It’s back to the seaside on Thursday 10 August for a six-race card at Brighton.
The south coast track is famous for its undulations and downhill run, and it’s sure to give punters plenty of amusement on Thursday with the opening race due to start at 14:25.
2.25 – Dartman @ 11/2
Dartman was last seen running with credit and finishing fourth in a competitive handicap at York 12 days ago, and Brian Meehan’s charge looks set to go well in the opening seven-furlong handicap.
Brighton and York are completely different circuits, but Dartman has previously run well at Newmarket, which is anything but a flat track, and there is hope that the three-year-old will be at home on the south coast.
A mark of 74 looks workable, and front-running tactics could be seen to good effect under the talented William Carver.
3.30 – Queen Of Steel @ 14/1
Queen Of Steel could be tough to beat in the mile-and-a-half classified stakes at 15:30. Mark Usher’s runner ran well to finish second on her only previous trip to Brighton, which came in handicap company.
The three-year-old is lightly raced and relatively unexposed in this field, having had only eight career starts, and there could well be more to come.
Queen Of Steel drops into classified company after running with credit in a handicap at Bath, another downhill course, last time out and the step up in trip could also bring about an improved showing from Usher’s charge.
4.00 – Bug Boy @ 13/2
Bug Boy scored in good style at Epsom last month before finishing down the field at Ascot last time out. However, Tony Newcombe’s charge was a pretty big eye-catcher under tender handling in Berkshire, and this looks a winnable race for the seven-year-old.
Bug Boy ran with credit in his only previous visit to Brighton, and the fact Newcombe’s runner has won at Epsom, Bath, and Chepstow suggests he will be at home on the south coast.