Newton Abbot Preview Monday 2 October 2017
With the going already riding heavy, Newton Abbot officials will have been hoping for a dry night ahead of today’s meeting which hinges on the course passing an early morning inspection.
Highlight of the afternoon is the Class 3 Book Kuoni At Peter Goord Travel Handicap Chase over two miles in which Colin Tizzard’s Sizing Platinum tops the weights. Although it is over two years since he last won, he has been tackling some pretty hot company of late and, with Irish jockey Robbie Power taking the ride, should appreciate the drop in class.
Ut Majeur Aulmes has been sliding down the handicap and, with Victor Dartnall’s runner back on a mark of 132 from which he won over the course in March 2016, looks the danger.
Eight have been declared for the opening PKF Francis Clark Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle over two miles, due off at 1.50pm, and Neil Mulholland’s Green Or Black, third on both her starts over jumps, looks the one to beat.
She made her debut in a race won by Excellent Team at Stratford in April and didn’t help her cause when pulling hard at Worcester last time out. Her ability to handle heavy ground has to be taken on trust, but she sets the standard in a race with not a lot of form to go on.
Gail Haywood’s Chica Rapida was beaten a long way when third behind Amour De Nuit at the last meeting and Drinks Interval, making her hurdling debut, could be the dark horse of the race.
Paul Nicholls relies on Emerging Talent from his four entries in the Racing Partnership TRP Novices’ Chase, but this useful novice hurdler will have to overcome an absence of nearly 18 months on his chasing debut. He will be ridden by Harry Cobden with stable jockey Sam Twiston-Davies on board Robinshill, trained by his father Nigel.
All four of Mick Thonic’s runs in this country have been at Cheltenham and he beat another Nicholls inmate in Marracudja last April. He has to give weight away to his three rivals so, if Emerging Talent can handle the ground after his lay-off, he should just have the edge in receipt of 6lb.
Whoshotwho, a wide-margin winner over the course on good to soft ground in July, has failed to win in three subsequent starts for his new stable, but has come up against some decent sorts and can regain the winning thread in the Bryan And Ilva Westcott Memorial Novices’ Hurdle over two and three-quarter miles.
Dual Irish point-to-point winner Good Man Vinnie has had just the one run over hurdles and is an interesting contender for Whitsbury trainer Paul Henderson.
The biggest field of the afternoon will line up for the SIS Trusted Delivery Partner Conditional Jockeys’ Selling Handicap Hurdle over an extended two and a quarter miles and Warwickshire trainer Olly Murphy has selected Hongkong Adventure, a well-beaten fourth behind Pengo’s Boy here on his last run, from his three entries.
Welsh trainer Bernard Llewellyn also had three entries in the race and runs two of them, with Petrify, three times a winner on the Flat, looking to have the better chance with James Bowen.
David Pipe has declared Ramses De Teillee for the concluding At The Races App Now Available Handicap Hurdle rather than in the novice race over the same disctance, but he looks to have a lot on his plate carrying 12-2 in the heavy ground.
Maguire’s Glen belied his starting price of 25-1 to run a good second to Cabernet D’Alene over a shorter trip at the last meeting under conditional jockey Mikey Hamill. Despite a 2lb rise in the weights for that effort, he should land his first win for Monmouthshire trainer Grace Harris.