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Race Meeting Report - 6 October 2015

Tue, Oct 6, 2015

The going was soft after heavy rain the day before, and more arrived after the fourth race. The stands rail was the place to aim for when turning for home, though a blustery wind made it difficult to keep a straight line coming up the hill.

The first was a 7f maiden for two-year-olds and the form horse, Art Echo (6/5 fav), led throughout to provide trainer Jonathan Portman and jockey Ryan Clark with a three length win. Ede's The Mover stayed on late to be a never-nearer second.

Division one of the 7f nursery went to Secret Ambition (5/2 fav), a typically game Mark Johnston runner. He shared the lead until headed by Mrs Bojangles inside the final furlong, but with the vigorous assistance of Frederik Tylicki in the saddle he regained the initiative in the closing strides to win by a head.

A recent addition to the Charlie Fellowes stable, City Of Stars (9/4), won the second division, despite being fourth of the five runners a furlong out. Stevie Donohoe then steered him through a gap near the stands rail and he stayed on strongly, scooting past Touch Of Color in the last 50 yards to score by three quarters of a length. The third horse, Multigifted, was unlucky not to finish closer.

The 6f maiden for two-year-olds resulted in a win for Saeed bin Suroor's Ebtihaal (7/4 fav). Dane O'Neill tried to nurse him home without recourse to the whip after taking a narrow lead a furlong out, but in the end he had to use it to see off Prince of Arran. Then, though drifting left Ebtihaal ran on well and he was a worthy winner, finishing a length and three quarters ahead.

The conditions of the 1m4f apprentices' handicap meant that the riders could not use their whips to ask for extra effort. The fourteen-year-old Megalala (7/1) needed no such encouragement, making all the running. He and Hermosa Vaquera had the race to themselves from halfway and though they both tired in the last furlong, John Bridger's veteran refused to be passed and was a short head in front at the winning post. This was his 8th win at Brighton and his 19th in all. Chris Meehan was registering the 8th winner of his riding career.

From the Natalie Lloyd-Beavis yard, Roly Tricks (10/1) was a wide-margin winner with Paddy Pilley on board in similar conditions here last month, and she repeated the performance in today's 1m2f handicap. Close to the lead early on, she moved to the front with over three furlongs to go and, sticking to the stands rail, came home six lengths ahead of Highlife Dancer.

Similar tactics worked in the 1m handicap for the Mick Quinn-trained World Record (5/1), who William Carson had in a prominent position before taking the lead half a mile out and then bagging the stands rail. Two Sugars challenged until the last furlong but the leader was always in control. Pendo ran on late to finish a one length second.

The last race was a 6f dash, in which they chose to stay away from the stands side. Zebs Lad appeared to have taken a decisive lead coming out of the dip but with half a furlong left he was overhauled by Tancred (10/1), a course and distance winner with soft ground form. Liam Keniry rode him to a one length win for trainer Conor Dore.

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Jim Beavis