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Race Meeting Report - 15 April 2017

Sat, Apr 15, 2017

Brighton's new Easter Saturday meeting was an evening affair. It was sunny to start with but increasingly chilly, not that that mattered to a good lively crowd. The going was good to firm.

The result of the first race, a 5f maiden, was easy to predict. The obvious form pick, Jumira Bridge (1/12 fav) has probably done more on Roger Varian's home gallops than today, when easing into the lead a furlong out under a motionless Andrea Atzeni. Two and a half lengths away, the ex-Godolphin Secret Strategy was a clear second best.

The next, a 5f handicap, was trickier, with five of the seven runners priced at 5/1 or less. Yorkshire Debut was driven into lead at the outset and proved hard to pass, but Endeavour (5/1), one off the far rail, managed to do so with half a furlong to go. In the end he ran out a convincing length and a quarter winner for Tom Marquand, riding for Richard Hannon.

The Hannon yard soon had its second winner of the evening, taking the 7f maiden with Tafaakhor (11/10 fav). Winless after nine starts, and favourite on no fewer than five occasions, he made no mistake this time under the champion jockey Jim Crowley. After tracking the leaders he hit the front a furlong and a half out and held on by three quarters of a length from King Of Paris, who wasn't entirely at ease on the track.

Before the 1m2f handicap Marcus Tregoning's lightly-raced four-year-old Mornington was nibbled at in the market from 14/1 to 9/1. He travelled well to come through the pack and lead 150 yards out. Despite carrying his head high, he finished full of running and looks sure to follow up. It was a third career win for his young jockey Tyler Saunders, who was having his first ride at Brighton. Inniscastle Lad, who had set the pace, kept on well to finish second.

None of the eight fillies in the 1m2f handicap could be ruled out. Three of them forged clear in the last couple of furlongs, and after a good tussle Pernickety (6/1) asserted in the last 50 yards to beat Miss Gillard three quarters of a length, with Tommys Geal fading away in third. Jim Crowley, riding for Lucy Wadham, was completing a double.

The sixth race was a one mile handicap. Hector Crouch had Darkroom Angel (13/2) prominent early and in front by halfway. Although Il Sicario came to challenge in the penultimate furlong, he couldn't sustain his effort and the leader stayed on well for a length and three quarter success. It was his first win, on his first start for Philip Hide. Auric Goldfinger ran on late to grab second.

Tony Carroll's runners can never be discounted here and his course winner Beau Mistral (11/4) made all to take the finale, a 6f handicap. She, the second Doctor Parkes and the third, Panther Patrol, held those positions throughout the race. William Carson had to get serious on the leader a furlong out but she was always in command and finished three lengths to the good.

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