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Race Meeting Report - 6 June 2016

Tue, Jun 7, 2016

Another Brighton meeting on a sunny warm day! The going was good to firm, firm in places, and front runners were in their element.

The first race was for two-year-olds, over six furlongs. Most punters had a run for their money, as five of the eight runners were in line with half a furlong to go. It was Spirit of Sarwan (9/1), who had been scrubbed along by Adam Beschizza to no immediate effect for some time, who finished best of all on the outside. In the end he was quite a comfortable one length winner from Bayston Hill for Julia Feilden's Newmarket stable.

Soaring Spirits (9/4 fav), who attempted to make all here last week over 7f, was dropped back a furlong in distance today by his trainer Dean Ivory and duly led from pillar to post. Robert Winston had to get serious with him a furlong out to see off Commanche but from there he ran on strongly to score by two and a half lengths. Having his first run in this country, Bounty Pursuit finished second.

Shane Kelly made the running on Richard Hughes's Nigel (9/4) in the 1m2f handicap and, having enjoyed an uncontested lead, had his opponents in trouble approaching the dip. Despite drifting off the rail and thus giving some encouragement to the recent course winner Lord Reason, he kept on well to lose his maiden tag at the tenth attempt by two and a quarter lengths.

Four went to post for the 1m4f handicap, and the outcome was another success for a front-runner. This was course-and-distance scorer Knight Music (6/4 jt fav), ridden by Robert Havlin for Epsom trainer Michael Attwater. Coming up the straight the winner was harried all the way to the line by the joint favourite Steppe Daughter, where she had got to within a short head.

A short-priced Sir Mark Prescott-trained three-year-old was the obvious choice in the fifth race, a 1m2f handicap, but he finished well behind Lady Rocka (12/1), from Amanda Perrett's Pulborough stable. The combination of fast ground and first-time blinkers did the trick, and though making little progress under Jim Crowley in the penultimate furlong, she stayed on strongly in the final one to win by a length and three quarters from a group headed by French Legend.

The one mile fillies' handicap went to Bay Of St Malo (9/1), who took the lead a furlong and a half out and soon put two and a half lengths between herself and her rivals. Kieran O'Neill rode her for Richard Hannon. Carpe Diem Lady, who lost ground when rearing up when the stalls opened, kept on well for second.

The last race was for apprentice jockeys, over 7f. A faller early on did not affect Ettie Hart (11/2), who Killian Hennessey had kicked into an early lead. They were three clear at halfway and had most of the opposition struggling. Ashford Island came out of the pack to challenge the leader, but she found a bit more and hung on by half a length. It was another success with a filly for Mick Channon; three of his others had landed valuable prizes in three countries over the weekend.

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Jim Beavis