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Bucks will appreciate the stiffer test on ground that should be to his liking; Race of the Day 4.15 Brighton.

Byline: Andrew Scutts Brighton Challenge Cup Handicap (1m4f) Notable runners Charlie Kennet is on a four-timer, having won over ten furlongs at Lingfield, Windsor and Leicester. Otago - a non-runner at Doncaster on Saturday due to returning ``slightly lame'' from a warm-up gallop according to his trainer - is the only other last-time-out winner in the field, and beat his John Best-trained stablemate Willhego at Newmarket 18 days ago. Joint top-weight Resonate finished third in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock at the beginning of July, while Bucks, Mister Right and Lola Sapola all filled the same position on their last outings. P aul Cole saddles three runners, Secretary General, Aylmer Roadand League Of Nations, while Desert Island Disc bids to win this race for the second successive year.

Quotes Tony Newcombe, trainer of Resonate ``He's got a fair chance. He hardly ever runs a bad race. He hacked up at Epsom last year, so should handle Brighton. The only reservation is that he likes fast ground, so we'd like the ground to dry up a bit.''

Dean Ivory, trainer of Bucks ``He's fit and well, will enjoy the stiffer track and has been placed at Brighton before. There's been a bit of rain, which will help, and he should go close under Shane Kelly, who is a very good pilot.''

John Hills, trainer of Dancing Lyra ``He has two ways of running. If he has his going-forward cap on, he should go very well. He's working well and I'm happy with him. We're putting a tongue-tie on, more in theory that it may help him rather than knowledge.''

Dominic Ffrench Davis, trainer of Mister Right ``He's been in very good form on the racetrack and appears to still be in good shape. He's a well-balanced horse who travels well, so Brighton shouldn't be a problem. He's not a difficult ride, and good ground or faster would suit.''

John Best, trainer of Otago and Willhego ``Of the two, I'd favour Otago after the way he won at Newmarket, although he doesn't always perform the same every time. He's in great form, the trip is not a problem, but his draw [17] is a disadvantage, unless it turns soft and they come up the stands' side. Willhego isn't well-drawn [15] either. You'd think he'd improve more from Newmarket than Otago, and how often could you race a horse rated 59 in a pounds 30,000 handicap?''

Heidi Sweeting, trainer of Charlie Kennet ``He's come out of his Leicester race well, has won over 12 furlongs and the rain was welcome. The only unknown is the course but, with the prize-money on offer, it's worth taking the chance that he'll handle it.''

Jeremy Naylor, trainer of Desert Island Disc ``She's well handicapped on her old form, is a course specialist and in good heart. Eddie Creighton gave her a nice ride at Sandown last time, given she was badly interfered with. It's competitive, but we'd like to think she'll run a big race.''

Gay Kelleway, trainer of Vamose ``He's well handicapped and he's just been very weak and has taken a long time to come to himself. He's been crying out for a trip, should handle the track and is in good order. We've just been waiting for the right race.''
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 2, 2005
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