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Race Meeting Report - May 3rd

Sat, May 5, 2012

Mark Johnston is a trainer to be feared when he sends runners down to Brighton and this time it was his two year old Heavy Metal who was successful in the opening 5f maiden under Mirco Demuro. The 7-4f finished a length ahead of Lady Phill, trained by Bill Turner.

Jockey Dane O'Neill and trainer John Long teamed up with Custom House who took the second race, a handicap over 7f. The four year old, sent off at odds of 15-2, won by a short head from Inquisitress from the John Bridger yard.

Katmai River made it two Brighton victories inside a week when winning the third race, another 7f handicap, for trainer Mark Usher. The 3-1f, again ridden by David Probert, made light work of thye opposition and won by a length and half over Bunce.

George Baker was the successful rider in race four when King's Road took the handicap over a mile and a half. The seven year old, trained by Anabel Murphy, finished a length ahead of Heading To First from the Paddy Butler yard.

Byrd In Hand, who finished second to Lord of the Storm at the opening Brighton meeting of the season, turned the tables on that rival in the handicap over 1m 2f. The John Bridger trained five year old scored by three quarters of a length under jockey Sean Levey.

The 15-8f Bloodsweatandtears comfortably took the mile handicap for trainer William Knight and jockey Seb Sanders. The winning margin over Brown Pete was two and a half lengths.

The closing 5f sprint saw another victory for the John Bridger and Sean Levey combination when the 4-1 chance Welsh Inlet came home three quarters of a length clear of Waabel.

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Phil Bell