Newton Abbot Preview Friday 16 June
Irish Cavalier is the class act amongst the entries for the £22,500 Newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Chase on Friday, the feature of the afternoon’s seven-race card that gets underway at 2.10pm.
Allotted top weight for his exploits, Irish Cavalier has gone six races without a win since beating Menorah at Wetherby last October, although one of those was the Cheltenham Gold Cup in which he was pulled up.
Henryville has amassed over £140,000 in prize money, but races from a 5lb higher mark than when beating Fox Appeal here in May. Back in third that day was another entry in Ballybolley who, if none the worse for his fall at Uttoxeter last time out, could well reverse the placings on these better terms.
Dual Course winner Bagad Bihoue would be another for the shortlist, although he was well beaten on his only run on soft ground. He won well enough at Warwick last time out, but didn’t impress with his jumping at times, whereas stable companion Alcala looked a natural on his debut over fences here at the last meeting, but would taking a big step up in class.
Dream Bolt followed up his course win with another victory at Stratford on Saturday evening, but may be given a break, and Deauville Dancer, whose penalty for his success here last time brings him nicely into the handicap on 10-1, is also entered in the later novices’ chase.
David Pipe, who has had a quiet start to the season with just a single winner from 43 runners, has entered two in the opening Follow At The Races On Instagram Novices’ Hurdle over two and three-quarter miles in the shape of Delface and former Aidan O’Brien inmate Three Star General.
Delface, who also has entries at Aintree on Friday, made all the running to win at Ffos La on his debut for the stable, earning an official rating of 122, the same as Old Harry Rocks, who opened his account for trainer Harry Fry at Worcester.
Chris Down’s Foxy Act, runner-up to Katy P on her last run here, and Trevisani, a winner at Exeter in April, but well-beaten when carrying a penalty at Fakenham last month, would also come into the reckoning.
With 15 entries and no stand-out contender, the Racing Partnership Mares’ Handicap Hurdle looks a wide-open affair with Hija, who unseated Alice Mills at the first flight on her latest appearance, an each-way possibility if on her best behaviour.
Paul Nicholls has entered both Bagad Bihoue and multiple hurdle race winner Moabit in the Lew Leaman Celebration Novices’ Chase. Moabit was not fluent on his chase debut at Huntingdon behind Cobra De Mai and the form took a knock when the winner pulled up at Stratford on Saturday.
The enigma of the race is the 2015 JCB Triumph Hurdle winner Peace and Co, who has been lightly raced since but, if taking to fences, is a class apart from the other entries here.
Tickets are available at the racecourse’s online ticket store until 17:00 on Thursday 15 June. Tickets can also be bought at the gates at the day. Children aged 16 and under plus students with a valid photo student ID / NUS card enjoy free entry.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.newtonabbotracing.com.