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Race Meeting Report - 22 August 2016

Mon, Aug 22, 2016

The Monday after the Fun Day was certainly fun for Pat Cosgrave, who rode two winners to add to his double on Sunday. Adam Kirby and trainer George Baker were also on the scoresheet twice.

A little overnight rain allowed the going to ease to good, good to firm in places. The wind was against in the home straight, so despite the fast ground stamina was needed.

The strongly fancied debutante Mystic Dawn (7/2) was an impressive winner of the first, a 6f maiden fillies race. She was brought by Pat Cosgrave from the rear to lead a furlong out and go almost three lengths clear to give David Simcock's yard its seventh success this month. In second place Spinnaka, who cost 160,000 guineas as a yearling, also made a pleasing first appearance.

Next was a race for Brighton aficionados, the Ian Carnaby Selling Handicap over 6f. His friend and former co-sponsor David Ashforth tipped the favourite Wahaab in the Racing Post and he obliged at 11/4. Described as ungenuine by his trainer Richard Hughes, and without a win since his first outing three years ago, the horse responded to Shane Kelly's urgings to worry Time Medicean out of it with about 75 yards to go and he finished a length in front. There was no bid for the winner.

After taking the 6f nursery by half a length Drop Kick Murphi (9/2) was described as a "dude" by his trainer George Baker. He certainly showed a good attitude to keep going in pursuit of Katrine after she seemed to have pinched a decisive lead. Then she weakened half a furlong out and, encouraged by his pilot Steve Drowne, Murphi stormed past.

Baker had another picturesque phrase for his runner in the 1m2f amateurs' race, calling Magnificent Madiba "an absolute pig" having repeatedly failed to show on the racecourse the ability he exhibited on the gallops at home. With the assistance of top amateur Simon Walker, the horse came from last to first by the furlong pole, and cantered in three lengths ahead of Flag Of Glory. The jury is still out as to whether he is a reformed character.

Luca Cumani and Adam Kirby were out of luck earlier with Spinnaka, but made no mistake with Testimonio (2/1) in the 1m2f maiden. He was a struggling third of four coming out of the dip, only to stay on so well up the hill that he saw off Golden Reign by a length and a quarter. Cumani is renowned for not rushing his horses, so it will be interesting to see what happens to his three-year-old after this belated debut.

Kirby struck again half an hour later, partnering Gary Moore's Multitask (6/4 fav) to success in the mile race. He appeared well handicapped on turf on the evidence of his recent all-weather form, and confirmed this by making eye-catching progress from last place to lead a furlong and a half out. He won very easily, with Wild Flower well held in second almost four lengths away.

The most exciting race of the day was the finale over 7f, to the satisfaction of the bookies as the two longest-priced runners came in first and second. Everything was in contention two out, at which point Polymnia went on, but at the last moment she was swamped by With Approval (14/1) and Art Echo in a finish of short heads. Laura Mongan trained the winner, which enabled Pat Cosgrave to complete two Brighton doubles in two days.

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