Brighton Course Guide

Brighton stages meetings throughout the summer and the racecourse has views over both the sea and the city. It hosts a three-day festival in August including the most valuable race in its calendar, the John Smith’s Brighton Mile Challenge Trophy. The handicap is open to three-year-olds and older horses and regularly attracts sizable fields.

Racing on the downs high above the city, runners over 12 furlongs at Brighton have to negotiate left and right turns as well as a sharp downhill descent into the straight before a stiff climb to the line. For that reason, comparisons are drawn between Brighton and Epsom, though other tracks such as Goodwood, Lingfield (turf), Salisbury and Bath are not dissimilar.

Flat Racing

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Left handed, sharp. 'U' shaped and around twelve furlongs in length, the pronounced gradients make it a track for handy types rather than big, long-striding sorts, though those very enterprisingly ridden can be caught out by the uphill finish. A course where bunching on the rail can occur due to the camber towards the inside of the track, especially in races contested by inexperienced sorts, many tending to hang. When the ground gets testing it often pays to switch towards the stand side inside the last three furlongs.

Horses need to handle all sorts at Brighton, with left-hand and right-hand turns, an uphill section and a sharp decline. That combination catches out a lot of runners. It can be ideal for what you might call ‘clever’ types, though, because the stables are at the end of the straight, so horses are running back to where they’ve come from after the home turn. What you can’t afford to do is get one unbalanced coming down the hill. If you do, you’ll struggle to get back on an even keel for the run to the line.

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Replays & Results

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14:00 British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes

(Class 5) (5f 215y)
Brown and light green stripes, light green sleeves and cap (Mrs Susan Neville & Mr Mike George)
  • Winner: Sing Out Loud
  • Jockey: A Kirby
  • Trainer: G L Moore
  • Owner: Mrs Susan Neville & Mr Mike George

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14:30 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Median Auction Stakes

(Class 5) (7f 211y)
Red, emerald green epaulets and armlets (Jacobs Construction & Mr J Harley)
  • Winner: King Of The Sand
  • Jockey: A Kirby
  • Trainer: G L Moore
  • Owner: Jacobs Construction & Mr J Harley

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15:05 Brighton Lions Firework Night 5 November Handicap (Div 1)

(Class 6) (7f 211y)
Maroon, grey chevron (Winning Connections Racing)
  • Winner: Break The Silence
  • Jockey: K T O'Neill
  • Trainer: S Dixon
  • Owner: Winning Connections Racing

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15:35 Brighton Lions Firework Night 5 November Handicap (Div 2)

(Class 6) (7f 211y)
White, black star, black sleeves, white stars, white cap, black stars (Mrs J M Haines)
  • Winner: Pick A Little
  • Jockey: Mitch Godwin
  • Trainer: M Blake
  • Owner: Mrs J M Haines

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16:05 Loud Shirt Brewing Co Brighton Handicap

(Class 6) (1m 1f 207y)
Emerald green, yellow stars, emerald green sleeves, red armlets, emerald green cap, yellow star (Mr D Tunmore & Mr John Berry)
  • Winner: Sussex Girl
  • Jockey: Nicola Currie
  • Trainer: John Berry
  • Owner: Mr D Tunmore & Mr John Berry

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16:40 Love Fairs Antique Fair 22 October Handicap

(Class 5) (6f 210y)
Black and yellow diamonds, black sleeves, yellow cap (Mr J Palmer-brown & Mr R Hannon)
  • Winner: Procurator
  • Jockey: Hollie Doyle
  • Trainer: R Hannon
  • Owner: Mr J Palmer-brown & Mr R Hannon

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17:10 Santa Fun Run 25 November Handicap

(Class 6) (5f 215y)
Royal blue, orange chevrons, royal blue sleeves, orange cap (Mascalls Stud)
  • Winner: Rebel Heart
  • Jockey: William Carson
  • Trainer: W G M Turner
  • Owner: Mascalls Stud

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17:40 wildstrawberryevents.com Christmas Fair 2 December Handicap

(Class 5) (5f 60y)
Yellow, maroon chevron, striped cap (Mr J Holcombe)
  • Winner: Spirit Of Rosanna
  • Jockey: Adam Beschizza
  • Trainer: Steph Hollinshead
  • Owner: Mr J Holcombe
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Freshfield Road
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