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Mega win for Bridger team

Teenager Megalala once again demonstrated his love of Brighton with a seventh victory at the track in the Mayo Wynne Baxter Apprentice Handicap

Trainer John Bridger has had the 13-year-old through his whole career, with Megalala notching up 16 previous wins, including on his last outing at this track nearly two weeks ago.

Ridden positively by apprentice Cam Hardie, who rode a winner at Lingfield on Good Friday's Finals day, the 15-8 shot had three and a half lengths in hand of Salient when he crossed the line.

"He is such a genuine horse," said Hardie.

"He made all last time and has run another great race today, I don't know what else to say.

"Mr Bridger told me he can be a bit slow into his stride, but if I got in front to try and stay there. He told me to kick on at the top of the bend because he handles it well and he still quickens when you give him a tap."

The feature EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies' Handicap went the way of another front-running ride from Rosie Jessop on Boonga Roogeta (11-4).

A non-runner in the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket on Sunday, a race she ran in 12 months ago, the mare held off man-of-the-moment Kieren Fallon on Gay Kelleway's Yojojo by the narrowest of margins.

"I was aware of the other horse in the last few strides," Jessop told At The Races.

"This filly is so game, she sticks her neck out when you need it the most.

"I set a steady gallop all the way to try to save something for the finish."

Winning trainer Peter Charalambous said: "She's tough, I thought she'd need the run today and I'm sure she'll come on for it.

"She won three on the bounce last year then got a splint and it bothered her for the rest of the year.

"There's a race at Doncaster in two weeks, or we might go looking for some black type in France."

Martin Dwyer took the riding honours with a double.

He struck first on George Baker's Ishiamber (7-2) in the Brighton And Hove Buses Handicap and followed up on Lady Horatia (13-8 favourite) in the following Brighton Thistle Hotel Handicap for his father-in-law William Muir.

Charlie Hills' Iftaar finally opened his account in the Donatello Italian Restaurant Maiden Stakes.

Sent off the 4-5 favourite, his first two runs last season were promising but his form tailed off and he was gelded over the winter.

Dane O'Neill did the steering and said: "He showed plenty of gate speed to get to the rail and when I went for him, he quickened up well.

"Hopefully we'll have some fun with him this summer. He's well balanced and will handle the all-weather.

"Seven furlongs is far enough for him and we'll just see what Charlie does."

Dean Ivory's 2-1 favourite Crystalized won the Winner Plant Hire Classified Stakes in the hands of Fergus Sweeney while Hamoody ((6-1) took the closing James Ross Jewellers (Brighton) Handicap.