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Race Meeting Report - 3 September 2017

Sat, Sep 9, 2017

The first part of a two-day meeting was a damp, blowy Sunday afternoon when the going was good to firm, good in places.

It was like old times with the Richard Hannon stable supplying the winner of the two-year-old maiden that often begins the Brighton programme. Ghepardo (13/2) hasn't been very consistent so far but today Tom Marquand took her to the front of this 5f contest straight away, and once he kicked on a furlong and a half out the outcome was in no doubt. The two and a quarter length winning margin flattered the running-on Episcia.

The complexion of the 6f handicap changed abruptly when the favourite Buxted Dream was withdrawn at the start due to a broken bridle. The outsider of the three remaining runners, Fujin (7/1 minus a 50% Rule 4 deduction) proceeded to make all. Though Iseemist made a good race of it, the leader always looked likely to hang on, and did so by a neck. Charlie Bennett rode him for trainer Shaun Harris.

Luca Cumani and David Probert both do well here, and they combined to take the 7f two-year-old race with the once-raced Wilson (6/1). Held up early, he was already going well when beginning his run on the outside two out. Once he deprived Myboyhenry of the lead 150 yards out he charged clear for a convincing three and a half lengths triumph.

Gaining her third course and distance win for Gary Moore this year, Impressive Day (8/1) just got home in the 1m2f fillies handicap. She was one of six in line coming out of the dip, with Adam Kirby taking the widest route, one that often pays dividends here nowadays. She hung left and the field concertinaed over to the far side but under Kirby's powerful left hand drive she led with a hundred yards to go to deny the double-seeking Great Court by a neck.

By winning the 1m4f handicap Pete So High's form figures for the last month became 1311. After two furlongs Silvestre de Sousa decided to take the initiative on the 5/6 favourite and he proved yet again what a master he is from the front. The leader readily pulled out more to see off the final challenge of Inconceivable to score by a length and a quarter. It was another training success for Richard Hannon.

In what was turning out to be a good day for front runners, Her Terms (11/4 fav) made all in the 5f handicap. Adam Kirby decided to stay on the far side this time and it paid off, as she battled on well to get to the line a short head before Mercers. The filly has benefited from her move to the Clive Cox yard.

The Philip Hide-trained Buzz Lightyere (9/4 fav) was the choice of many for the getting-out stakes, an apprentices' event over a mile, and he didn't let them down. A strong pace set the race up nicely for him, and he took the lead a furlong out to win fairly comfortably. His record at Brighton is now 4671327121. It was Sebastian Woods' third career winner. One of the two pacesetters, Chosen Character, kept on well to finish a length and a quarter away in second place.

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