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Race Meeting Report - 4 October 2016

Tue, Oct 4, 2016

The first October meeting was sunny but the cold wind showed that autumn had well and truly arrived. Despite this traditionally being a difficult time of year for punters, the longest priced winner was only 9/2. The going was good.

Silvestre de Sousa and Jim Crowley were back to continue the fight for the jockeys' championship, though Crowley's lead of eleven by now looks decisive. De Sousa did his utmost to pull one back in the first, a 7f two-year-old maiden, by setting off in front on Otomo. He held on until the last hundred yards, when after a good tussle with Getgo (evens fav) the latter proved just too strong. There was a neck in it at the line, the pair having pulled a long way clear of the rest. Shane Kelly rode the winner for David Lanigan.

De Sousa employed the same tactics in the next, a nursery over 7f, on Juanito Chico (5/2 fav), encouraging him into the lead after a tardy start. This time they worked, as he was able to kick on two out and poach a handy advantage. Inner Circle ran second most of the way and was the only one able to go after the winner, staying on well to be a half-length second. Trainer William Jarvis has only had two runners at Brighton in two years and they've both won.

The third was another race for two-year-olds, a one mile maiden, and some potentially decent types were on show. Ralph Beckett's filly Camerone (11/4) had been fourth to a useful sort on her debut. She was behind and making no impression two out but with Fran Berry priming her for a run on the outside she stayed on really well up the hill to overtake the leader Harbour Rock in the last 50 yards. Half a length was the margin of victory.

Runners from Ismail Mohammed's Newmarket yard have done well in the last month, and his Beatbybeatbybeat (7/2 fav) came back to form today in a first-time visor to furnish Silvestre de Sousa with a double in the first division of the mile handicap. Third coming down the hill, she charged into the lead with a furlong and a half to go and with that had the race in the bag. Edge ran on late to finish second, almost four lengths in arrears.

Before the second division de Sousa helicoptered off to Kempton. Jim Crowley stayed on but he had an unwilling partner in the form of Zlatan, who in the final furlong preferred to hang in behind the pacesetting Multitask (5/4 fav) rather than come alongside him. The leader was headstrong early on and Hector Crouch had had to restrain him. Nevertheless he managed to save some energy for the final climb and held on nicely by half a length. Gary Moore's midsummer purchase was winning for the fourth time in a row.

Dual course and distance winner Becca Campbell (9/2) scored again in the 1m2f handicap, continuing trainer Eve Johnson Houghton's fine season. The leaders went off fast and ran out of steam a furlong out, at which point Hollie Doyle drove Becca to the front, and she scooted away to win by three lengths from Maria's Choice.

In the 6f handicap Jim Crowley was on the mark with Tony Carroll's Essaka, backed from 11/2 in the morning to 7/2 favouritism. He came with a steady run out of the dip to lead with about 150 yards to go. Virile ran almost a carbon copy of his course and distance win last week, finishing fast on the wide outside and though he drew right up to Essaka, he failed by a head. Crowley dashed off to Kempton and rode the winner of the 9.10 there to restore his lead in the jockeys' championship to eleven.

The day ended with a hands and heels apprentice handicap over 1m4f. They were very closely packed a furlong and a half out, when Iballisticvin hit the front. He was a course winner in August and had gone in at Kempton only last week. He stayed on well to hold off Little Orchid by a neck with Helium third, this trio pulling clear of their opponents. This completed a double for Gary Moore and gave his young jockey Joshua Bryan his fourth career success. The winner was the favourite, returned at the unusual odds of 7/5.

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