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Race Meeting Report - August 9th

Thu, Aug 9, 2012

Many of the races were run at a good pace and the form should be solid for the grade. The going had dried out to good. Fields generally - but not always - stayed on the inside. However, today's sea fret reduced visibility to just two furlongs to start with.

Scommettitrice, seeking her fifth win in a row, and her fourth in a row in the opening sprint race of a Brighton meeting, could only manage third to the 16/1 outsider of five Peter Island. Darryll Holland's front running tactics paid off on the nine-year-old. His trainer John Gallagher reported that the horse had disliked being retired and was doing well back into training.

The second race was a seven furlong seller. Community (17/2) took a narrow lead two out and looked certain to be overhauled by one of her challengers, but none managed to, and she held on for her second win under Leonna Mayor. Running for the Jamie Osborne yard for the first time, she was bought in for 3,000 guineas.

Four started for the one mile two-year-old race. Following yesterday's treble Richard Hughes looked the likely victor on odds-on Emell once he had overtaken Noble Bull (9/4), but the latter's superior stamina came into play up the hill to give Darryll Holland another winner.

The fog was much thicker by the time of the mile and a half Brighton Challenge Cup was run. Fleeting Image was three lengths clear with half a mile to go and still had a narrow advantage on the far rail when the field emerged from the gloom a furlong from home. She would not have seen the late challenge of Ethics Girl (14/1), who Darryll Holland brought up the stands rail ("the golden highway") to lead on the post.

Conditions were the same during the mile and a quarter fillies' handicap, but it was apparent that Cochabamba and Sound Hearts were setting a strong pace at halfway. Sound Hearts (9/2), who took up the running three out, finished six lengths ahead.

Gary Moore had his first winner of the Festival with the evens favourite Picture Dealer in a six furlong handicap, in which all five runners came stands side. The Richard Green-owned horse led inside the last furlong and won without being asked too serious a question.

Daffydowndilly (4/1 favourite) was Darryll Holland's fourth winner of the day in the seventh, a one mile handicap. The fog was not quite as bad now. Despite struggling near the back two out, a run along the golden highway opened up and Holland urged her on to a 1½ length success.

The last, a race for lady amateur riders over a mile and a quarter, was run in bright sunshine. Punters trying to get out of trouble were rewarded when 7/4 favourite Tidal Run took it up two out and quickly went four lengths clear.

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Jim Beavis