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Race Meeting Report - September 21st

Fri, Sep 21, 2012

Today Brighton staged the first in an experimental series of matinée meetings, providing lunchtime and early afternoon racing. The going was firm after watering.

The first race, at 12.00, was a mile and a quarter handicap. Silver Bullitt (12/1) won a seller last time and was moved to Gary Moore's yard, for whom he was a welcome winner. The horse was always prominent and took up the running two out. He veered right and left but while doing so had gone clear. He was a length and a half ahead of course and distance winner Renegotiate at the line.

A seven furlong two year old maiden attracted only four runners but there was a great tussle between the 6/5 joint favourites. Banreenahreenkah had the lead and the rail. She persistently held off Al Emirati's challenges until the latter just got the upper hand in the last hundred yards.

Konstantin (13/2), who had won on his only visit here before, hit the front in the seven furlong handicap inside the last half furlong. Noble Citizen, appreciating the drop in class since his midsummer contests, finished fast and late but couldn't get to the front in time.

A one mile maiden fillies stakes with an odds on Henry Cecil favourite followed. Although Isatis went well for most of the race, she did not find quite as much as expected and the game leader Silke Top (11/4), under Cathy Gannon, saw her off in determined style.

A handicap over the same trip brought another winner for Cathy Gannon. Lutine Charlie (9/2), who changed hands for just 1,700 guineas last month, was passed two out and went a length and a half down. Horse and jockey battled on and overhauled the unfortunate Good Luck Charm by the minimum margin. The runner-up deserves to break his maiden tag; the winner is due to run at Wolverhampton next week.

Often the widest finisher of all is the winner, and this was the case in the mile nursery where Pink Mischief (13/2) stepped up in trip and on her previous form. She had only beaten two horses in three races but here she ran on well in the last furlong for Dane O'Neill. Cathy Gannon could only manage second place on Missing Agent.

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Jim Beavis