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Race Meeting Report - July 3rd

Tue, Jul 3, 2012

On ground initially described as good to soft (which was changed to soft after the first race) runners entering the straight swung over to the stands side for every race before spreading out towards the middle to get a clear run. A sea fret reduced visibility severely at the beginning of the afternoon.

For the second week in a row, Scommettitrice won the first race at odds of 15/2. Running over six furlongs, slightly further than last week, he just overhauled the favourite and long-time leader Tenancy, with Seb Sanders snatching second place on Captain Risk on the stands rail.

The fret was replaced by rain. Mucky Molly (7/2), trained at Epsom by Olivia Maylam, led inside the final furlong to win the six furlong handicap by three-quarters of a length. This was the filly's first win in nineteen starts.

Subtle Knife (8/1) shot clear in the last furlong of the third race, over seven furlongs, veering from the favoured stands rail into the middle of the track, but no harm was done. Star Kingdom showed some promise, belying his long odds, before fading into fourth.

In the mile and a quarter maiden the second favourite Palus San Marco (7/4) could only hold off the unconsidered 50/1 shot Kampai by a head, with Sir Michael Stoute's odds-on favourite Scottish Vespers looking a difficult ride when finishing third.

The rain had eased off and conditions were better by the fifth race, won by Tawseef, a maiden whose stamina doubts over a mile and a quarter were unfounded. The 7/1 shot passed Cantor at the furlong pole to win by two and a half lengths, with the rest nine lengths in arrears.

Kieren Fallon on Ostentation had a useful lead nearing the closing stages of the mile and a half handicap, but Barney Curley's Shoulda (13/8 favourite), runner-up here last week, outstayed them in the final furlong, appreciating every yard of the trip.

The withdrawal of triple course-and-distance winner Toga Tiger allowed Know No Fear to go off as favourite at 6/4 in the mile race. With his proven ability on soft going Leonna Mayor took up the running on him two out and pushed him out for a length and a half success, her first at Brighton.

In the final sprint one jockey, William Carson, chose to stay on the far side. This paid off, as his mount The Strig (12/1) led two out and he was driven out to win by a length and a half. Nothing got near him after turning into the straight and his only previous win on turf win was in similar circumstances, when racing alone. This was a double for Carson after winning on Subtle Knife.

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Jim Beavis