5.15pm Brighton Tips & Betting Preview 18/09/2017

A competitive handicap with a number of solid handicappers doing battle over the extended five furlongs trip. Our runner by runner preview and expert tip are below.

IN SUMMARY: SOMETHING LUCKY hasn’t done much for his current yard, but he shaped better when the cheekpieces were added two runs back. He ran poorly with them missing last time so, with the headgear fitted once more, he could prove to be overpriced. Everkyllachy needs to keep tabs on them early, but she gets on well with Hollie Doyle and should make the frame. The Big Short has looked a little weak in the finish, but he could have these well on the stretch coming down the hill so deserves respect.

1 SANDFRANKSKIPSGO – Old timer who needs a strong pace to aim at, a winner and second from four previous starts at this track. He is seen to best effect on decent ground, so connections will be hoping that the track dries a little to maximise his chance. He has shown no more than the odd glimmer of form on the turf this season, but from a career low mark he shouldn’t be discounted.

2 ZIPEDEEDODAH – Not as good on turf as he is on the All-Weather, but he went close at this track back in June from a pound higher. He has run respectably since, with another near miss at Chepstow earlier this month. This is a quick turnaround having only run at Sandown on Friday and he has ground to make up with The Big Short from when they met at Goodwood last month.

3 BELLA ALISSA – First-time cheekpieces worked the oracle on firm ground at Bath when winning a poor maiden. She was subsequently beaten a long way at the same track on her handicap debut. She ran well at Goodwood on her debut which suggests that she should have no problems with this track. However, with two smart and two abject runs from four starts, she is hard to trust with any confidence.

4 THE BIG SHORT – Boasts plenty of speed in his races, narrowly run out of it close home at Goodwood last time at a similar level. He is progressing along the right lines and should lead them a merry dance from the front once more, but he is not quite seeing out his races in the last half furlong which has to be a concern on the uphill run to the line.

5 PEARL NOIR – Back down the handicap to the same mark he scored from at Ripon in May. That is a track he enjoys, his sole run here not so successful and he failed to beat a rival home the other time he tried a switchback track at Goodwood. His chance increases if the ground dries out to good to firm, but he can only be watched until he proves that the nature of this course is suitable for him.

6 EVERYKYLLACHY – Two wins and a close third in the three times that she has teamed up with Hollie Doyle. She shows clear signs of enjoying female handling having also run well for Josephine Gordon in the past. She is a tricky customer, often dropping herself out in the early stages of the race, a worry that they might get away from her down the hill.  Last time she flew home over this course and distance so she is going to have to keep close tabs on the field once more in the early stages, but with this sure to be run at a strong clip she should be flying home.

7 SOMETHING LUCKY – Without a win since October 2014 when trained in France, he hasn’t shown too much in six starts for Daniel Steele so far. The return of cheekpieces produced his best display for this yard on the sand two runs back; he was last with them missing last time so that has to be a positive for his chances. Could be a surprise package at a big price.

8 STRINGYBARK CREEK – A winner just once in 22 starts when showing solid form as a juvenile. He has regressed badly for Mick Channon this season, now starting out for Daniel Steele, but hard to support despite a mark that he should be competitive from.

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