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Race Meeting Report - 2 June 2015

Sun, Jun 7, 2015

The going was soft in the straight and good to soft elsewhere on this mainly wet and windy afternoon. The meeting survived an inspection half an hour before the first race. Visibility was very poor at the outset but improved during races 2-4 before closing in again for the fifth and then finally clearing up.

Given the poor viewing conditions it was appropriate that Jamie Osborne's debutante Mirage (7/2) took the first, a 6 furlong maiden for two-year-olds. Slowly away and chased along early, the next we saw of her was when she and Jamie Spencer shot past her rivals at the half-furlong pole. In second place, three quarters of a length behind, was Cuppatee.

The first division of the 7 furlong handicap was won by Medicean Melody (9/2), who took the lead off the front-running Spirit In Time in the last hundred yards. David Simcock's filly had a length and a quarter in hand at the line. Jim Crowley had brought her closest to the stands rails, so often the best place to be when the ground is soft.

The second division went to Eve Johnson Houghton's Miss Inga Sock (5/2) who, after a good battle with Blackadder, got on top with fifty yards to go and strode on to a three-quarters of a length victory under George Downing.

Sarangoo (9/4 jt favourite), only just denied three days ago at Chepstow when breaking fast and leading until the last few strides, made amends in no uncertain terms today in the 7 furlong fillies' handicap. Cathy Gannon made all the running on Malcolm Saunders's mare and, having bagged the stands rail and fought off the opposition, she pulled nine lengths clear in the final furlong. Pretty Bubbles finished second.

Another sea fret came in and even with the TV cameras very little was seen of the 1m 2f handicap. Commentator Simon Holt speculated poetically and humorously about what might be going on until Silver Alliance (10/1) emerged from the gloom with half a furlong to go, hacking up from Dana's Present by six lengths. Adam Beschizza rode the winner for Julia Feilden.

Thirteen times a winner, Highlife Dancer (4/1) came out on top in the next 1m 2f handicap, in which the field stuck to the far side. He took the lead two out and showed great determination to hold off Lindsay's Dream by a head. Mick Channon's stable veteran was skilfully handled by his apprentice Paddy Pilley.

Through the mile handicap they used all parts of the track in order to find the best ground. Black Caesar set a strong gallop but ran out of steam coming up the hill. Live Dangerously (20/1), who had always been second or third, nipped past in the last half furlong to win by a length. This was one for the John Bridger-William Carson team.

A 5 furlong dash brought the card to its conclusion. All were in with a chance two out but it was the 21-race maiden Ecliptic Sunrise (8/1) who travelled best and took the lead at the furlong pole. Ridden out by David Probert, she ran on well for a two and a half length victory over Archie Stevens. It was trainer Des Donovan's first Brighton winner for over four years.

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Jim Beavis