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Race Meeting Report - 21 August 2016

Sun, Aug 21, 2016

There were sunny spells on a breezy Family Fun Day, with lots of good old-fashioned entertainment for youngsters.

The going was good to firm, good in places. The opening contest was confined to mascots, and went to Sally The Seagull.

In the first race for thoroughbreds, a two-year-old maiden over five furlongs, five of the seven runners led at one time or another. Chiconomic passed Blastofmagic with 75 yards to go only to be nailed by Lord Clenaghcastle (7/2) in the very last stride. A nose was the official winning distance. Hector Crouch was the jockey on Gary Moore's first successful juvenile of the season.

The Mick Channon-trained King Crimson (5/1) employed his usual trailblazing tactics in the 5f handicap and today they worked. He had a couple of lengths in hand for most of the way and by the time Waseem Faris and Equally Fast started closing in, it was too late. The leader hung on by half a length for his third course win, all with Charles Bishop on board.

Most interest in the 7f maiden for two-year-olds was working out who would finish second to Novoman (4/11 fav). Pat Cosgrave had to work hard on the William Haggas favourite to take the lead a furlong out, hanging across to the far rail as he did so, but from there he stayed on strongly to win by three lengths. Spoiling most forecast bets was the 50/1 outsider Getgo, who ran on well in the closing stages.

The fourth race was an open-looking 1m2f fillies' handicap. After Trulee Scrumptious set a good pace Jawaayiz (3/1) went for home two out. Al Shahaniya came out of the pack to make up ground steadily and drew alongside the leader, but the post arrived in time for Jawaayiz, who prevailed by a head. She was giving jockey Paul Hanagan and second-season trainer Simon Crisford their first Brighton victory. With that Hanagan joined the elite group that has ridden a winner at every flat course in the country.

Maria's Choice, whose most recent win was a Plumpton hurdle last November, sprang a 16/1 surprise in the 1m4f handicap. He challenged the leader Iona Island throughout the last furlong and a half without looking like getting to the front in time. Then Le Tissier came up on his other side, which seemed to galvanise him into one last effort, which was successful. Maria's Choice beat Iona Island by a short head, ridden by Timmy Murphy and trained at Lewes by Jim Best.

The quartet in the 6f handicap finished in the order the betting suggested. The Stuart Williams stable stalwart Upavon, whose four wins in his last five starts accounted for him being made 5/4 favourite, beat the 7/4 shot Soaring Spirits, who was seeking a four-timer. Pat Cosgrave needed to coax maximum effort and gameness from Upavon to pass his front-running market rival with a hundred yards to go, and then to resist that one's rally by a short head.

The winner of the Brighton Mile at the Festival meeting, Cricklewood Green, was dropped in grade by his trainer Sylvester Kirk to land the 1m apprentices' handicap. Mitch Godwin, who gave the horse a terrific ride last time, had a much clearer run today and though he needed stoking up from two out once he got the lead with half a furlong left it was plain sailing. Returning from a four month absence, Giovanni Di Bicci was a length and a half away in second and Tee It Up Tommo finished eye-catchingly in fourth.

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