Barwick bags big Brighton pot
A review of the action from the second day of the August Festival at Brighton, where Barwick took the feature under Cam Hardie.
Fashionable apprentice Cam Hardie helped the frosts4cars.co.uk Brighton Challenge Cup remain in local hands by guiding Lady Herries' Barwick to success.
It is only 20 miles from the course to the trainer's historic establishment at Angmering Park near Littlehampton, a stable best known in recent years for housing the exceptional juvenile Celtic Swing.
Lady Herries, now 76, is rarely seen racing nowadays and Barwick carries the colours of the late Julian Wilson's company, Seymour Bloodstock, a venture continued by some of his associates who received the giant perpetual trophy with delight.
Hardie had finished a slightly unlucky third on the 10/1 chance at Lingfield last time and put things right by coming with a sweeping run to score by three-quarters of a length.
Long-time leader and 5/4 favourite Notarised could only finish fourth.
"He was slowly away and I thought I might be in trouble, but a lot of them were late moving in to the rail and I got a lovely position," said Hardie.
"I had a bad draw at Lingfield last time and I had to use up a lot of gas early, but he still ran well. He quickened away today and was very generous when he hit the front."
Hardie, who is based with Richard Hannon, has been flying high and won the Stewards' Cup consolation race last weekend aboard the Dandy Nicholls-trained Barnet Fair.
"That's 32 winners now, I don't think there'll be too many more as I don't really want to reach 50 and start next season without my 5lb claim," he said.
The track's big meeting of the year has a far more informal feel to the rarefied air of last week's meeting a few miles along the Sussex coast at Goodwood.
Almost toppling from the South Downs into the town below and immortalised by the book Brighton Rock, it still draws an eclectic mixture of tourists and enthusiasts who were on hand to witness course specialist Who's That Chick (7/2) triumph in the Over 300 Used Cars At Frosts Fillies' Handicap.
Andrea Atzeni was given a two-day ban (August 23-24) for failing to ride out Ejadah when his mount could potentially have finished fourth of the five runners.
Richard Hughes had a four-timer on the first afternoon of the August Festival and he carried on where he left at in the opening choicebet.net Money Back Short Head Losers Handicap when 9/4 favourite Ada Lovelace scooted away.
The winner is cleverly named by owner-breeder Donald Clark as the filly's sire is Byron, and Ada Lovelace was the poet Lord Byron's daughter.
Trainer John Gallagher said: "I expected her to win as she was in great form, but I didn't think she'd win as well as that.
"She does get herself very worked up but I thought the five and a half furlongs here would suit."
Clapperboard (6/1) is a hard filly to catch from the front and she did the business in the Howard Education Limited Selling Handicap.
Trainer Paul Fitzsimons had to go to 8,900 guineas to keep her at the auction.
"She's brave," said the Lambourn trainer. "I think I'll give her a break and bring her back for another all-weather campaign now."
Sylvester Kirk is having a good summer and there was another winner for the Lambourn trainer in the TM Lewin Shirts, Suits And More Maiden Auction Stakes.
Percy Veer did not look an obvious candidate based on his Salisbury debut but he had evidently made a step forward at 16/1 as he wore down Arthur's Way and prevailed by half a length over the staying-on Diamond Runner.
Owner Malcolm Crow said: "As the jockey (Silvestre De Sousa) thinks he's still immature, I would think we'll probably put him away now and give him time to grow."
Emman Bee (9/2) took one of her last steps before retirement by winning the Harringtons Lettings Handicap.
Trainer Luke Dace said: "I'm thrilled because she's won every year now and ran well the other day at Newbury. She's in foal to Foxwedge so I'd imagine she'd just have one more run."
Serena Brotherton steered home a rare Brighton runner for Mick Easterby, City Ground (5/2) in the frosts4cars.co.uk On Your Mobile Lady Amateur Riders' Handicap.