Mixed fortunes for hat-trick hero Catlin

Chris Catlin's Brighton treble was soured by picking up a suspension that rules him out for three days of the Glorious Goodwood meeting.

Punishment by the stewards is a hot topic at the moment with Richard Hughes opting to take a holiday rather than risk picking up a ban at a potentially lucrative time.

Catlin, who would not have the same sort of selection of rides at the other Sussex venue as his colleague, will be out for July 27, 29 and 30 for allowing Mandhooma to "drift left-handed into the whip for a considerable period" in the 3663 First For Food Service Handicap.

"I think it's a bit harsh as there was slight interference after the line," said Catlin.

"I was hoping to ride at Goodwood so I might appeal. We'll see."

Catlin had mastered the ground bias on the idiosyncratic track as he went widest of all on Mandhooma, who was completing a hat-trick of Brighton victories in a fortnight.

Peter Hiatt's filly scored over six and then five furlongs at the last couple of meetings, but was inexplicably sent off at 8-1 as she picked off her opponents with stealth tactics to defeat 11-8 favourite Piazza San Pietro by a head.

"She just seems to be coming to herself, and she does love it here," mused Hiatt.

"Chris said if they went down the middle, then he would go wide.

"I'm not sure she will go over five again, but now we have started holding her up, I think she could get seven furlongs. Any time there's a race here, she'll be there."

The Banbury trainer is finding things picking up a little, adding: "We were very quiet on the all-weather but they are running well. Very Well Red has won three as well, so I've no problem with fillies."

Catlin kidded home the quirky Best One (12-1) for Ron Harris in the Hardings Catering Handicap, while things were fairly simple for 13-8 favourite Celestial Girl in the hardingscatering.co.uk Handicap.

Hughie Morrison's filly won at the last meeting despite shirking when a flock of seagulls took off at the furlong marker and with no avian distraction this time, she pulled a long way clear.

Miss Moneypenni (5-2) served notice of a recovery at Nick Littmoden's stable in the Catering Services International Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

The nicely-named but cheaply-purchased juvenile by Monsieur Bond had been eighth in a strong maiden at Newmarket last time and was well in command with two furlongs to run.

Owner Ross Hartshorn said: "She wasn't accepted at the sales, but the breeder very kindly let us have her for next to nothing.

"The winner at Newmarket, Sweet Cecily, looks very good but we ran on our own in the middle and weren't beaten that far. I think she's a lot better than that run."

"Nick hasn't had a lot of luck, but he had a winner yesterday too and he has a lot of ammunition left."

A move to Andy Haynes' stable has transformed Fire King (9-4 favourite) and he scored for the Limpley Stoke trainer for the first time in the IT First Handicap, while Kieren Fox showed his experience on Le Corvee (7-2) in the Blakes Butchers Apprentice Handicap.

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