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Season Review!

Mon, Nov 5, 2012


A memorable season on Race Hill highlighted at the August Festival by a dazzling Ladies Day four-timer from Darryll Holland. His win on Ethics Girl in the Frosts Brighton Challenge Cup was especially poignant as trainer John Berry and local owner Lawrence Wadey had been attempting to capture this coveted prize for many years.

The Festival was to begin with Mickael Barzalona securing a belated 21st birthday present on Stuart Kittow's Frozen Over in the John Smith's Brighton Mile Challenge Trophy. Based at Cullompton in Devon, Kittow's previous winner here was Dancing Storm back in 2007.

Festival racegoers witnessed an impressive success from the well-backed Prodigality (Ron Harris/Darren Egan) in the Talk To Victor Brighton Bullet. Quite clearly he will be a sprinter to follow during 2013.

Also at this meeting Dance For Georgie was a first course runner and winner for Yorkshire handler Ben Haslam.

As the summer progressed Scommetitrice (David Evans) and Toga Tiger (Jeremy Gask) developed a true liking for the undulations and both won three times. You can add to that a brace of wins from Katmai River (Mark Usher), Clear Spring (John Spearing), Picture Dealer (Gary Moore), Tawseef (Roy Brotherton) and Mucky Molly (Olivia Maylam).
Not forgetting the 'old guard' of track specialists since Eager To Bow (Pat Chamings), Cheylesmore (Michael Wigham), Methayel (Clive Brittain), Billy Red (John Jenkins) and Stonecrabstomorrow (Michael Attwater) all returned successfully during the campaign and collectively they have now amassed 17 course victories.


Numerically David Evans and Gary Moore with seven wins were joint leading trainers and with 116 points David outrightly landed the Connolly's Red Mills Trainers Championship award given to stables with 30 or more horses. Gary (96) was runner-up and Jeremy Gask (82) third.
For yards with 30 or less horses it was Joseph Tuite (4 winners & 67 points) who took the prize ahead of John Bridger (62) and John Spearing (51).

George Baker and Seb Sanders were top jockeys over the 18 meetings with seven wins. Deserved mention should be made of teenage Swedish apprentice Nicole Nordblad who maintained her impeccable Brighton record winning on each of her three rides.


This year we were delighted to welcome: Local author, Peter James, and also Dame Vera Lynn who both attended our first meeting of the season in support of the Sussex branch of Crimestoppers. This was the charity's first event at the racecourse and, owing to its success, they will be returning for the first meeting of the season in 2013 (Thursday 25th April evening meeting).

At our race meeting on 22nd May the Theatre Royal Brighton launched the inaugural production of 'Dandy Dick' a play based on Pinero's classic comedy about a Vicar, his sister and a runaway horse! The leading stars of the show, Patricia Hodge and Nicholas Le Prevost, also had a great afternoon at Brighton races.

Ladies day on 9th August attracted a great crowd of glamorous ladies including Olympic ice dancer Jayne Torvill.

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Phil Grimstone