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Race Meeting Report - 7 July 2015

Tue, Jul 7, 2015

This evening's meeting took place in sunny, blustery conditions. The going was good to firm, good in places. The racing was particularly exciting, with the lead changing hands in the last half furlong in six of the seven races.

We started with a 6f selling handicap. The field was well grouped for most of the way. Tim Clark produced Gypsy Rider (4/1), a course winner who ran respectably in a non-seller here last month, to lead on the outside well into the last half furlong. A length and a half behind, Picansort came out best in a blanket finish for the minor places. There was no bid for the winner. Lambourn trainer Henry Tett only has a few horses and this was his first winner at Brighton.

Decisive got a flyer in the next, also over 6f, and looked like making all the running. However, Josephine Gordon brought course and distance winner Jimmy's Hall (8/1) to catch the leader in the last 50 yards. Stan Moore's charge won by a neck. It was the jockey's third career winner, and her first at Brighton.

The 7f maiden for two-year-olds appeared to be a banker for Street Duel, but after going to the front two out the 1/4 favourite had no answer to the running-on Indrapura (8/1). George Baker's mount took the lead with a hundred yards to go and won comfortably by a length and three quarters. Paul Cole trained the winner.

They went a very steady gallop in the 1m4f handicap before speeding up from the bottom of the hill. The Andrew Balding-trained Cape Victoria (9/4 fav) didn't have a clear run in the penultimate furlong, but once angled out and straightened up by Eddie Greatrex she ran on gamely to collar Precision Five in the last few strides. The winning distance was a nose.

John Spearing often brings Hawk Moth (11/1) to Brighton and he won tonight's one mile handicap in determined style. He weaved through his rivals to come to the front a furlong and a half out, only for Knight Of The Air to join him immediately on the outside. Despite the latter leaning on him he battled on gamely with maximum assistance from Luke Morris in the saddle, taking a narrow lead half a furlong out and winning by a neck, with the others well behind.

The penultimate race was over 7f. Juventas (3/1 jt fav) made all over this course and distance last week and won again tonight, but this time Paddy Pilley chose to settle in second behind the trailblazing Birdie Queen until she faded in the last furlong. Though Juventas was promptly challenged by Sixties Love Mick Channon's three-year-old filly held on well and had a little more up her sleeve than the half length verdict suggests.

They went plenty fast enough in the finale, also over 7f. The George Baker-trained Flutterbee (16/1) won, coming from a detached last place at halfway. She was still last with a furlong and a half left. Pat Cosgrave never gave up and brought her on the outside to deny the 50/1 shot Solveig's Song in the last few strides. The runner-up, who herself had only taken the lead with a hundred yards to go, went down by a neck. The forecast paid 380/1 on the Tote and 543/1 with the bookies.

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Jim Beavis