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Bee Stinger revelled in his optimum conditions to net the John Smith's Brighton Mile Challenge Trophy ( the richest race of the year at the seaside track.

Ian Wood's charge is at home over the distance on fast ground and he had everything in his favour in the pounds 35,000 race, winning by a length-and-a-quarter under Ryan Moore.

The champion jockey-elect had the 9-2 shot buried behind a wall of horses entering the final couple of furlongs but his mount surged forward when getting a split to leave Katiypour and Voice Mail to fill the minor placings.

Wood said: "He loves a mile on fast ground so we were expecting him to run a big race."

Court order

Ed Dunlop's Sussex Stakes hero Court Masterpiece is to be aimed at the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on September 23.

The six-year-old entire produced a career best effort to score at Glorious Goodwood, and Dunlop now hopes his place at stud will be guaranteed.

"He quickened up very well under Jimmy Fortune, who gave him a great ride," said the Newmarket trainer.

Gee Dee Nen ran a race full of promise to finish a close second in the 12-furlong handicap at Pontefract yesterday on his first start for almost 10 weeks.

Mark Tompkins' three-year-old made the winner, Go Solo, pull out all the stops and after being headed a furlong out battled all the way to the line, only going down by half a length.

That was a decent effort by Gee Dee Nen and with his stable in top form it will not be long before he goes one better.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 10, 2006
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