Newton Abbot Preview Monday 31 July 2017
Sleep Easy, whose two wins have come with some give in the ground, can defy top weight in the feature Class 3 SIS Stream Handicap Hurdle at Newton Abbot this afternoon.
Neil Mulholland’s runner has been beaten in his last two outings from a handicap mark of 137, but has been given a little respite with a 2lb drop in the weights and, if the ground remains on the soft side, can chalk up a third success over jumps.
Golden Birthday was well-ridden by Noel Fehily to win at Warwick, before being put in his place when more than 16 lengths behind Cleni Wells in a Class 2 event over course and distance at the beginning of June. Like Sleep Easy, he has been dropped 2lbs by the handicapper.
Miss Spent won on her debut for Dan Skelton at Uttoxeter and carries a penalty for that success which will make life a little harder this time.
Completing the quartet is Prussian Eagle, who returned to form when beating Londonia at Ffos Las on his sixth outing for trainer Evan Williams, and will again be ridden by promising conditional jockey Mitchell Bastyan.
Both Positively Dylan and Foxy Act will be looking for their third win of the season in the opening Racing Partnership Novices’ Hurdle over two and three-quarter miles, with preference for the former, who earned an official rating of 135 after his most recent success at Ffos Las.
Runner-up Three Star General boosted the form when winning on his next outing at Worcester and was not disgraced behind the useful Whatzdjazz when returning to the course three weeks ago. Overall, this looks to be a stronger formline than that of Foxy Act, despite her wide-margin win here last month, although Chris Down’s mare can’t be discounted in receipt of 12lb in weight.
All three of Louis Phillipe’s wins have come at the course and Linda Blackford’s stable stalwart makes his seasonal re-appearance in the newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Chase. This three and a quarter mile trip will be right up his street and he races off a handicap mark just 1lb higher than when successful here last October.
Jack Snipe posted his first win for seven months when beating Da Baba Elephant at Worcester and has every chance of following up from a rating of 92. Also in with a shout is Oriental Fixer, a winner over the course last month, and the choice from two entries by Herefordshire trainer Michael Scudamore.
Paul Nicholls has declared Clo Sacre for the At The Races Sky 415 Novices’ Handicap Chase in preference to a similar race at Stratford on Thursday and, although this ex-French gelding is still looking for his first win after four races, should be in with a chance of taking this with only 10-9 to carry.
Calling Des Blins is Dan Skelton’s selection from two entries and, if taking to fences, his Huntingdon second to Lake Chapala over hurdles puts him in the frame here.
The biggest field of the afternoon lines up for the Racing Welfare Handicap Hurdle, with Chris Down and Martin Hill both doubly represented.
But, it’s Upper Lambourn trainer Charlie Mann who can come out on top with Sureness, who hasn’t won over jumps for nearly three years, but is dropping down the weights as a result and races off a mark of 107 today.
No No Cardinal has won twice at the course on good and fast going, so the ground could be the key to his chances in the Independent Racecourses Limited, IRL Handicap Chase. The veteran Humbel Ben is chasing a hat-trick since joining Somerset trainer Alan Jones and is reunited with jockey Tom Scudamore, who rode him to success at Fontwell Park.
Kebir De La Vis, withdrawn from his previous intended run at the course, could be the answer to the concluding Follow At The Races On Instagram Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race, in which the danger looks to be Mac Tottie, runner-up to Malton Rose at Worcester, who gave the form a boost when winning a maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter on his next outing.