NFU Mutual Brighton & Hove Handicap 1m 1f 209y
- (3yo+, 1m 1f 209y, Class 5, 8 runners)
- Winner £2,588 2nd £770 3rd £385 4th £192
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 5.25s
- Off time: 16:00:19
|1st||2 Ana Shababiya||8/1|
|2nd||1 Whitby Jet||nk||8/1|
Whitby Jet (IRE) 7
|6||136 9-10||E F Vaughan||Hector Crouch (7)||70||8/1|
Ana Shababiya (IRE) 26
|4||132 9-6||I Mohammed||T P Queally||66||8/1|
Minstrel Lad 17
|6||130 9-4||Mrs L Pearce||Simon Pearce (3)||64||8/1|
|8||130 9-4 b||L Carter||A Quinn||64||10/1|
Light Of Asia (IRE) 27
|3||129 9-3 b1||E A L Dunlop||R L Moore||70||9/4j|
|3||127 9-1 h||A M Balding||R Hughes||68||9/4j|
Lexington Blue 116
|4||126 9-0||J W Mullins||S J Drowne||60||40/1|
|3||125 8-13||P W Chapple-Hyam||R Havlin||66||12/1|
||3||9-1||J Tate||N Callan||5/6|
Light Of Asia went to Ffos Las with what looked a favourite's chance after two fine runs over a mile but didn't appear to handle the soft ground or the longer trip. Bennelong rarely runs on Turf these days and is better on Polytrack though rated the same. Whitby Jet hasn't won on Turf for three years so it's MINSTREL LAD who is given the nod. He likes a bit of cut in the ground so connections will be hoping it doesn't dry up and he wasn't beaten far over this trip on soft going at Newmarket last time. Darting faded in the closing stages when tackling this trip for the first time at Nottingham but has been given a chance by the assessor and looks a threat. Alphabetique failed to stay 1m4f last time and is better judged on earlier efforts over this trip.
Ana Shababiya (IRE) 25-1 (9-8) Took keen hold, led after 1f, ridden 3f out, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 12l behind Sleeper (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f flls hcp (0-70) (3yo+) (5) pol in Aug.
Whitby Jet (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Soon pushed along in rear, outpaced halfway, rallied over 1f out, stayed on strongly to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Starwatch (10-0) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Aug.
Bennelong 7-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, pushed along and kept on inside final furlong, went 4th towards finish, never nearer, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Lily Edge (9-11) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Darting 10-1 (9-4) Led 2f, pressed winner, ridden and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Inevitable (9-2) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Alphabetique 10-1 (9-5) Raced wide always in rear, 6th of 7, 19l behind Statsminister (9-6) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Light Of Asia (IRE) 6-4fav (9-3) Tracked leading trio, smooth headway on outside into 2nd over 2f out, ridden and lost 2nd entering final furlong, kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Golden Jubilee (9-6) at Ffos Las 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Minstrel Lad 8-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, raced wide, headway 7f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, edged left entering final furlong, headed and no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 1l behind Charlie Wells (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug.
Lexington Blue 9-2 (8-13) Always behind, last of 6, 23l behind Lyric Piece (9-1) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug '13.