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Race Meeting Report - August 8th

Wed, Aug 8, 2012

Morning rain changed the going to good to soft, good in places, encouraging most of the action to take place on the stands side. The remnants of a sea fret reduced visibility for the first two races.

Danz Choice (6/4 favourite), trained by Richard Hannon, won the opening two-year-old sprint under a typical Richard Hughes ride, coming late and widest of those on the stands side to win more easily than the ¾ length margin suggests.

In the six furlong handicap 15/8 favourite Kashmiri Star was always prominent but struggling to pass two or three others a furlong out. Suddenly, with the benefit of the stands rail (the golden highway, as commentator Simon Holt described it), she came almost two lengths clear to finish a comfortable winner.

A seven furlong juvenile race turned into a duel between the favourites in the betting, with the inexperienced Hazzaat eventually giving way to Rising Legend (9/4), another who took control of the race in the last furlong having gained the stands rail. This completed a double for the Hannon-Hughes combination.

The feature race, the John Smith's Brighton Mile, was a typically competitive affair. More of the field chose to stay on the inside. Three of them had the advantage two furlongs out and although this was rapidly whittled away by Satwa Laird on the near side, two of the insiders hung on. Frozen Over (9/1), ridden by Mickael Barzalona, just prevailed from Chosen Character.

The majority kept to the stands side for the fifth race, over a mile and a quarter. Some close to the rail suffered traffic problems. This race was the third winner for Richard Hughes in the form of 3/1 favourite Chasin' Rainbows, who just got the better of a duel with Volcanic Jack.

Each race so far had been longer than the last, and the sixth race, a seller, reached the limit of this trend. Over a mile and a half Bengal Tiger (13/2) took it up off the grey mare Lisselan Pleasure a furlong out and held on dourly.

By now the stands rail was getting cut up and nearer the middle of the course was the route taken by Little Rainbow (9/2) in the seventh race, a seven furlong fillies handicap. Despite running keenly early on she exerted in the last furlong and appeared to be value for her two length success.

The final race, a six furlong maiden, was a good battle between three near the head of the market. Langley Vale (9/2), who head-butted the stalls anticipating their opening, was an appropriate winner for an Epsom trainer, Roger Teal. Adam Kirby rode this and the previous winner, both of whom have scope to improve.

Richard Hughes' treble left him level with Ryan Moore at the head of the race for the jockeys' championship.

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Jim Beavis