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Junoesque: six-time winner at Brighton looking for new success on Monday
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Monday: 3.15 Brighton
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Mahanakhon Power will play his 11th round of the year if he lines up just two days after his meteoric victory at Chelmsford on Saturday night, but he appears to be thriving in the race.
The four-year-old only raced five times when he was part of King Power and coached by Andrew Balding last season, but his potential has not been missed by new owners The Horse Watchers, who have him. collected for 24,000 gns at Tattersalls in October, and he begins to reimburse that price.
Mahanakhon Power carries a 5-pound penalty for his success at Chelmsford, but Mick Appleby has a 19% strike rate with horses reappearing within seven days of a win in the past five seasons and that compares favorably to a record by only 10% with all winners next time.
William Buick is an eye-catching reservation. He’s only ridden once for The Horse Watchers and that was on Escalating, who finished third in a York handicap over five years ago.
Brighton is nothing more than a specialist track and Junoesque loves it here. She has six wins, a second and a third out of 11 races on the course and two of those wins have come in her last two starts.
A three-time course and distance winner, Junoesque only gained 2 pounds for her last win here this month and is fairly treated with a 58 rating. She has won 65 in the past.
Cafe Sydney is the only other winner in the race and is 1-4 on the track.
Race Analysis by Graeme Rodway
What they say
John Gallagher, Junoesque trainer
She clearly enjoys the course, and the terrain shouldn’t be a problem for her. She’s in good shape and won well there last time around so I’m expecting a big run from her. I think she’s probably better on faster ground than on slow ground even though she’s a big mare and has a long stride.
Mick Appleby, Mahanakhon Power trainer
He won well on Saturday and I still don’t know if we will revive him as quickly or not. But if he runs, he has a reasonable chance and the fast terrain will suit him.
Gary Moore, Platinum Prince Coach
I’m intensifying it while traveling, which I hope will help. If we continue to have a nice downpour and the ground is fine, it should have every chance.
George Baker, Azor Ahai trainer
He is in good shape and has come back from some free time. Hopefully he can regain the form that saw him win at Lingfield last year.
John Ryan, Catch My Breath trainer
He ran well last time at Newmarket for over a mile and a quarter and I hope he can get back to his old form and have a great race. I think he can handle Brighton, the course is going to be pretty quick and it will be good for him. has a chance in every way.
Reporting by Catherine Macrae
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FIRST PUBLISHED AT 6:00 PM, AUGUST 22, 2021