The challenge of Brighton’s quirks is met with relish

GRAND VIZIER bolted up this afternoon at Brighton to win for the 7th time – but only his 2nd on turf – in a 7 furlong handicap.  RAted 80+ on the all-weather, he has slipped to 63 on turf.  On this showing, he should be able to follow up.

A winter all-weather programme had gone awry when he got a mild virus at the wrong time and he was not himself for several months.  Returning on turf at Yarmouth and then finishing 3rd at Goodwood, he showed signs of well-being.  The plan to enter at  Brighton in preference to other opportunities in the hope of the quirky course giving him something fresh to think about worked well.

Jack Mitchell, winning on him for the 3rd time, was at him early on, following the race, until bursting through to lead with a couple of furlongs to go.  Going clear, Jack was able to look behind him and coast in for a 1 1/4 lengths victory for HINTLESHAM SP PARTNERS Sue Cunningham and Peter Brown who have enjoyed several winners of 5 races or more selected by Allan Bloodlines and trained by Chris Wall.