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Race Meeting Report - August 10th

Fri, Aug 10, 2012

On the third day of the Festival the going was good to firm and the crowd basked in warm sunshine.

The warm favourite in the opener, the Godolphin horse Bornean, was never in the hunt. He made some late progress but James Tate's Hajam (13/2) came off a strong pace to forge clear over a furlong out for a most impressive seven-length success.

Funcheon Vale tried to make every yard of the five furlong handicap but Imaginary Diva (6/1) drew level with her in the last furlong and was a short head to the good at the post.

The eleven-year-old Efistorm (11/4) scored for the 25th time in the six furlong seller, taking the lead with about a furlong to go and holding off the nine-year-old Stonecrabstomorrow. The favourite Kingswinford was a disappointing fourth of five. The winner was bought in for 5,500 guineas.

Yurituni made most of the running in the six furlong handicap ("the Brighton Bullet"), but when a gap eventually came for Prodigality, who was backed from 7/2 to 2/1 favourite, he quickly came to challenge and went two lengths clear in the final half-furlong. The lightly-raced four-year-old, ridden today by the useful apprentice Darren Egan, can do even better.

In the mile handicap the Middleham raider Dance for Georgie (9/4 favourite) followed her front-running success at Musselburgh a week ago with a similar performance, pressing on two out to win by an easy four lengths. She is entered again at Thirsk on Monday evening.

Three battled out the finish of the mile and a quarter handicap, with the well-supported Operation Tracer appearing to get up after weaving determinedly through the pack. However, the photo proved that the wide run of Scarlett Fever (16/1) had carried her to victory by a nose, with Frosty Secret a close third on the inside.

Last-race favourite backers were ill at ease while Laser Blazer (13/8) was a clear last for most of the race. Jockey Mirco Demuro gradually made up ground after a slow start but, although getting closer, they had little apparent chance and the horse was under pressure with a furlong to go. That twelfth furlong proved critical, as his stamina came into play and he stormed up the middle to deprive Squad and Thundering Home. It was a suitably stirring climax to the three-day Brighton Festival.

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Jim Beavis