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Race Meeting Report - 5 August 2015

Wed, Aug 5, 2015

The Brighton Festival got under way on an afternoon with pleasant sunny spells and good going, good to firm in places. It was memorable for trainer Tony Carroll, who had four winners.

Punters suffered a bad start in the 5f nursery that opened the meeting with the front-running odds-on favourite Bochart two lengths clear with a furlong to go, only to be caught on the line by the 16/1 outsider of four Ojai. Chris Catlin rode the short head winner for Dean Ivory.

Five runners from top yards took part in the 7f maiden for two-year-olds. It was Charlie Appleby's Mansfield, at 10/1 the less fancied of the Godolphin pair, who took the lead on the outside two out and was driven to a six length victory by Adam Kirby. Start Time made some late progress to finish second.

A 1m4f seller came next. The 5/2 favourite Easydoesit won despite being amongst the back markers and with Adam Kirby having to stoke him along from halfway, with no immediate effect. Suddenly coming down the hill he came on the bridle, breezed through the field and led a furlong and a half out. Kirby, who was completing a double, rode him out all the way to the line and the Tony Carroll-trained seven-year-old finished over three lengths ahead of Petrify. There was no bid for the winner.

Pyrocumulus (5/1) was slightly slow away from the start of the historic Brighton Mile, but that isn't unusual for him. Jim Crowley brought him from the rear to hit the front in the last fifty yards, depriving the gallant Pick A Little, who had rallied to lead after looking beat in the dip. The winner, another trained by Tony Carroll, was scoring for the sixth time, no mean feat for a three-year-old handicapper.

Queen Aggie (14/1), who went down early to the start of the 7f fillies' handicap, completed a treble for Tony Carroll. George Downing was the pilot this time, wearing the same colours as the winner of the Brighton Mile. He brought the mare on the outside to lead with 150 yards to go. She finished a length and a quarter ahead of First Experience.

The favourite to be the next champion jockey, Silvestre De Sousa, rode Weardiditallgorong (5/1) for trainer Des Donovan in the 1m2f handicap. After going nicely in midfield he needed strong driving coming out of the dip but took the lead a furlong out and then drew almost four lengths clear. Hermosa Vaquera, always prominent, plugged on well for second.

The finale was a 6f handicap in which Essaka (6/1) completed Tony Carroll's quartet of triumphs here today. It was the horse's first run since being gelded and his first for this yard. It was a good performance, as he was denied a clear run twice before leading a furlong out and powering on under Jim Crowley for a three length win over Lady Zodiac.

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Jim Beavis