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Race Meeting Report - 29 September 2016

Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Brighton's last September meeting was run on good to firm going and under mainly cloudy skies.

Silvestre de Sousa and Jim Crowley, the two jockeys fighting for this year's flat race championship were present and notched a winner apiece. De Sousa was off the mark in the first, a 5f nursery, aboard Mick Channon's Harlequin Rose (11/4 fav). Amongst the back markers on the outside for most of the way, she didn't look a likely winner even when she started making some progress a furlong out. But as so often happens here, the complexion of the race changed markedly in the closing stages and once she'd edged across to the far rail, and the leader Glyder began to tie up, she shot past with 50 yards to go to win cosily, by a length.

Clive Cox's debutant Come On Come On (9/2) was slowly away in the 7f maiden for two-year-olds, but ultimately lived up to his name despite running green. Adam Kirby brought him wide from last to first to collar the favourite, Akkadian Empire, who was clear entering the final furlong and looked sure to win. With 75 yards to go the lead changed hands and the newcomer went on to a three-quarter length success. He looks sure to improve for the race.

Newmarket trainer Martin Smith rarely has runners at Brighton but today his Bridge Of Sighs was made 3/1 favourite for the 1m2f handicap and won his fifth race from just 16 starts. Pat Cosgrave tucked him in at the back of the field until making progress from two out and passing Gannicus with a half furlong to go, coming home a neck in front.

Moss Street (8/1) has won over hurdles and fences and today he completed the set by scoring on the flat. John Flint brought him from south Wales for the fourth race on the card, another 1m2f handicap, and with Daniel Muscutt doing the steering he was another winner to come from behind. He outstayed Purple Party, getting the upper hand half a furlong out, and hung on by a neck.

All eyes were on the 15-year-old Megalala in the third 1m2f race of the day, and he led till a furlong and a half out, when Onehelluvatouch (3/1) saw daylight and streaked clear. The combination of first time blinkers and Jim Crowley galvanised her to such an extent that she won by five lengths. Highlife Dancer kept on well for second place.

Yet again hold-up tactics and a run on the outside was the recipe for success in the 1m4f handicap. Whinging Willie (9/2) and Open The Red had the same idea, and the pair broke clear with a furlong and a half to go. Willie always had a slight advantage and stayed on the best, Hector Crouch keeping him three quarters of a length ahead to give trainer Gary Moore his seventh course win of the season, bringing him level with Tony Carroll.

In the one mile fillies handicap Wrapped (100/30 fav) was ridden to victory by Georgia Cox. She took a fractional advantage two out only to veer right and left, doing Ejayteekay on the rails no favours and prevailing over the rallying front-runner Carpe Diem Lady by a neck. This was one of three winners across the country today for trainer William Haggas, making his total for the year 115, a personal best.

The finale, a 6f handicap, went to another wide last to first effort. The Sylvester Kirk-trained Virile (4/1 fav), piloted by George Baker, was still eleventh of the eleven runners approaching the final furlong, yet he ran on with such gusto that he finished a length and three quarters ahead of The Reel Way.

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