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Hajam rocks at Brighton

Fri, 10 August 2012

There was no easier winner at Brighton's August Festival all week than James Tate's promising two-year-old Hajam.

Well-beaten in two fairly decent events at Newmarket, the Exceed And Excel colt took advantage of an opportunity in lesser company by powering seven lengths clear in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Stakes.

Taken along by the frenzied pace set by Dust Whirl, Hajam (17-2) settled this race just as soon as when Martin Dwyer pushed the button.

The jockey said: "He did it well and he's a nice horse in the making. He's still a bit green and he didn't really handle the track. I could have won cheekily if I'd messed around, but I wanted to get the race over and done with and put to bed so I gave him a kick and it was over."

Trainer George Margarson, frustrated when Imperial Guest was beaten a nose in last weekend's Stewards' Cup, was at least on the right end of a tight finish when Imaginary Diva (6-1) passed the 13-8 favourite Funcheon Vale in the Checkatrade Handicap.

The 11-year-old Efistorm (11-4), such a loyal servant for Conor Dore in recent seasons, registered his first victory since being claimed by Joseph Tuite, and the 25th of his life, in the Jimmy Heal Memorial Selling Stakes, helped by the skills of apprentice title aspirant Darren Egan.

The jockey told ATR: "He's brave and he put his head down when it counted. Things are flying for me at the moment and hopefully things can keep going until the end of the year. I'm second in the apprentice title race on 24 winners at the moment. I'll give it a good go."

Egan's own number 25 was not long in coming in front of a good crowd enjoying the glorious sunshine. He teamed up with his boss Ron Harris aboard the progressive 2-1 favourite Prodigality to collect the feature race of the meeting's final day, the Talk To Victor Brighton Bullet.

Dance For Georgie, 9-4 favourite to follow up last week's Musselburgh success, justified her long trip from Ben Haslam's Middleham stable in the Amplicon Directors' Handicap. Haslam had never saddled a runner at the venue before and she rarely looked in danger, with Declan Cannon kicking on from the front.

Marcus Tregoning's Scarlett Fever had shown only vague signs of ability in five previous starts but hit the jackpot at 16-1 under Shane Kelly in the Rendezvous Casino Brighton Marina Handicap.