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Talking Horses: Pendo looks good value for the Brighton Mile

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John Best’s improving gelding is a tempting price at 12-1 in the standout race on the first day of the Brighton Festival meeting

The three-day Brighton Festival meeting – or the second leg of Sussex Fortnight if you are an old-timer like me – gets underway on Wednesday afternoon on predictably fast ground given the weather over the past couple of months, and even a concerted programme of watering has only maintained the official going as good-to-firm, firm in places.

That is as quick as ground ever tends to get these days, at courses with a watering system at least, and only two of the eight races this afternoon have managed to draw a double-figure field. One of those, though, is the Brighton Mile, the highlight of the first day of the meeting and it is as open a race as an 11-runner handicap is ever likely to be, with the entire field priced up between 4-1 and 20-1.

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Yarmouth 1.50 Dusty 2.20 Stakeholder 2.50 Rhigolter Rose 3.20 Oakley Mimosa 3.50 Moretti 4.20 Beauty Filly 4.50 La Isla Bonita

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