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Race Meeting Report - 3 May 2016

Tue, May 3, 2016

Today was a sunnier and more springlike afternoon than of late. The going was good.

The first race, as usual at this time of year, was for two-year-olds over 5f. Last week's winner Assassinate was no match for Tomily (4/11 fav), who after being shaken up by Tom Marquand two out quickly established his superiority. Richard Hannon's colt was unextended to score by six lengths.

Fear Or Favour (5/2 fav) was out of form last year, but Clive Cox had revitalised him enough to scrape home in the 6f handicap. His jockey Adam Kirby had to apply maximum pressure to overhaul the pacesetting Jaywalker half a furlong out and win by a neck.

Ice Slice (5/2 fav), a narrow winner here two weeks ago for trainer James Eustace and jockey Ryan Tate, did even better today. In the 1m handicap he made all the running, kicking on at the foot of the hill to go clear and take the race comfortably. Mariee was flattered to finish as close as four lengths away.

None of the seven runners in the 1m4f handicap could be lightly dismissed, as could be seen from their starting prices all being between 7/2 and 8/1. The field was still closely bunched two out, when John Egan encouraged Hatsaway (9/2) to go through a gap and soon afterwards take the lead. Flutterbee ran on well in the final furlong but failed by a head to peg back the winner, who was having his second run for Epsom trainer Pat Phelan.

One of the new apprentice finds, George Wood, achieved his first Brighton winner aboard the three-year-old filly Hint Of Grey (10/1) in the 1m2f classified stakes. She had shown no form in three races over shorter distances but here she stayed on strongly to lead with 75 yards to go. This was Newmarket trainer Don Cantillon's first Brighton victory for over five years. The 36-race maiden Tamujin ran on to take second, two lengths in arrears.

Hopefully Hawk Moth's followers, who saw him finish third here last week, recouped losses today with his 5/1 success in the 7f handicap. John Spearing's course regular was almost last with a furlong and a half left but Luke Morris brought him with a great run on the outside to hit the front inside the last 50 yards and win, going away, by half a length from Deluxe.

Messrs Spearing and Morris struck again with another Brighton regular, Whitecrest (7/1), in the 5f handicap. Last week he stayed on at the end of a similar contest to finish fourth, but today he was stoked up early enough to get into top gear in the last furlong. With less than 50 yards to go he took the lead and came home a length ahead of Secret Millionaire.

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