Monday August 1

Feature tomorrow at Brighton, one of the highlights of the second week of the ‘Sussex Fortnight’, is the £20,000 Brighton Challenge Cup, won twice in the late 60’s by that brilliant racemare Park Top, who the following season shot to stardom when winning the Coronation Cup, Hardwicke and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Now a 0-80 handicap, William Hunter, who represents Barbury in the main event, won’t be running into any Park Tops, but it still looks a competitive race, though Alan is hoping that he can go close.

He said:”William Hunter might appreciate dropping back in trip, having looked to not quite get home over 14 furlongs at Sandown last time. He had previously won over this distance at Windsor and has enjoyed a good summer and still seems in good nick at home. It will be his first time on the track, but, hopefully, he will cope with the undulations.”

Both our two-year-olds ran well at Salisbury yesterday, and fingers crossed the latest newcomer, Amadeus Rox, will do likewise when he makes his debut in the auction maiden at Wolverhampton tomorrow night. He is by Falco, a stallion who was responsible for Odeliz, a Group 1 winner for Kark Burke at Deauville this time last year.

Looking at this week’s revised BHA handicap ratings, I see that three of our recent jumping winners have taken a hike, Presenting Lisa having gone up 15lb and Miss Crick and Precision Five 5lb each.