Brighton August 26th
By Paul Simmons

Track: Good to Firm

The Town & Country Farms Novice Riders Handicap Stakes 0-65
Over 5 Furlongs:
1. Kateland Mrs. V Murphy
2. Jana Mr W Haynes
3. Barnshill Warrior Mr. B Adams

Distances: 7, 1 7 ran

Winner owned and bred by Mrs. C Cone. Trained by Mr. P J Murphy.

Kateland (Vert Olive x Fayrelands Gold) continued the fine run of form for the Cone & Murphy yard with an all the way win in this five furlong event under a well judged ride from Valerie Murphy who cemented her lead in the novice riders championship. She made all and won as she liked kicking clear up the hill to win by an easy six lengths and looks right back to her best. Jana (Normativ x Joli) was far from disgraced in second staying on up the hill for second but seemed to struggle to go the pace in the final half furlong. Whilst Barnshill Warrior (Madryn Warrior x Just A Legend) came back to form with his best run of the season coming with a strong run inside the final furlong to claim third.

The Avon Thoroughbreds Open (TB, AA & PBA) Race over 1 Mile 4 Furlongs:
1. La Perruche Mr. P Rondel
2. Oh Sunny Boy Ms. Crombie Hicks
3. Diamond Ring Mr. S Walker

Distances: 1 ½, 5 8 ran

Winner owned and trained by Mr. P Rondel. Bred by Mme M Gaillard.

Oakvalley Rialto (PBA) led from the start to ensure this was a stiff test of stamina with Apron, La Perruche and Oh Sunny Boy prominent in behind. From the four furlong marker Oh Sunny Boy and Diamond Ring were head to head, with two furlongs to run it looked like Oh Sunny Boy would prevail but La Perruche (15 % Arab blood) came with a wet sail inside the final furlong to lead inside the last half furlong to get home by a length-and-a-half from Oh Sunny Boy (TB). The latter ran well in defeat and is one to note, whilst Diamond Ring’s (TB) stamina gave out in the final furlong up the hill but she kept on for third.

The Jebel Ali Racing Club Banded Stakes B & C 1 Mile 4 Furlongs:
1. Fair Deed Dash Mr. D Turner
2. El Chenz Mr. S Harrison
3. Skromnani Mr. M Smith

Distances: 8, ¾ 6 ran

Winner owned by Mr. E Legg. Trained by Miss C Legg. Bred by HH Sheikh Mohammed.

Fair Deed Dash was desperately unlucky not to win at Lingfield. Dakota Willow and Skromnani cut out the running with Hamac and Fair Deed Dash settled in behind. With five furlongs to run Skromnani had gone into the lead with Fair Deed Dash travelling ominously well in behind. By the three furlong marker David Turner looked in complete command on Fair Deed Dash (Dedja Des Forges x TFA Ashajan) and this game mare galloped clear by several lengths inside the final two furlongs winning readily at the line with six lengths to spare. Skromnani was under pressure in the last two furlongs and was all out to hold onto second but El Chenz (Chatanz x Elita (Galeon)) came home very strongly under Steve Harrison on the inside rail and grabbed second in the shadow of the post, with Skromnani (Tidjani x Skromnitsa) a gallant half length back in third. All three are worth noting at this level over staying trips.

The White Horse Stakes Conditions over 1 Mile 4 Furlongs:
1. Fripon Al Maury Mr. S Walker
2. Taabeer Mr. P Collington

Distances: 3 2 ran

Winner owned by HH Sheikh Mohammed. Trained by Mr W Smith. Bred by Mlle R Koch.

A match of a race between the big guns of Arabian racing namely Gill Duffield former champion trainer with Taabeer for former Champion owner HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Bill Smith last years Champion trainer with HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum also former Champion owner with Fripon Al Maury. 2004 Champion jockey Simon Walker made the running on the hard to win with Fripon Al Maury whilst last season’s Champion jockey Phil Collington settled in behind on Taabeer. Fripon Al Maury (Djouras Tu x Fayoum) looked in command throughout and after entering the straight Walker tacked him over to the centre of the track in search of better ground with Taabeer (Vasilisk x Bisbille) in his slipstream, and although the latter tried to rally it was Walker who went clear inside the final furlong to win nicely by two-and-a-half lengths. Taabeer wasn’t disgraced in second and perhaps was feeling the effects of a hard race at Lingfield last week and is worth another chance.

The Millicent Handicap Stakes 0-85 over 1 Mile 2 Furlongs:
1. Angel Picamer Mr. S Walker
2. Muntaliq Mr. P Collington
3. Final Fling Mr. J Akehurst

Distances: 6, 1 ¼ 7 ran

Winner owned and bred by Mrs. Z Angel. Trained by Mr. W Smith.

They set off at a decent clip with Angel Picamer, Pavots Dreamboy, Penny Black and Final Fling all prominent with the rest of the field all closely grouped in behind. From the four furlong marker Angel Picamer was in the lead with Final Fling and Miss Moncrieff both travelling well behind, but it was Final Fling who came with a storming run down the centre of the track inside the final two furlongs and looked to all the world the winner until Simon Walker galvanised Angel Picamer (Amer x Picea HT) who found her second wind inside the final furlong and galloped readily clear to win by six lengths giving Simon Walker and Bill Smith a double and owner/breeder Zelda Angel her first win of the season. Whilst Muntaliq (Izentespeshal x Sophie du Loup) looked outpaced in the final two furlongs before running on strongly up the hill to claim second, just ahead of Final Fling (Djamel x FH Honey Mellon) who’s stamina gave out just up the hill but was a credible third.

The Return to Brighton on 19th September Maiden Stakes over 6 Furlongs:
1. Lama Mr S Walker
2. The Debator Mr. B Adams
3. Yaasah Mr. P Collington

Distances: 5, ½ 4 ran

Winner owned and bred by HH Sheikh Mohammed. Trained by Mr. W Smith.

Lama (Vaniti Suits Me x Geisha Lotoise) looked impressive in the paddock and ran a confident race in the maiden under a superb ride from Simon Walker. Always in command she was travelling with consummate ease from half way, she was ridden out hands and heels up the hill to complete a hatrick for a back to form Bill Smith and Simon Walker. Yaasah is a big scopey filly and she was always going nicely behind the winner but never looked like passing, she looked set for second until The Debator (Bengali D’Albret x Djeba El Mels) briefly outpaced inside the two furlong marker found her stamina reserves in the final furlong and cam home strongly to claim an eye catching second by half a length at the line. Yaasah (Makzan x Tikis Tiffany) wasn’t disgraced in third and is a name to remember for next season.


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