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Race Meeting Report - 23 June 2015

Tue, Jun 23, 2015

After recent rain the going was good for this afternoon's meeting.

The 9/4 favourite Black Caesar, twice second here recently, went one better in the 6f handicap that opened the card. He had to wait almost as far as the furlong marker for a gap to appear, but readily accelerated to score by a length and a half. Jim Crowley was riding for Philip Hide. The 50/1 shot Kylies Wild Card scuppered most forecast bets.

The William Jarvis-trained debutant Quick Look (16/1) showed his immaturity in the paddock before the 6f race for two-year-olds by whinnying to his friends. However, in the race itself he responded well to pressure from David Probert and got the better of the favourite Al Dallah in the last hundred yards to win by a length and a quarter.

Raiders from Mark Johnston's North Yorkshire yard should be treated with respect and so it proved with Midlander, who was backed down to 3/1 from double those odds in the morning. Franny Norton, who had driven five hours for this solitary ride, had him in front all the way and he just lasted home from Indian Tinker, the margin of victory being a nose.

Roy Rocket attempted to make it four wins out of five this season in the 1m2f handicap but his trademark run on the outside from the back of the field was not good enough to thwart Tempuran (33/1). This horse, trained by David Bridgwater, was already a winner on the flat and over hurdles and fences. He was ridden by Jenny Powell, who kept to the inside and drove him into the lead inside the last furlong.

The first division of the mile handicap went to course and distance winner Rockie Road (100/30), trained by Mick Quinn and ridden by William Carson. Taking the lead three out, he went two or three lengths clear before starting to tire in the closing stages. Nevertheless he still had three quarters of a length in hand of Elle Rebelle passing the post.

In the second division Jim Crowley rode another winner. He was aboard Malih (9/2), who was one of the pair that overhauled the enterprisingly-ridden Byrd In Hand with half a furlong to go. Under a strong drive Eric Wheeler's five-year-old proved half a length too good for El Duque.

In the 7f handicap Dylan's Storm (9/2) built on an improved performance last week, running third until Fergus Sweeney asked him to quicken coming out of the dip. He took the lead a furlong out and from there ran on well for a clear cut three length victory over Fairy Mist. David Dennis's relatively unexposed three-year-old may well be able to follow up.

The finale, over a mile and a half, was the first amateur riders race at Brighton not confined to ladies since 2004. Harry Bannister was hard at work on Indian Scout (20/1) fully three out, but his persistence paid off as the horse stayed on dourly to take the lead with 150 yards to go. He then scooted clear and finished a length and three quarters ahead of the fast-finishing Snow Conditions. Anabel K Murphy was the winning trainer.

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