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

13:30 Call Star Sports On 08000 521 321 / EBF Maiden Stakes

(Class 5) (5f 213y)
Royal blue (Godolphin)
  • Winner: Gmaash
  • Jockey: Jim Crowley
  • Trainer: S bin Suroor
  • Owner: Godolphin

14:00 EBF Median Auction Maiden Stakes

(Class 5) (7f 214y)
White, red diamonds, dark blue sleeves, red cap (Mr Donald R Dizney)
  • Winner: Diamond Bear
  • Jockey: L Morris
  • Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott
  • Owner: Mr Donald R Dizney

14:30 Brighton & Hove Albion Supporting AITC Handicap (Div 1)

(Class 6) (7f 214y)
Royal blue and yellow (halved), chevrons on sleeves, royal blue cap (Mr D Morgan)
  • Winner: Admirable Art
  • Jockey: A Kirby
  • Trainer: A W Carroll
  • Owner: Mr D Morgan

15:05 Brighton & Hove Albion Supporting AITC Handicap (Div 2)

(Class 6) (7f 214y)
White, black chevron and armlets, black and white check cap (Boardman, Golder, Sercombe & Viall I)
  • Winner: Carcharias
  • Jockey: Jim Crowley
  • Trainer: Ed De Giles
  • Owner: Boardman, Golder, Sercombe & Viall I

15:40 Albion In The Community Charity Handicap

(Class 6) (1m 1f 209y)
Maroon, white chevron, armlets and diamond on cap (Stuart Leigh & Margaret Kidger)
  • Winner: Maverik
  • Jockey: Tom Marquand
  • Trainer: Miss A Brewer
  • Owner: Stuart Leigh & Margaret Kidger

16:15 Handicap

(Class 5) (6f 209y)
Red, royal blue epaulets, royal blue sleeves, red armlets, white cap (Mr A W Carroll)
  • Winner: Evanescent
  • Jockey: George Downing
  • Trainer: A W Carroll
  • Owner: Mr A W Carroll

16:50 AITC Giving People A Chance Handicap

(Class 6) (5f 213y)
Royal blue, yellow stars, yellow and royal blue check sleeves, royal blue cap, yellow star (Mr Ian Furlong)
  • Winner: Suni Dancer
  • Jockey: George Downing
  • Trainer: A W Carroll
  • Owner: Mr Ian Furlong

17:20 Support Albion In The Community Today Handicap

(Class 5) (5f 59y)
Pink, dark blue stars, pink cap (Caveat Emptor Partnership)
  • Winner: Bahamian Sunrise
  • Jockey: F Sweeney
  • Trainer: J Gallagher
  • Owner: Caveat Emptor Partnership
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