TRAINERS UP FOR THE CUP
Trainers from Sussex will be searching for a third consecutive win in the Brighton Challenge Cup come Ladies Day in August. William Knight's course specialist Beacon Lady and Barwick from the yard of the late Lady Herries have taken the latest two renewals with both horses housed at the Angmering Park estate.
At this early stage I shall pinpoint Echo Brava, third in 2014 for Billingshurst handler Luke Dace, as the likely winner and so clinch a hat-trick for local handlers.

MILE PRIZE TO GO NORTH AGAIN?
Trainer Mark Johnston loves his raids on the south coast and nothing more than to take the John Smith's Brighton Mile Challenge Trophy back to his Yorkshire base. Look out for his entries in the August renewal as he seeks to emulate gains made by My Gacho (2009), Licence To Till (dead heated in 2010) and Party Royal two years ago.
Leading trainers last year were John Bridger and Richard Hannon with nine wins apiece.

BRIGHTON MEMORIES...
A.P. McCoy came here in 2002 to win on Ian Balding's Thundergod in a six furlong dash for jump jockeys.

The first of 47 course wins for Frankie Dettori came on the Luca Cumani trained Know All in 1987.

It was 15 years later in 2002 that Ryan Moore steered Madrasee to victory for a first win on his home patch- 87 is the tally now.

William Buick made his British racecourse debut in 2006 finishing second on Tiny Tim in a seller.

TRYSTER GOING PLACES
A great moment from last year was the sight of Tryster winning his maiden in such emphatic fashion with Adam Kirby sporting the Godolphin royal blue silks. The four-year-old will race on turf this summer although not at Brighton and most likely in Group company at Royal Ascot. This is after his five-timer on sand during the winter culminating in a brilliant display at Lingfield on Good Friday.

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Phil Grimstone