Joe Tuite went from deflated to elated after Black Kalanisi was awarded victory in the stewards’ room in the Marathonbet “Better Odds Mean Bigger Winnings” Handicap at Brighton.
Passing the post in second behind the Sylvester Kirk-trained Htilominlo, the gelded son of Kalanisi was placed first in the mile-and-a -half contest following a lengthy stewards’ inquiry to complete the Lambourn handler’s well-devised plan.
Tuite said of the 8-1 shot: “I thought it was great prize money for Brighton and after his last run, we got a mark and we decided we would come here and if he handled the track, I thought he had a chance.
“Charlie (Bishop) was adamant that we were going to get the result. He jumped off and didn’t want to speak and said ‘I will get this in the stewards’ room as we were murdered out there’.”
Already a winner over hurdles, Black Kalanisi could be set for a spell over fences later in the year following his exploits on the level.
Tuite added: “There are a few nice races coming up over the next month or six weeks. We could go to Goodwood or Epsom for the jump jockeys’ race and let Daryl Jacob get back on him as he won’t be happy as he is running on the Flat!
“He is horse that I hope to win over fences with. He will do a lot in his career.”
Tom Marquand took the riding plaudits after securing a near 180-1 treble completed by the length victory of the Tony Carroll-trained Long Call in the Download The Marathonbet App Handicap.
The 2015 champion apprentice said: “Brighton has been a pretty good track to me over the last few years and Tony Carroll has always helped provide us with a few winners.
“You want to ride winners at the likes of Ascot and Goodwood, but a Brighton treble will suffice.
On the 17-2 winner, Carroll added: “The race was set up for him nicely as it fell apart in front and he has ended up winning nicely.”
Imbucato showed no signs of running at the track on Wednesday having had a detrimental effect when getting the ball rolling for both Marquand and Carroll in the Golden Lion Group Selling Handicap.
Carroll said of the 11-8 winner: “He was unlucky yesterday and he should have finished first or second. As long as there was enough petrol in the tank, we wanted to take our chance today as this was the weaker race.”
Luck may have deserted Lambourn handler Kirk in the feature race, but newcomer Anna Of Sussex (7-1) ensured he was on the score sheet when forming the middle leg of Marquand’s haul in the IMF Independent Motor Factors Median Auction Stakes.
Marquand said: “Sylvester doesn’t have a phenomenal record first time out, but he does get them fit and ready. Every time I gave her a bit more, she gave me a bit back.”
Megan Nicholls got her timing spot on to give trainer Brian Ellison a rare winner at the track when getting Pickett’s Charge up in the closing strides to clinch the Silk Series Lady Riders’ Handicap by a neck.
Nicholls said of the 3-1 winner: “He’s a horse that definitely thinks about it in front and Brian said don’t get there too soon, but I’d said he was screaming for me at the half-furlong pole.
“He did it nicely in the end and stuck his neck out and it was good to get his head in front.”