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Race Meeting Report - July 19th

Thu, Jul 19, 2012

On a cool, blustery but mainly dry day the ground had dried out slightly to good to soft. Several winners looked capable of repeating the feat if turned out again soon.

For the third Brighton meeting in a row Scommettitrice won the opening sprint. On both previous occasions her price was 15/2; this time it was 8/1. She ran on to lead a furlong out and finish two and a quarter lengths ahead of joint favourite Pharoah Jake. This was the easiest win of the three and she may reappear at Lingfield on Saturday. Despite the field fanning across the whole of the straight there was nearly a pileup on the far side rail when the other joint favourite Tenancy crossed in front of two rivals, earning an eight day ban for his rider.

From now on runners kept to the far side when turning into the straight. Bermondsey Bob looked like repeating his win in the six furlong handicap on this card last year, and was backed to do so. Dear Maurice (9/2) escaped from being boxed in on the rails to outstay him by a head.

8/11 favourite Super Simon disputed the lead in the two year old race, but was being pushed along two furlongs out while the newcomer Dream Cast was going ominously well in behind. The latter could not run on in the closing stages and faded to finish fourth to Super Simon, who with first-time visors pulled away to win by five lengths.

Olivia Maylam, who won here with Mucky Molly recently, took the seven furlong handicap with Jackie Love (6/1). The filly, who was the subject of some support today, took the lead on the outside with 150 yards to go and quickly went five lengths clear. She may reappear at Lingfield on Saturday.

The next seven furlong handicap went to the 11/1 shot Whitstable Native, who had shown a little promise last time. Coming from last place, Liam Keniry squeezed him through some narrow gaps to lead well inside the last furlong and ultimately win easily by two and three quarter lengths.

Several were in contention as the mile handicap came to a climax. Another who had shown a glimmer of ability last time, the grey Consider Yourself (17/2) burst through in the last fifty yards to beat Roedean, who with a name like that ought to be a regular here. Watch out for the winner running at Yarmouth next Tuesday.

A five-runner mile and a quarter handicap looked like a match between the two three year olds. Kieran Fallon on Bayan made most of the running, but was struggling once turning into the straight. By contrast Sheikhzayedroad (4/7 favourite) was going easily and led a furlong out. He then lugged repeatedly to the right, despite Jamie Spencer's best efforts to keep him running straight, but was far enough ahead of Bayan not to affect the result.

Although conditions had been drying out this afternoon they came middle to stands side for the concluding mile and a half apprentice race, possibly in search of less cut-up ground. The recent course winner and well-backed favourite Tawseef never got in a blow against Taroum (4/1), who was always going nicely. He took up the running two out and came right away to be the third five-length winner of the day.

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Jim Beavis