Festival fan Kelleway gets party started with winner.
IS IT a festival or a carnival? That is one talking point at this three-day jamboree where Gay Kelleway, who has always extolled the virtues of the meeting, again plotted a winner to pay for the partying.
The Horsemen's Group with its tariff guidelines might not consider Brighton's to be a festival in the same way that Cheltenham, Goodwood or Perth are festivals, but that will not bother them at the seaside track.
Yesterday a large crowd flocked to the party town and, were general manager Callum McKay and John Smith's, now into their 11th year as sponsors, to call it a carnival instead, there would surely be few who would disagree.
Kelleway, who has runners at four meetings today, is so in love with the festival that her winner Clear Ice and "unlucky" Brighton Mile third Eastern Gift are booked in for seconds today and tomorrow, although the forecast thunderstorms could rain on that parade.
"I just love this meeting," said the Newmarket trainer, who has fought back from losing three Arab-owned horses this year to leave her with a string of 20, half of whom are on duty today around the country!
Conciliatory talks the talk Conciliatory, something lacking in racing's current vocabulary, lifted the festival's biggest prize, the John Smith's Brighton Mile, for owner-breeder Kirsten Rausing and trainer Rae Guest.
After the four-year-old made light of top weight, reduced 3lb by apprentice Adam Beschizza, in the 15-runner field, the winning trainer said he hoped it would be a prelude to the season's target of black type for the well-bred filly, which could be later this month in Rausing's homeland of Sweden.
Landmark for owner Mould Raymond Mould may be better known for his chasers and hurdlers - and famously former Gold Cup winner Charter Party - but the owner reached a career milestone when Sea Odyssey made short work of his rivals in the nursery to bring up his 300th winner.
Mould has eight horses with winning trainer Barry Hills, whose apprentice Matthew Lawson had brought up one of his landmarks when riding his 20th career winner at Ffos Las late on Tuesday to have his claim cut to 5lb. With the 48-hour grace for pre-booked rides, he made full use of the full 7lb on red-hot favourite and top-weight Sea Odyssey.
Claimers claim the spoils Apprentices failed only at the last to go through the card as Patrick Hills on his uncle John Hills's What About Me, Antioco Murgia on Godolphin outsider Counterglow and Martin Harley on Mick Channon's Silca Conegliano, joined with Beschizza and Lawson for a famous five for the claimers. David Probert was the one to spoil the party on Clear Ice.
Adam Beschizza: rode topweight Conciliatory to victory
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Aug 4, 2011|
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