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Race Meeting Report - 6 August 2015

Thu, Aug 6, 2015

The sunny periods increased as the second day of the Brighton Festival meeting went on. The going was good to firm, good in places. Usually course form is a big advantage here, but none of today's winners had done won here before.

For the second day in a row the first race featured a great finish and the outsider of the field winning. Gentleman (11/2), a clear last of the five with a furlong to go, then galloped on remorselessly on the wide outside to take the lead off Ada Lovelace about 30 yards from the post. Phil McEntee's quirky charge had been taken down early to the 5f start by Charlotte Jenner. Remarkably, the four beaten horses were all sent off as 3/1 co-favourites.

Many had chances coming up the straight in the 7f seller but a decisive burst from Indus Valley (6/1) with 150 yards to go was enough to secure the horse's first win on turf since 2009. World Record ran on late to get to within a neck. Stevie Donohoe rode the winner for Epsom trainer Lee Carter.

James Tate's decision to run Mirsaalah (2/7 fav) in the one mile two-year-old maiden four days after finishing second at Chepstow paid dividends, as the filly led all the way. Two lengths clear coming down the hill, she quickly doubled that when Jim Crowley asked her to accelerate out of the dip. Ultimately she won by six lengths from Masterson.

Mark Johnston usually does well at this meeting and his only runner today was in the 1m4f Brighton Challenge Cup. Nicky Mackay was at work on Mister Rockandroll (5/2) for some time before the furlong pole, when he at last wore down the long-time leader Ifan. He went two or three lengths ahead before idling at the very end, allowing Snowmane to reduce the deficit to one length.

Of the six who ran in the 1m2f fillies' handicap, five were sent off at 5/1 or less and they were all involved in the exciting finish. Cornish Path led till a furlong out. Phyllis Maud challenged but was short of room on the rail, and by the time she squeezed through Hoorayforhollywood passed them both. That one was promptly overtaken on the outside by Sequester (5/1). This David Lanigan-trained filly had been going well coming down the hill and George Baker took her into the lead with 75 yards to go. Shasag ran on last of all to take second, beaten half a length.

The mile handicap looked a wide open affair and Roxy Lane (16/1) improved on her modest course form this year, taking the lead up the centre a furlong out and keeping on well for a length and three quarter success over Pendo. Her jockey Ciaran McKee has ridden eight winners in all but three have been in the last week. Surprisingly this was trainer Peter Hiatt's first Brighton success for four years.

The day ended as it began, with the outsider of the field triumphing. The last race, over 1m2f, was confined to lady amateur riders. Supa Seeker (11/1), ridden by Joanna Mason, dashed through on the inside with just over a furlong to go and despite tiring held on by half a length from Kittens Red. He is trained by Tony Carroll, who had four winners here yesterday.

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