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Race Meeting Report - 12 September 2016

Mon, Sep 12, 2016

In spite of the fine late summer weather there was a little juice in the ground and the going was good, good to soft in places for Brighton's second September meeting.

The first race was a seven furlong maiden for two-year-olds. Otomo made most of the running, with the Mark Usher-trained Bayston Hill (7/2) content to follow him in second place until taking a slight advantage two out. Otomo wouldn't give in, though, and came back at him on the far rail, forcing Daniel Muscutt to keep the winner at full stretch all the way to the line. He held on by a short head.

Eve Johnson Houghton's best season continued with her August winner over course and distance Becca Campbell (3/1 jt fav) picking up the 1m2f seller. After being held up by Sophie Killoran off a brisk early pace, she shot into a clear lead a furlong out as the early front runners tired. Even though she finished a long-looking five lengths ahead of Harry's Endeavour, the trainer - who is also the owner of the filly - only had to go to 4,600 guineas to retain her in the auction.

Stynes (7/1) was a first Brighton winner for Gloucestershire trainer Graeme McPherson in the 1m4f handicap. Brought from the rear of the field by Rob Hornby, he made good progress in the penultimate furlong, hit the front with about 150 yards to go and quickly skipped five lengths clear. In a bunch finish for the places the 33/1 shot Galuppi took second and the old boy Megalala was a close fourth.

The mile handicap at this meeting in 2013 and 2015 was won by Bloodsweatandtears and he triumphed again today at 14/1 for trainer William Knight and jockey Amir Quinn. He's a quirky character and after being driven for some way his run appeared to have come to an end a furlong out, when he'd reached fourth place. Suddenly he decided he wanted to win after all, and surged past the others to lead in the last half dozen strides, denying Admirable Art by three quarters of a length.

The good form of Jim Best's Lewes yard continued with the success of Bobby Benton (14/1) in the 7f handicap, the shortest trip he'd tried for a long time. He wasn't the first today to come with a run on the outside as the field fanned out coming into the straight. He took a narrow lead two out, and gradually moved over to the far rail, which cut off Unnoticed's challenge. With the aid of William Twiston-Davies he galloped on strongly to win by a length and three quarters.

A 6f handicap followed, in which the habitual trailblazer Soaring Spirits proved hard to pass as usual. Jim Crowley had to get serious with Upstaging (2/1 fav), who Paul Cole had fitted with a hood for the first time. He reached the front with a furlong to go and kept on well to score by a length from Gorokai. It was Crowley's 100th winner of the season in the race for the jockeys' championship.

He soon extended his narrow lead thanks to Noble Act (3/1) in the 5f handicap at the end of the day. Rae Guest's three-year-old filly, less than half the age of her six opponents, benefited from two of them completely missing the break. She made all the running and though others were gaining on her in the closing stages she had a neck to spare over Time Medicean.

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