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Race Meeting Report - 4 July 2017

Tue, Jul 4, 2017

This Tuesday meeting was warm and sunny, like every day at Brighton should be. The going was good to firm.

We began with a 15-runner puzzle over 6f, but the answer was to back Patrick Chamings' two runners. His pair flashed past Gaia Princess with about 50 yards to go and it was the lesser-fancied Cee Jay (17/2) who got the better of a brief tussle with stablemate Harlequin Rose by a short head. It was jockey Charlie Bennett's first win at Brighton.

The second race was a mile handicap and Silvestre de Sousa, riding the 6/5 favourite Swilly Sunset, was niggling him along from three out. Nevertheless he warmed to his task and took the lead a furlong out, and although veering across to the far rail, he won easily. He had four and a half lengths to spare over Carcharias, who battled on well after making most of the running. Anthony Carson was the successful trainer.

Jamie Spencer is a rare visitor to Brighton and his solitary mount today, Another Eclipse, was backed down to 2/5 favourite for the 1m2f maiden. Supporters of David Simcock's three-year-old had little to worry about, for though this may not have been the ideal track for him he was so superior he couldn't help hitting the front fully three furlongs out. He went well clear when meeting the rising ground. The winning distance of five lengths flattered the runner-up, Frosting.

Rookie trainer Olly Murphy came to Brighton today with his first ever runner, and he won. This was in the first of a couple of 1m2f handicaps. Luke Morris guided the newly-blinkered Dove Mountain (3/1) through the pack to lead a furlong and a half out and go clear. Buzz Lightyere ran on to finish second, beaten a length and three quarters. A stumble on leaving the stalls had done his chances no good.

The trainer's pedigree is impeccable, for he has worked as an assistant to the prolific Gordon Elliott and his mother, who owned the winner, is the trainer Anabel Murphy (nee King).

In the day's second 1m2f handicap Born Legend went off too fast for his own good and got most of the others at it some way out. They all tired well before the end and Fair Power, who had conserved energy at the back of the field, found himself in front inside the last quarter of a mile. The Sylvester Kirk-trained three-year-old galloped well clear and Mitch Godwin brought him home seven lengths ahead of Let's Be Happy.

The 7f handicap was a topsy-turvy affair in which the outsider of the seven-runner field beat the second longest priced horse. Course winner Lord Clenaghcastle made a valiant bid to lead all the way, only to be thwarted by the maiden Golden Guest (12/1), who was driven ahead by Jane Elliott half a furlong out. Though he only scored by a neck, he had a little bit in reserve. Trainer George Margarson has had various "Guest" horses run at Brighton over many years, and they all seem to win at least once.

Four lined up for the closing 5f dash, which was effectively a match between two recent winners. Come On Dave, who was taken to the start early, went straight into the lead and looked like holding on until the last 75 yards. He then ran out of gas and Super Julius (5/4), who lost a bit of momentum when stumbling two out, pounced. Charles Bishop rode him to a half length victory for Eve Johnson Houghton. The unconsidered Very Honest was a close third.

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Jim Beavis