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Race Meeting Report - 5 August 2016

Fri, Aug 5, 2016

Another good crowd turned out for the third day of the Brighton Festival, which was sunny and warm, with good going, good to firm in places.

Like yesterday, many placepots went down in the first. The 4/11 favourite folded tamely to finish out of the first two in the five-runner opener, over six furlongs. Improving greatly from his debut, Andrew Balding's Hidden Stash (7/2) was driven by Liam Keniry to lead a furlong and a half out and was in command from there, winning by four and a half lengths from Rebel Heart.

There was a Sir Mark Prescott hotpot in the second, over 1m4f. Once Cliff Face (1/7 fav) took the lead inside the final three furlongs, her jockey Luke Morris exerted himself more than she did, as he looked round for non-existent dangers. She came in almost four lengths ahead of Zarawi and will surely be turned out again soon before the handicapper reassesses her.

Form figures 2322 indicated Go On Gal was sure to be placed in the 1m2f handicap. She was made favourite but found one too good, coming with a great run from the rear of the field that failed by a head to nab Becca Campbell (9/2). Jim Crowley had been hard at work on the latter from two out, yet she hit the front with a hundred yards to go and stuck her neck out to defy the late challenger. The winner maintains the fine form of the Eve Johnson Houghton yard.

Another 1m2f handicap followed, in which the favourite Melabi, being held up at the back of the field, did his chances no good by running too keenly mid-race. Meanwhile Jim Crowley had his main market rival, Amanda Perrett's course winner Frozen Force (13/8) going nicely behind the pacesetter and once he took over a quarter of a mile out the race was in safe keeping. This two length victory over Melabi was the horse's fourth win of the year.

The 6f Brighton Bullet, run in memory of Harry Bloom, revolved round the performance of the course regular Pour La Victoire, and for a moment a furlong out he looked like succeeding. However, Vincentti (5/1), who had come from last to second at Salisbury on Tuesday, used the same tactics today and went one better. Raul de Silva brought him through the field to grab the lead off Summer Chorus in the last 50 yards and triumph by half a length. It was the fourth time the winner of this race had come from Ron Harris's Monmouthshire yard.

Frank Bridge was in great form coming into the 7f handicap but ran well below that level today. Sarmadee (7/1) was another to come from last to first, foiling Baltic Prince's bold attempt to lead all the way by collaring him in the final few strides. Killian Hennessy rode him for Mick Channon. The winning margin was a head.

Tony Carroll sends lots of horses to Brighton and although he'd only had one winner at the meeting so far, he had the last laugh by saddling the first and second in the finale, a 5f handicap. Though Beau Mistral (11/2) missed the break she was keen early on and George Downing had to restrain her at the back of the pack before unleashing her widest of all. She ran on well to get up by a neck, depriving her stablemate Assertive Agent in the last few strides. The application of first-time blinkers probably played their part.

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