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STAR PREVIEW Thurs: Star Sports Brighton Festival | Day Two

Preview readers nearly had a brilliant start to the meeting as The Defiant motored through the opener like the in-form horse that he is, but sadly he’d just gone a tad too hard and was collared by Antiphon and Street Parade.

Global Style didn’t travel anywhere near as well as one had hoped and was disappointing, with stablemate Temur Khan showing a good attitude to take the Selling Handicap.

The Covex Kid travelled all over his rivals in the Brighton Mile showed a good attitude to get the better of runner up English Spirit. He’s improved hand over first this season and may have another prize in him, with seven furlongs looking like an option given how well he travelled through the race.

However, our first day was just about saved by the late charge of Bear To Dream, who fell out of the stalls but came with a withering run to take the last in the style of a horse who could win again at the same level. That means we’re only just behind going into day 2.

The winner of the day was Tony Carroll, the Brighton specialist who landed a double thanks to Thunderoad and Temur Khan whilst also having a second with Somedayonedaynever. Followers on Twitter will have had the benefit of Carroll’s own confidence:

There was a nail-biting finish to the first which triggered our PIPPED offer – where you can get your win stake refunded up to £50 if you’re beaten by a neck or less – and don’t forget that it’s running on all races from Brighton over the next two days!

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There are some illustrious names going for the Star Sports Brighton Challenge Cup (3.20) and Alan King looks to have a really good shot at the prize with Caramelised, a dual purpose performer who didn’t land a blow in the Sumer Handicap hurdle at Market Rasen but has strong prospects here.

A smooth travelling winner of a Bath handicap over 1m5f two starts ago, the form of that race has been well franked with the third, fifth, and eighth all winning since, and a 4lbs rise seems more than fair on that basis. The worry for him is getting a good gallop to aim at – but assuming an even tempo, few ought to be finishing better.

The race is full of threats, but Night Eagle, Percy Jones, Postwick and Bug Boy were closest on the shortlist – with Pery jones of major interest if any rain comes through the day, although the forecast is dry and temperatures are high.

The first juvenile contest of the week is the Nursery (1.50) where Made of Lir is currently favourite after finishes of fourth and third in nurseries at Southwell and Ffos Las. She found six furlongs on soft ground too far last time and should be happier here but doesn’t set an insurmountable standard based on that.

Let’s Celebrate – like the rest of the field – hasn’t shown a huge amount but it’s notable that her best run by some distance came when dropped down to five furlongs at Bath, and whilst she was last that day, she was beaten just a length and three quarters. A mark of 46 might be fair given that she recorded an RPR of 57 that day and she might be the selection in a trappy contest.

The market can’t split Arclight and Wisper in the 2.50 but Wisper’s form this season reads very well and Marcus Tregoning’s four-year-old filly gets the vote. She has impressed with contrasting wins over course and distance this season off marks of 58 and 61, and she ran a very creditable race at Epsom off 66, when getting outsprinted by Night of Luxury in a four-runner contest.

Inspirited is surely to be popular in the maiden (2.20) as she showed more ability on her debut than the rest of those who had run put together – but she’s showing up at 1/2 early on and that’s short enough to beat a newcomer owned by the smart Nick Bradley.

Night of Luxury was winning his second race in three starts this season since returning from Dubai and his one defeat came in a strong Sandown handicap where the third (only a neck ahead) went and won next time. If repeating the form she’s shown this season, Wisper can go close.

The Ebony Horse Club Handicap (3.50) looks very tight on paper with recent course and distance 1-2-3 Retrouvailles, Bbob Alula and Sly Madam all reopposing. The market has them in that order again (with Retrouvailles and Bbob Alula first and second in the betting) and those pries look fair without being overly generous.

Finding an angle into the Classified Stakes that isn’t one of the favourites was tough – the favourite looks best in at the weights but none of the horses appealed much as a betting proposition.

The closing apprentice handicap (4.50) may be the second best race of the day with Fangan an impressive last time out winner, Macs Dilemma boasting strong form, and Tintoretto promising to be a threat with a clearer run than last time whilst King of War was most unlucky to have his saddle slip last time out. Macs Dilemma would be the pick but it’s a tight contest – probably too tight to tip in.

Tipping Contest Guide:

1.50: Let’s Celebrate

Much improved performance at 5f last time and mark appears fair for local master

2.20: Inspirited

Showed more than rest of those with previous experience put together

2.50: Wisper (NAP)

Dual course and distance winner who’s shown fine form this season for new stable this season

3.20: Caramelised

Impressive winner at Bath two starts ago and has had that form franked

3.50: Retrouvallies

Only a neck in it over Bbob Alula and Sly Madam last time but Benoit De La Sayette’s 3lbs claim a major help

4.20: Voodoo Ray

Needs first-time blinkers to have a positive effect here but 5lbs drop and Rhys Clutterbuck’s 3lbs claim enhances chance

4.55: Macs Dilemma

Behind two last-time-out winners at Newmarket and repeat will have him right in there

BACK Wisper 1pt win in 2.50 Brighton at 2/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
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PROFIT/LOSS (AUGUST 2022): LOSS -0.25 points
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