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Race Meeting Report - 27 June 2017

Tue, Jun 27, 2017

The going started good to firm for Tuesday's meeting, but rain from mid-afternoon meant there was some "good in places" as the day went on.

There was a turn-up in the first race, a 6f two-year-old event, as the three market principals in a field of five were completely eclipsed by Pranceabootthetoon (11/1), trained by John Ryan and ridden by Daniel Muscutt. Not for the first time this season, going widest of all paid off and the debutant swept into the lead 150 yards out to win impressively by two and a half lengths from Holdenhurst.

The next was a 7f handicap. Richard Hughes' Jumping Jack (5/2 fav) disputed the lead until taking command two out and though his advantage was a narrow one he didn't look like being overhauled. Good Luck Charm finished a length away in second but the winning jockey, Shane Kelly, appeared to have a little bit up his sleeve.

It was getting quite murky by the time of the third race, over a mile and a quarter. The commentators' nightmare Chunkyfunkymonkey went for home two out, but was unable to withstand the challenge of Av A Word (2/1 fav). Daniel Kubler's course and distance winner was driven into the lead at the furlong pole by Luke Morris and stayed on well to score by half a length.

Malcolm Saunders' mare Ginzan (7/2) knows her way round Brighton and likes it, her record here being 14123713233. Over five furlongs today, Robert Winston brought her off a fast pace to lead half a furlong out and she ran on well up the hill. Mr Pocket, who didn't have the best of runs, finished very fast to get within a length and will have gone into several notebooks.

Seven-pound claimer Joshua Bryan rode a winner at Chepstow yesterday and followed up with one at Brighton today, aboard Alan Bailey's Strictly Carter (7/2) in the 6f handicap. Asking his mount to pick up the leaders a furlong and a half out, the response wasn't immediate but with a hundred yards to go he edged ahead of Wild Flower and had a neck to spare at the post.

At 5/1 Luxford was fancied to improve on previous form in the mile handicap and did so to great effect. In a big field, John Best's filly was always in the first three and after being brought wide into the straight by Martin Dwyer ran on well to hit the front a furlong out and win easily. Lawfilly ran her usual consistent race to finish second, two and a half lengths in arrears.

The final race on the card was for amateur riders over a mile and a half. Often a front-running amateur gets the pace wrong, but not this time. Miss Poppy Bridgwater went well clear on her father David's Tempuran (6/1), who settled into a nice rhythm despite sweating up. He galloped on remorselessly and none of his rivals got anywhere near him, and he came home with nine lengths in hand over Strictly Art.

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