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Race Meeting Report - 5 July 2016

Tue, Jul 5, 2016

The last Brighton evening meeting of the season was held under sunny skies. The going was good, good to firm in places.

The first race was a 6f seller. It was run at a good pace and two veterans came from the back to fight out the finish. On the rail nine-year-old Indus Valley (9/1) took the lead a furlong out and was promptly challenged by the grey ten-year-old Time Medicean, who momentarily got his nose in front but lost out by a neck. Kieren Fox rode the winner for Epsom trainer Lee Carter. There was no bid for him at the auction.

There was little opposition in the market to Hugo Palmer's Frankel colt Majoris (5/6 fav) in the 7f two-year-old maiden. Initially held up by Jim Crowley, he had to be stoked up coming out of the dip and took a while to get into top gear, but coming into the final half furlong he was clearly going much the best. He finished three quarters of a length ahead of Fortune Of War in a manner suggesting there is more to come.

Shane Kelly, riding Nigel (7/2), repeated the front-running tactics that enabled him to win here a month ago. Stepping up to 1m4f proved no obstacle for the Richard Hughes-trained four-year-old, as he pulled out more when Rose Above closed in the last furlong and was able to hold on by a neck. The local favourite Roy Rocket never really threatened today.

The mile handicap produced another all-the-way winner. Admirable Art (4/1) was being rowed along by Adam Kirby three out but responded well and was three lengths up going into the final furlong. Though he understandably tied up in the closing stages he still had a length to spare over African Showgirl as they passed the post. Tony Carroll's durable gelding was scoring for the seventh time.

The fifth race was a handicap for fillies over 7f. Riding Pacolita (5/2 fav) for Sylvester Kirk, Eddie Greatrex had to wait and wait for a gap to appear, but a furlong out it did. His filly, who has four distinctive white stockings, went through willingly and ran on well for a comfortable length and a half victory over One Big Surprise.

In the 7f handicap Frank Bridge (5/2 fav) followed up a recent success on the course in great style, quickening well approaching the final furlong to take the lead off Harmony Bay. In doing so he veered from the centre of the track over to the far rail and badly interfered with the runner-up. Eve Johnson Houghton's improving three-year-old finished a length and three quarters ahead, which could have been more, and the inevitable stewards' enquiry ruled that the winner was so clearly on top the placings should not be altered.

Fang (11/4) made all the running under Sean Levey to win the finale, a 6f handicap, by two and a half lengths. He had been dropped in class by his trainer Brian Meehan. The favourite, Verne Castle, threw away his chance by pulling very hard and when his challenge on the rail petered out it was left to the rank outsider Chandresh to spoil the forecast bets by taking second place.

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Jim Beavis