Racing: Fenton at the double for Brighton brace

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MICHAEL FENTON made the most of his day at Brighton yesterday with a near 6-1 double. The jockey enjoyed an armchair ride on The Tatling but had to pull out all the stops on Baalbek to scramble home.

The Tatling, a 1-4 shot, will now have his sights raised after cruising home four lengths clear of Where's Charlotte in the Laurent-Perrier Novice Median Auction Stakes. Trainer Michael Bell is planning to run him at the Curragh on 29 August.

Fenton followed up with Baalbek in the Croft Original Maiden Stakes, sending the filly five lengths clear in the early stages. Yet the writing looked on the wall when Global Concept loomed up in the straight to slightly head her. But Baalbek got back up near the line to score by a short-head.

Neil Pollard, who was on board Global Concept, did not have to wait long for consolation when rousting Slapy Dam, trained by Dai Birchell home by three parts of a length from Montfort, the 7-4 favourite in the BBC Southern Counties Radio Martlets Hospice Claiming Stakes.

Kilcullen Lad galloped away with the Victor Chandler Dash at 16-1, the first event ever to appear on terrestrial television from the seaside track, and also the richest at the venue.

Apprentice Paul Fredericks, based with Gay Kelleway took the mount on Roger Ingram's gelding, kicking him into the lead to beat Poetry in Motion.

Ingram was at York, saddling Angie Baby in the Falmouth Handicap, and his wife, Sharon, said: "We are not that surprised with the win, as he ran very well at Sandown behind Hawkesbury last time."

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