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Race Meeting Report - 2 May 2017

Tue, May 2, 2017

Brighton's third meeting of the season was the first to take place in the afternoon. It was an overcast day, and the going was good, good to firm in places.

A decent third at Beverley a fortnight ago was reason enough to make Mark Johnston's Yorkshire raider Starlight Mystery the 10/11 favourite for the opening two-year-old sprint. Urged into the lead by Joe Fanning inside the final 150 yards, she strode out well to beat the running-on debutante Super Florence by two lengths.

Otomo (100/30), twice beaten in photo finishes here in the autumn, gained his first success in the 6f handicap. Liam Keniry soon had him in front and though the favourite, Raffle King, was closing in the final furlong the leader never looked in danger of defeat. Philip Hide's charge had three quarters of a length to spare at the line.

Newmarket trainer Robert Cowell had had a winner at Yarmouth earlier this afternoon and he doubled his daily tally in the 5f handicap with Cosmopolitan Girl (4/1). The filly put up a good performance under top weight after being impeded at the start. She made up lost ground by halfway and was tackling the trailblazing Sandfrankskipsgo for the lead a furlong out. Joe Fanning pushed her out to gain his second winner of the day, by two and a quarter lengths.

The feature race, a 1m2f fillies handicap, was also run at a fair clip and this helped Singyoursong (4/1). Her rider, the up-and-coming apprentice George Buckell, held her in a clear last of the six runners until taking the Roy Rocket route, coming wide and running on well from the dip. The David Simcock-trained filly hit the front entering the final half furlong to beat the recent course and distance winner Pernickety by a comfortable two and a quarter lengths. The well-backed Lorelina, representing the Andrew Balding yard that finished second in the last two runnings of this race, could only finish a remote third.

The mile handicap was another fast-run affair and it suited Buzz Lightyere (8/1), whose big white blaze could be seen edging in front a furlong and a half out. He kept on well to hold off a host of course regulars, led by Fairy Mist, by a length and three quarters. Philip Hide and Liam Keniry were completing doubles.

There was a closer finish to the 7f handicap, which went to the youngest and least-exposed runner Lastmanlastround (7/4). David Probert sent into the lead over two out when a nice gap on the rails opened up. Duke Of North chased him all the way to the line, but still finished a neck in arrears. Rae Guest trained the winner.

Eve Johnson Houghton's Miss Inga Sock (6/1) won here two years ago over seven furlongs and today was the first time she'd scored since. This was over a steadily-run mile and a quarter, but stamina wasn't a problem. Georgia Cox had her well placed in second until asking for an effort three out and moving to the middle of the track. There was no immediate response but she kept on dourly and outstayed Sir Jack, who was on the far rail, by a head.

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Jim Beavis