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Race Meeting Report - 7 August 2015

Fri, Aug 7, 2015

The third day of the Brighton Festival was sunny and warm, with good to firm going. There were doubles for Adam Kirby and Jim Crowley.

The programme began with a 6f maiden for two-year-olds. Fast Enough (2/1), trained by Saeed bin Surroor, is one of Godolphin's lesser lights but once he took the lead from Rosy Morning inside the last quarter of a mile the result was not in doubt. Despite showing a few signs of greenness he went on to a three and a quarter length victory under Kevin Stott, whose first ride at Brighton was a winning one.

Three furlongs from the end of the 1m4f handicap, a great cheer went up when the popular grey Roy Rocket began his run from the rear of the field. Today he wasn't good enough to get past the pacesetting Cameley Dawn, or the well-backed Callendula (5/2 in the morning down to 11/8 fav), who Adam Kirby drove into the lead a furlong and a half out. The Clive Cox-trained filly stayed on well to score by almost three lengths.

Turned out quickly by Ali Stronge after a Nottingham win four days ago, Agent Gibbs (11/10 fav) gave his supporters no cause for alarm in the 1m2f handicap, running second until taking the lead at the bottom of the hill and coming right away for a seven length win over Gamesters Lad. He may reappear at Lingfield on Tuesday. Jockey Cam Hardie was breaking a run of 39 consecutive losing rides here.

The other 1m2f handicap was reduced to three runners and Luca Cumani's Fiesole (2/5 fav) made all the running, though not without controversy. Tiring in the last furlong, he edged over to the far rail and forced Pensionnat to switch in order to continue his challenge. Adam Kirby rode the favourite out to win by a length and a quarter, but picked up a suspension as a result of the stewards' inquiry.

Tony Carroll's great run of success continued with his sixth winner in three days, Pour La Victoire (13/2) in the 6f Brighton Bullet. Fourth of five here yesterday over 5f, though with plenty of form over longer distances, this three-time course winner benefited from the strong pace. Sixth with a furlong to go, he ran on well to lead inside the last 50 yards. However, under a right hand drive from George Downing he had crossed from the centre of the course to one off the far rail, doing some of his opponents no favours. The half-length runner-up, Storm Lightning, was not impeded. The stewards' inquiry decided to let the result stand.

The winner of two of his three races to date, Star Asset, was the obvious choice in the 7f handicap and he won like a 4/6 favourite should. In midfield at halfway, he made up ground two out and hit the front with a furlong to go, coming three lengths clear with ease. Port Lairge (3-6 at Brighton before) finished an honourable second to the Michael Wigham-trained winner, who has further improvement in him. Jim Crowley, who had been riding at Lingfield earlier in the afternoon, was the successful jockey.

A brisk pace was set in the 5f finale, which suited Picansort (9/4 fav), who a few years ago had good form in much stronger company. Jim Crowley brought him wide and late for a comfortable length and a half win over Trending. All eight of his previous wins had been on the all-weather. This was a welcome change of fortune for his Epsom-based trainer Peter Crate, who had been 290 days without a winner.

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