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Race Meeting Report - April 26th

Sat, Apr 28, 2012

Trainer Mark Rimell, better known for his exploits with his jumpers, sent out the winner of the first race of the 2012 Brighton season when Love Tale took the 6f handicap under Fergus Sweeney. The three year old took up the running a furlong from home and scored comfortably from the Richard Hannon trained Mayo Lad.

The five furlong maiden for two year olds saw the outsider of four, All On Red take the honours. The son of Red Clubs, trained by Tobias Coles, was sent off a 12-1 chance but the horse clearly didn't know that and won by three lengths from the 8-11 favourite Golac trained by Mick Channon.

The 1m 2f handicap went to Lord of the Storm ridden by Kieren Fox and trained by Bill Turner. Byrd In Hand was second with Tinkerbell Will in third. The winner had a breathing operation after his last race in November and it clearly made all the difference.

Jockey Jemma Marshall, who spent many years riding out for trainer Gary Moore next to Brighton Racecourse at his Woodingdean yard, was the successful rider in race four, a classified stakes over one mile. She steered Ermyn Flyer to a four length victory over Cahala Dancer for Epsom based trainer Pat Phelan. It was the filly's first win after nine attempts having previously been placed on several occasions.

Another Epsom trainer was among the winners when Lee Carter sent out Prince of Sorrento to take the handicap over one mile by three lengths under jockey Stevie Donohoe. Hip Hip Hooray was second and Hereford Boy third. Carter took over the running of the John Akehurst yard when the trainer sadly passed away in March. He'd formerly been Akehurst's assistant.

Only four runners went to post for the 7f handicap and it was the Ron Harris trained April Fool, ridden by Darren Egan, who took the honours with a three quarter length victory over Midnight Feast.

The closing race of the night, another handicap over 7f, saw a comfortable win for Katmai River under David Probert. The five year old, trained by Mark Usher, scored by a length and half from Huzzah.

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Phil Bell