King reigns Supreme at Brighton

King Supreme orchestrated the perfect moment to curtail a long run of seconds and thirds with victory in the £20,000 Brighton Challenge Cup.

King Supreme orchestrated the perfect moment to curtail a long run of seconds and thirds with victory in the £20,000 Brighton Challenge Cup.

The South Coast track's management could not have picked a better afternoon for Ladies' Day with sweltering conditions allowing the Pimm's to flow freely on the lawns.

The mile-and-a-half handicap was King Supreme's own day in the sun as he had placed in lesser events all season, but off bottom weight and a new association with jockey Tadgh O'Shea he was able to fend off the equally consistent Spring Dream to oblige by a length at 7-1.

Richard Hannon junior, son and assistant trainer to his father Richard, said: "He just didn't quite go through with it at Windsor last time but he's picked his day as this is a nice prize to win.

"I think it was only Tadgh's second ride for the owners, and now he's won two.

"We could look at York for the horse, although he's helped himself to make a jumper when he goes through the sales later in the year."

Ironically, the stable's regular rider Richard Hughes took the runner-up spot on Spring Dream.

The Magic Of Rio (5-1), who was not quite good enough to make an impression in the Super Sprint at Newbury, found the toteplacepot Nursery more within her compass as she continued the fine run of trainer William Haggas.

Part-owner Michael Scotney said: "She's a good fun filly.

"We knew she had a lot to do in the Super Sprint but all she does is give 100%.

"I am sure William will know where to send her now."

Cavendish Road's previous efforts promoted him to 2-1 favourite in the toteswinger Maiden Auction Stakes and he got the run of the race under Richard Hughes to lead throughout.

"He ran below form at Pontefract last time, which I would put down to the ground," said Jonathan Jannaway, representing trainer William Muir.

"He'll probably get a mile, so I should think he will run in a mile nursery next."

There was a welcome winner for Jonathan Geake's Andover yard as 16-1 chance Palais Polaire finally shed her maiden tag in the New Somerfield Brighton North Street Fillies' Handicap.

Marlborough-based Martin Bosley is on the lookout for a new stable and helped himself to some welcome advertising as another rather out-of-form character Lopinot (9-1) dominated in the Totesport 0800 221 221 Handicap.

"My yard is likely to be sold and I've been to look at a couple recently - I'd like to stay fairly local," said Bosley.

"George Baker was going to ride him but he wanted to ride Prince Valentine so we got Fergus Sweeney - who usually rides Prince Valentine himself.

"Fergus said he still had a fair bit in hand."

Rae Guest's yard has hit a formidable winning streak of late and 7lb claimer William Carson continued the momentum in the totexacta Brighton Handicap as he kidded home 2-1 favourite Filligree just half a length in front of Artistic License.

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