Loughnane signs off on a high
Mark Loughnane declared his intention to complete his ambitions for the year as he signed off with a winner from his final runner at Brighton.
A trainer in Ireland for a decade but now relocated to Staffordshire, Loughnane will not be able to make entries until December after a sample of the banned substance Acepromazine (ACP) was found in his horse Logans Lad following a stalls test at Wolverhampton on March 28.
He was also found guilty of attempting to mislead British Horseracing Authority officials during the initial investigation and is now due to start a four-month entry suspension.
He has finished with a rattle, as For Shia And Lula (3/1) was following on from the victory of stablemate Combustible at Ffos Las on Monday as he held Dancing Welcome by a neck in the Brighton Boat Sales And Sea Ray Selling Handicap.
"That's the last runner until after December 8," said Loughnane. "It's a disaster for us, but I made an error of judgement and it won't happen again. I imagine I'll take the wife and kids off for a holiday for a few weeks and come back better and stronger.
"Most of the horses will go off for a break until the all-weather season, although naturally one or two will move on.
"It's such a shame as the yard is flying, that's 24 winners for the year and the target was 25. I'll get that when I come back. I'd like to thank the owners for being so good about it."
For Shia And Lula is owned by footballers Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Steven Fletcher and Stephen Ward, who are among a number of players involved with Loughnane's operation.
Beacon Lady has become a true local favourite and she now has her name engraved on the grand trophy for the frosts4cars.co.uk Brighton Challenge Cup.
All four of the chestnut's victories have been on the seaside rollercoaster course and Littlehampton trainer William Knight still has her declared on Friday's concluding afternoon of the August Festival.
Coming in now trademark style, wide and late, Beacon Lady (9/1) was angled through wide and later under Darren Egan to win easily.
"She started winning off a very low mark and we thought we were being a bit ambitious here but she has gone from strength to strength," said Knight.
"It's fantastic. She's in tomorrow and she might well run again, depending how she is. It might be greedy going for just a two grand race, though.
"Bert Black, one of her owners, said he got the trophy 20 years ago with a horse called Glide Path, and it's great prize money."
Wonders have been worked to make Amenable (5/2) more like his name and he made it three consecutive wins in just a few days in the BetVictor.com Handicap.
Owner Stephen Arnold, who has the gelding with Violet Jordan in Warwickshire, said: "When he came to us his head was fried - he wouldn't go on the gallops and he would bleed. Tom Molloy, who rides out for us every day, has done an incredible job with him and he's loving life now. He's in at Nottingham and Carlisle on Tuesday and he'll go to one of those before the handicapper crucifies him."
Andrew Balding's If (8/13 favourite), second at Epsom last time, won a five-runner squareonefinancial.co.uk Wealthbuilder Maiden Auction Stakes in the style he was entitled to.
"I know he has run at Epsom and Brighton now, but a more conventional track would suit him. He's going the right way," the trainer said.
Curly Come Home (4/1) and George Baker flashed past Ryan Moore and 11/8 favourite Love Magic to get back on track in the Over 300 Used Cars At Frosts Fillies' Handicap while Pour La Victoire (3/1) lived up to his name in the Harringtons Lettings Handicap.
Hayley Moore steered her father Gary 's Whinging Willie (5/4 favourite) to a narrow victory in the Frosts Chevrolet Lady Amateur Riders' Handicap.