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Race Meeting Report - 26 April 2016

Tue, Apr 26, 2016

The second meeting of the season was held on a chilly but bright afternoon. The going was good to firm.

Though the two favourites were eclipsed in the opener, a 6f race for juveniles, the Mick Channon-trained winner Sayesse (8/1) was greeted by the loud cheers of its many owners. He took a narrow lead two out and came right away in the last 150 yards for jockey Charles Bishop. Almost four lengths in arrears, the 50/1 shot Masquerade Bling plugged on into second to complete a 1-2 that wiped out many placepots.

John Bridger's stable had been two months without a winner but Fairy Mist (13/2) broke that sequence today, getting the better of a dour battle with Stanlow throughout the last furlong of the mile handicap to triumph by a head. It was his third course success, all with William Carson in the saddle.

Clive Cox's Tears Of The Sun (5/4 fav) won the 1m2f handicap for fillies, as she did on this day last year. Adam Kirby brought her on the outside to lead two out and she soon went clear to score by three lengths. Victoria Pollard just held Southern Storm for second place.

The fourth race was over 5f. King Crimson (5/1) broke smartly from the stalls, set a good gallop and simply ran his rivals ragged to win by a length and a half from Major Pusey. This completed a double for Mick Channon and Charles Bishop.

The 6f handicap went to Nag's Wag (4/1 jt fav), having his first run for trainer George Baker and winning first time out for the second season in a row. Held up by Martin Harley off a fast pace, he challenged the leaders with a furlong to go and quickly had the race in safe keeping, darting a length and a quarter ahead of Strictly Carter.

Good Luck Charm (7/2jt fav) came good for Gary Moore and his Heart of the South Racing owners in the 7f handicap, a week after finishing third here. Ridden by Hector Crouch, a welcome gap appeared a furlong and a half out and after a duel with Snappy Guest he asserted his superiority in the last 50 yards. Sarmadee came from a long way behind to grab second, only three quarters of a length away.

The last race, over 1m2f, was confined to apprentices. The old trooper Megalala led, but he had no answer when passed two and a half furlongs out by Ifan (100/30 fav), a winner over course and distance two years ago. First time cheekpieces no doubt helped him repel Lord Of The Storm by a length and a quarter. It was jockey Mitch Godwin's fifth career success, and his first at Brighton.

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Jim Beavis