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Race Meeting Report - 4 September 2017

Sun, Sep 10, 2017

Day two of this early September meeting continued in autumnal vein with conditions murky to begin with but improving as the afternoon went on. The going was good, though after yesterday's rain runners favoured the stands side as there was clearly some give in it.

The first race, for two-year-old maiden fillies over 6f, had a 1/2 favourite in the form of Daybreak. As the last one went into the stalls commentator Simon Holt said to viewers of At The Races,"There's no such thing as a certainty." And so it proved, as Daybreak challenged the pace-setting Wear It Well (8/1) from two out but could not get past. Henry Candy's filly was a willing partner and with Dane O'Neill's assistance she stayed on well to win by half a length.

Lady Morel (13/2) returned to the form she showed here two runs ago by winning the 6f Ian Carnaby Selling Handicap, one of Brighton's annual feature events. Miss Uppity had gone clear two out but, as so often happens here, the final climb means things can change quickly in the closing stages and she was nabbed at the last moment. Oisin Murphy rode the neck winner for Joseph Tuite. Connections think there is more to come from her, for she was bought in for 6,000 guineas.

A 6f nursery went to Diamond Dougal (11/2). When a gap appeared a furlong and a half out Charles Bishop urged the gelding through and took the measure of Queen Of Kalahari with a hundred yards to go. He was value for a little more than the official three quarters of a length verdict. The winning trainer, Mick Channon, has won dozens of two-year-old races here over the years.

Only two turned out for the 1m2f fillies maiden and this time the certainty obliged. The 2/13 favourite Alwaysandforever, with Ryan Moore bearing the orange and blue Michael Tabor colours, won easily in the end. She led early and though needing to be ridden along from three out the jockey on her rival Sugardrop accepted the situation after another furlong and the Luca Cumani-trained filly ran out a 14 length winner.

The first division of the mile handicap produced another clear winner in Jimmy Fox's Captain Marmalade (11/2), who has been dropping down the ratings for some time. Today Hollie Doyle was able to settle him in last place before moving smoothly through the field to lead a furlong out. He cantered to a four and a half length victory over Chough and if he is in the same mood next time he'll be hard to beat.

Many had chances approaching the final furlong of division two. With Approval (100/30), driven into a narrow lead by Pat Cosgrave at that point, kept on well to repel De Vegas Kid. He scored by three quarters of a length for last year's St Leger-winning Epsom trainer Laura Mongan.

Black Caesar (7/2), who was 3-13 here before today, took the 7f handicap for Philip Hide and his apprentice Sebastian Woods, who had his third career success here yesterday. He had to work in the penultimate furlong to see off Miss Icon, but she then faded and the winner came home full of beans to take the race by six lengths.

A race for amateur riders over 1m2f completed the card and the experienced Serena Brotherton won it on Bernard Llewellyn's Edge (6/4 fav). She gave the horse a very confident ride, coming up to the quarters of Oceanus a furlong out and still going well. However, the leader didn't cave in and kept pulling out more. Under hands and heels, Edge slowly but surely clawed back the deficit and hit the front with moments to spare, to win by a head.

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Jim Beavis