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Race Meeting Report - 15 October 2015

Fri, Oct 16, 2015

The final meeting of the season was held on a mainly cloudy afternoon in which the rain held off most of the time. The going was good to soft. It was a good day for front runners.

The opening race was for two-year-old maidens over 6f. Chempedak Bay made the running till a furlong and a half out, when Jan Steen (2/1 fav) took over, only to hang in towards the rail. Oisin Murphy switched his whip to his left hand to avoid the risk of causing interference and the Denis Coakley gelding ran on to an emphatic three length win.

A very open 6f handicap went to Steph Hollinshead's game filly Spirit Of Rosanna (11/2), who led until a furlong and a half out and then fought back to regain the initiative from Arizona Snow inside the final furlong, going on to win by a length. The successful jockey was Adam Beschizza, who recently had two high-profile triumphs in the Cambridgeshire and the Cesarewitch.

From the Richard Hannon stable, Albe Back (2/1) made all to win the one mile maiden for two-year-olds, ridden by the season's leading apprentice Tom Marquand. Despite hanging right in the penultimate furlong he was three quarters of a length in front of Regality.

In the 1m2f handicap Natalie Lloyd-Beavis's Roly Tricks (9/2 jt fav), ridden by Paddy Pilley, combined successfully for their third course and distance win from three attempts. She was brought from a midfield position to lead at the bottom of the hill and stayed on resolutely. Finishing in second place, a length and a quarter away, was Loving Your Work. The veteran Megalala was up in the firing line most of the way and finished fourth.

There was drama at the start of the first division of the mile handicap when the favourite Two Sugars refused to enter the stalls. Then Cockle Town Boy reared up as they opened, with a stalls handler catching his jockey as he fell out of the back of them. The horse ran loose ahead of the field, colliding with the rail at one point and causing a little trouble for the front runners in the straight. The Michael Appleby-trained Bunker Hill Lass (8/1) hit the front 150 yards out and Jane Elliott made her personal record at the course 2-2 by piloting her to a neck victory over the fast-finishing Knight Of The Air.

Golden Wedding (8/1) was a convincing winner of the second division for Eve Johnson Houghton and Dane O'Neill, coming through with a furlong and a half to go and keeping on well to score by two lengths from course regular Byrd In Hand.

Seeking a five-timer, French Press bid to make all the running in the 7f handicap but might have gone off a fraction too fast, as Winning Hunter (25/1) was able to collar him in the last hundred yards. Martin Harley rode the half length winner for Chris Wall.

The last race of Brighton's season was a 5f handicap. Mick Channon's confirmed front-runner King Crimson (22/1) succeeded with his customary tactics. Charles Bishop rode him to a length and a quarter win over Indian Tinker, who was always in hot pursuit but could never quite get on terms.

Racing resumes here on the evening of Tuesday 19 April.

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Jim Beavis