Newton Abbot Preview Tuesday 22 August 2017
We’re expecting a big crowd this Tuesday for St Austell Brewery Ladies’ Day, one of the highlights of the Newton Abbot season.
Gates open two hours ahead of the opening race, the Babbacombe Scaffolding “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle over an extended two and a quarter miles, which is due off at 17.30. There are six previous winners amongst the 14 entries, including Whoshotwho, a wide-margin winner on his last start at the course. He has since moved from Nicky Henderson to Dr Richard Newland, who has also entered Mcgroarty, who justified odds-on favouritism at Market Rasen last time on his second start for the stable since moving from Ireland.
Dual winner Gustave Mahler, who was just caught on the line at Worcester, has struck up a good partnership with champion jockey Richard Johnson and, even with his double penalty, should have a better chance than Boy In A Bentley, who looked less than keen when runner-up at Stratford.
Next up is the In Memory Of Thomas James Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase in which Brave Helios, owned by the Dozen Dreamers Partnership, might get his head in front after finishing runner-up twice this season.
Milrow was bought by trainer Sophie Leech after easily winning a selling race at Stratford on his last run and would have a good chance from a rating of 127 in the £10,500 Austins Handicap Hurdle. He swerved a similar race at the course last week, as did Our Three Sons, who battled on well to score last time out for champion lady amateur Page Fuller, but who now races off a career-high mark of 122. Coeur Tantre made all the running to score on his first outing for Dorset trainer Anthony Honeyball at the last meeting here and a 7lb penalty may not stop him winning again.
Theo goes from strength to strength, having won four races in a row, but would have to overcome an 8lb hike in the weights for his latest success at Stratford in the St Austell Brewery Handicap Chase over two miles and five furlongs. The Warwickshire course also proved a happy hunting ground for Honkytonktennessee, who put his best foot forward last time to score easily, but the handicapper has punished him accordingly, raising him from a mark of 109 to 120.
Fort Gabriel’s winning run came to an end at Uttoxeter and he is another who looks plenty high enough in the weights. The consistent Wade Harper, on the other hand, looks to be on a winning mark of 110, having run well to be second on his latest outing. Innocent Girl has been mixing hurdling and chasing and, as well as being entered in this race, is also in the following Remembering Alfie Truscott The Newton Legend Mares’ Handicap Hurdle, for which Jazz Thyme, still looking for a first win after 15 starts, has been allotted top weight.
With 19 entries, the concluding newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Hurdle looks a real puzzle and, in a wide-open contest, course winner Sutter’s Mill, who has two other entries next week, could score again.
Tickets for the VIP Marquee in the centre of the course sold out some weeks ago but there are still tickets available for the Paddock and Course enclosures.
Managing director, Patrick Masterson, said: “The team and I really look forward to Ladies’ Day every year: our racegoers make a real effort to dress up and it gives the racecourse a completely different atmosphere to our other fixtures.
“We are delighted to be working with St Austell Brewery and Austins Department Store once again this year and are looking forward to welcoming our racegoers to one of the most highly anticipated social dates of our racing season.”
Tickets cost £12 for Course Enclosure, or £19 for Paddock Enclosure. Tickets can be purchased online here until 17.00 on Monday 21 August, or can be purchased direct from the Newton Abbot office or by calling 01626 353235. Tickets will also be available on the gates on the day: gates open at 15.30, first race starts at 17.30.
Children aged 16 and under plus students with a valid student ID / NUS card go free to all fixtures.
For more information, visit www.newtonabbotracing.com or call the racecourse office on 01626 353235.