Favourites struggle in Brighton

Brighton Racecourse’s spring racing schedule continued Wednesday with a busy evening line-up that provided plenty of shocks as several pre-race favourites struggled on the flat.

The opening race of the meet provided a shock as Crystal Deauville, 9/1 fifth-favourite, triumphed in the 5f 60y toteplacepot Handicap as S.W. Kelly rode home on the Gay Kelleway trained three-year-old. Pre-race 13/8 favourite finished fourth in the six-horse field, behind Forever in Love and Three Little Birds.

In the 5.35 6f 210y Handicap, Rivas Rob Roy defied the odds to win ahead of the Sir Alex Ferguson-owned Chess Move. Priced as the 7/1 fifth-favourite before the start, the three-year-old ridden by Joey Haynes finished ahead of 10/3 favourite Sociologist, who came home in fourth.

K.T. O’Neill was victorious in the 6.10 Colour Obstacle Rush Brighton 12 May Handicap aboard 5/1 third-favourite Live Dangerously, trained by J J Bridger. In a congested field, the eight-year-old earned a second consecutive win at Brighton ahead of Robert the Painter and the favourite, Ettie Hart.

The 5.00 EBF Novice Median Auction Stakes saw the only occasion where the favourite won as Tin Hat finished ahead of the field having been priced as low as 1/4 pre-race. The placings went as predicted with Swiss Chime in second, followed by Coach Trip and One One Seven.

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