Turf Talk: Step up in trip at Brighton will suit Harbour Rock

David Simcock's charge Harbour Rock should enjoy the step up in trip at Brighton.
David Simcock's charge Harbour Rock should enjoy the step up in trip at Brighton.
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Harbour Rock fell short for his supporters last time out but those that keep the faith can be rewarded in the Marathonbet Non-League Challenge Handicap at Brighton.

David Simcock’s charge will be having just his fifth career outing in this event, but will also be stepping up to 10 furlongs for the first time in a move that looks sure to suit.

The three-year-old has been campaigned solely over a mile so far, running twice as a juvenile with credit before eventually opening his account at the third time of asking at Goodwood in June.

He proved pretty game to win on that occasion and just failed to follow up when switched to handicap company, taking a touch too long to really hit top gear before being beaten a touch under a length by the eased-down winner.

Given the time it took for Harbour Rock’s challenge to begin in earnest that day, the change in distance looks a logical step as he certainly was not stopping in the finish and his mark of 80 remains competitive.

Under The Covers can show her rivals a clean pair of heels in the Harry Bloom Memorial “Brighton Bullet” Handicap.

Ron Harris’ charge has really got into the groove this term after a bit of a false start to her career, with her sole juvenile run followed by a year off the track. She ran much better than her 200-1 odds suggested she would on her return at Newmarket in April and despite two subsequent disappointments, it was not a massive surprise to see her win at Bath in June. Put up 9lb for that success, Under The Covers had to settle for second back at that track last in June, pushing the winner all the way to be beaten by a neck and she remains a useful type.

Seduce Me can bring up her hat-trick in the Fly London Southend Airport To Budapest EBF Stallions Fillies’ Handicap at Newmarket after making a bit of a slow start to the season for Karl Burke.


BRIGHTON: 2.10 Lake Volta, 2.40 Frantical, 3.10 Free Forum, 3.40 HARBOUR ROCK (NAP), 4.10 Under The Covers (treble), 4.40 Screaming Gemini, 5.15 Camino.

HAYDOCK: 5.40 Up Ten Down Two, 6.15 Kashmiri Sunset, 6.45 Exhort, 7.15 Rhosneigr, 7.45 White Mocha, 8.20 Granny Roz.

MUSSELBURGH: 2.00 Sorority, 2.30 Rumshak, 3.00 Relight My Fire, 3.30 Maureb, 4.00 Sebastian’s Wish, 4.30 Schmooze, 5.00 Tectonic.

NEWMARKET: 5.30 Gavota, 6.00 Little Poem, 6.35 Wafy, 7.05 Broughtons Story, 7.35 Seduce Me (next best), 8.05 Jordan Sport.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.50 Moseeb, 2.20 Jazz Legend, 2.50 Sancerre, 3.20 Abjar, 3.50 Cat Royale, 4.20 Wordiness, 4.50 Born To Reason, 5.25 Top Offer.