Newton Abbot Preview Monday 11 September 2017
Wellington trainer David Pipe runs three of his five entries in Newton Abbot’s big race of the day, the newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Hurdle, but it’s Court King who is fancied to come out on top for the Bowen family.
Pipe’s stable jockey Tom Scudamore is on Worcester maiden hurdle winner Three Star General, but his latest run when down the field at Market Rasen doesn’t inspire confidence.
On the other hand, Court King, trained by Peter Bowen and ridden by his son Sean, is very much a horse in form. He won on good to soft ground at Chepstow last November from a mark of 105 and, although rated 20lb higher today, can still land the lion’s share of the £25,250 prize fund.
After winning a couple of chases in the summer, he reverted to hurdles, finishing runner-up at Worcester and Cartmel, the latter race also being on ground with give in it. He looks the one to be on with the ultra-consistent Lillian, a course winner in July, rated as the danger.
Coole Cody, a winner at Wincanton over two and a half miles, should relish every yard of the Attheraces Sky 415 “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle which gets the meeting underway at 2.15pm. He was subsequently beaten by Seymour Star at Hereford, but the winner was landing a hat-trick that day, so the form looks solid enough and Coole Cody sets the standard here.
Vancouver finished strongly to snatch third behind Muffins For Tea in a competitive 16-runner handicap over the course in May and then broke his duck with a wide-margin win at Uttoxeter from an official rating of 107. He has been raised to 120 as a result, but drops back to novice company and, with the excellent Noel Fehily in the saddle, could be the value bet in the race.
Another who has been running in handicaps is Berry De Carjac, an all-the-way winner at Stratford before finishing second to Salto Chisco over the course 13 days ago. Bryony Frost’s mount has an extra furlong to travel today, which may make him vulnerable to a strong finisher in the rain-softened ground.
The unknown quantity is Holryale, who was turned over at odds of 1-2 in a bumper at Bangor-on-Dee in June, but is sure to have been well-schooled by the season’s leading trainer, Dan Skelton.
Next up is the Visit attheraces.com Handicap Chase over two miles and five furlongs, in which the veteran Moorlands Jack looks to have a good chance if handling the ground. The going was good to firm when he beat Irish Thistle over course and distance back in April, but he races off the same mark of 100 today, which must put him in with a shout.
Between The Waters doesn’t have a lot of form to commend him, but he won an Irish point-to-point on yielding ground and continues to drop down the weights.
Longest race of the afternoon is the Racing Partnership TRP Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase over three and a quarter miles and Quick N’ Easy, who has had just two runs since re-joining Sue Gardner’s Longdown stable, looks an interesting contender.
After being outclassed by multiple-winner Alcala in the first, he went down by just a head to Charlie Mon over course and distance. Sean Houlihan again takes the ride and they could provide stiff competition to likely favourite Kapricorne, who finished runner-up to Culm Counsellor on his first start for the Skelton stable and is just 2lb higher in the handicap today.
Despite a mistake at the last flight, Quadriller was a comfortable winner from Ivor’s Queen in a handicap at the last meeting and he looks to be in with a good chance of doubling up for owner/trainer Philip Hobbs in the Newton Abbot Racecourse On Facebook Selling Hurdle. On his best form, Buble would rate a real danger but, after winning a maiden event here in July, he was well beaten in a similar class race at Stratford before getting home by half a length at Worcester.
Having his fourth start for rookie trainer Olly Murphy, Hongkong Adventure heads the weights in the concluding SIS Novices’ Handicap Hurdle over two miles, but will need to step up on what he has shown to date if he is to break his duck. Conditional jockey Fergus Gregory is held in high regard by Murphy and his 10lb claim will reduce Hongkong Adventure’s burden of 11-12.
At the other end of the handicap is Petrify, a winner on the Flat at Bath this year, and Bernard Llewellyn’s runner looks to have a chance from a mark of 73.