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Race Meeting Report - 5 September 2016

Mon, Sep 5, 2016

Brighton's first September meeting took place under grey skies. The going was good to soft, soft in places. The longest priced winner was 5/1, so with ordinary luck everybody ought to have been able to collect at least once. Racing was enlivened by the presence of the two leaders in the jockeys' championship.

Five of the ten entered for the 6f fillies' handicap were withdrawn, which made it easier for William Haggas's Symposium (11/4 jt fav). With Georgia Cox on board, she made all the running and always had a length or so in hand of her challengers. Half a furlong out she finally shrugged them off and she was value for a bit more than the length by which she beat Minminwin.

The 7f maiden for two-year-olds resulted in a very easy win for Jim Crowley on Colibri (8/11 fav). Ridden into the lead two out, Hugo Palmer's colt utterly outclassed his rivals, bounding twelve lengths clear. Sweet Zain, badly outpaced early, finished best of the rest.

Soaring Spirit went off plenty fast enough in the 7f handicap. He stuck at his task very well but Pick A Little (5/1), who has won 15 races including three at Brighton, overhauled him with 75 yards to go. Three quarters of a length in arrears at the post, Wordismybond grabbed second place. Timmy Murphy rode the winner for Michael Blake.

Although she is based at Newmarket Lucy Wadham is predominantly a jumps trainer, she normally has seven or eight winners a year on the flat. For Buteo Bai in the 1m4f handicap she booked Jim Crowley, who'd earlier extended his lead in the race for the jockeys' championship. Racing up the middle of the straight, he and his main rival Silvestre de Sousa on Masterson pulled away from the rest. Half a furlong out Buteo Bai proved the strongest and he came away to win by almost four lengths in a way that suggests he'll go over hurdles during the winter.

Ocean Ready, a typical Sir Mark Prescott improver, looked a shoo-in for the 1m2f handicap after his Salisbury win four days ago but the 2/5 favourite gave his backers several anxious moments. He was the first to come under pressure three out and Luke Morris was hard at work to get him across to the stands rail and into the lead with a furlong and a half to go. From that point he stayed on well to score by three and a half lengths from Lord Reason. The jockey reported that the horse didn't like the ground. All being well, he'll be out again at Epsom on Thursday.

Gary Moore's lightly-raced Purple Party showed a glimmer of form here last time and was fancied at 9/2 to build on that in the mile handicap. With Noel Garbutt claiming three pounds, she was the bottom weight. She led briefly three out only to drop back to fourth, looking beaten, but rallied gamely against the stand rail in the final furlong. In an exciting finish she got up by three quarters of a length from Touch Of Color.

The finale was an apprentices' handicap over a mile. Money talks, and it spoke volumes about the Mick Quinn-trained World Record, which went from 7/2 in the morning to a starting price of 7/4 favourite. Lulu Stanford had him in front all the way and was clear coming out of the dip. Zateah was the only one to make a fight of it, but the leader held on by a neck and could reappear here next week.

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