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Race Meeting Report - 14 September 2015

Mon, Sep 14, 2015

Autumn had arrived for this afternoon's meeting, in the form of sunshine and showers and a considerable wind at times blowing against the runners in the home straight. The going was generally good, but conditions appeared to suit horses who liked soft ground.

Punters who ignored the first race, a 7f maiden for two-year-olds, did the right thing, for a 25/1 shot led home a 12/1. Jonathan Portman's Pinch A Kiss, whose best form was in her first two runs in May, was brought by Ryan Clark to challenge over a furlong out. She saw off the favourite in determined fashion. Lady Rocka ran on late to take second, a length and a quarter away.

A 1m2f seller for apprentice jockeys came next. When Roly Tricks (10/1) went clear three out the race was effectively over. She galloped on to win by eight lengths from Young Jackie with the rest of the field a further15 behind. Paddy Pilley rode the filly for Natalie Lloyd-Beavis, for whom it was a first success at Brighton.

The first division of the 1m4f handicap went to Hermosa Vaquera (9/1), having her fourth run since moving to Gary Moore's stable. She'd run well here before and today notched her first victory on the flat in great style, moving to the front over half a mile out and soon going clear under Hector Crouch. She had ten lengths to spare over the staying-on Sakhra.

Flutterbee (4/1) had won here before and repeated the feat in the second division, making smooth progress through the field until having to fight hard to take the lead with 150 yards to go. Liam Keniry rode her for trainer George Baker. Finishing almost four lengths behind was King's Concerto, a runner-up here last week. Fourteen-year-old Megalala made most of the running and ran well to finish third over a distance greater than his optimum.

In the mile handicap it was the jockey called George Baker who triumphed. He rode William Knight's Bloodsweatandtears (4/1 fav), twice a course and distance winner, including this very race two years ago. Held up until coming very wide into the straight, he ran on with great gusto to draw five lengths ahead of Hawk Moth.

The 7f handicap was plain sailing for yet another course and distance winner, Good Luck Charm (9/4 fav), whose success completed doubles for Gary Moore and his rider George Baker. This was another hold-up horse taken wide for a run, and once he hit the front inside the final furlong he strolled to a seven length win over Mendacious Harpy.

For the last two races the rain-softened ground meant the stands side became the preferred route in the home straight. The John Jenkins-trained Great Expectations (12/1), closest of all to the rail, won the 6f handicap coming from off the pace to lead with 75 yards to go, beating Ginzan by three quarters of a length. Fergus Sweeney rode the winner, and he took the last as well on Perfect Pastime (9/1). In that 5f event he plotted a similar route on Jim Boyle's seven-year-old, sprinting along the rail to lead half a furlong out and finishing two lengths ahead of Ecliptic Sunrise at the post.

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Jim Beavis