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Race Meeting Report - 11 August 2017

Wed, Aug 16, 2017

The final day of the Brighton Racing Festival was suitably sunny. The going was good to firm.

Mark Johnston and Silvestre de Sousa, separately successful already at this meeting, combined to take the 6f two-year-old race with Lake Volta. Not surprisingly given this pairing, the horse broke well and made all the running to justify 4/6 favouritism easily. Two lengths clear coming out of the dip, he had more than doubled that at the winning post with little exertion and is should be able to compete in better company. Tiepolo was second, clear of the rest.

In the next, a 1m4f handicap, de Sousa was riding Gold Class, another odds on favourite. He found little for pressure when the crunch came two out, and Gary Moore's Ban Shoof (2/1) sailed past to score by seven lengths. It was welcome compensation for Hector Crouch, who missed a winning ride on Wednesday after being unseated in the preceding event.

De Sousa was back in the winner's enclosure after the third race, a 1m2f handicap, with Av A Word (3/1), successful over course and distance in May and June. The season's leading rider needed all his strength to keep his mount ahead of the persistent Kings City on the far side and the fast finisher Free Forum on the stands side. The half-length winner is trained by Daniel Kubler in Lambourn.

The fourth race was also over a mile and a quarter and starred Brighton's favourite horse, Roy Rocket. He briefly hit the front a furlong out but was soon relegated to last of the five runners and probably needs some leniency from the handicapper. A moderate early pace meant the contest developed into something of a sprint and Luca Cumani's Bedouin (5/2) showed a good turn of foot to shoot clear in the final furlong, to beat Harbour Rock by two and three quarter lengths.

Today's feature event, the 6f Harry Bloom Memorial Brighton Bullet, was won by the James Tate-trained Coronation Day (15/2), her fourth win in 12 starts. Many had chances two out but she ran on well under pressure for Harry Bentley to lead a furlong out and go clear of the others. The Brighton regular Pour La Victoire finished like a train in second place. She was very slowly away and gave away much more than the length and a half she was beaten by.

Gary Moore and Hector Crouch completed doubles with Good Luck Charm's success in the 7f handicap. It was an exciting race, with all five runners going hammer and tongs from two out and the winner clinging on to the narrowest of advantages through the last half furlong. It was his fourth course and distance victory, but his first since April 2016, hence his 8/1 starting price. A short head away, Still Waiting is still waiting to break his duck, having been second five times in 12 attempts.

This allowed Gary Moore to achieve a long-held ambition of having winners on all three days of the Brighton Racing Festival.

The meeting came to a close with another exciting tussle between two course and distance winning-regulars, who finished just a short head apart. This 5f handicap went to Michael Attwater's seven-year-old Ask The Guru (13/2), who always in the front rank. He took the outright lead two out and kept on gamely under Harry Bentley. Picansort ran on well from the rear, but the post didn't quite come in time.

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Jim Beavis