Newton Abbot Race Report Friday 22 September 2017
Paul Nicholls maintained his record as leading trainer at Newton Abbot Racecourse, landing a double on Friday, courtesy of Diego Du Charmil and Amour De Nuit, to move into third place in this season’s championship table. Nicholls saddled both the runners in the day’s feature race, the Class 3 Devondale Electrical Novices’ Chase, and it was hot-favourite Diego Du Charmil, the mount of stable jockey Sam Twiston-Davies, who came out on top.
In a race run at a good pace, Twiston-Davies was content to sit in behind, taking Diego Du Charmil up to join Bagad Bihoue at the third-last fence, before drawing clear in the home straight to set up what could be a successful campaign over fences.
Coole Cody, successful at the last meeting for trainer Michael Blake and jockey Harry Cobden, set the standard in the Independent Racecourses Limited IRL Novices’ Hurdle over two and three-quarter miles. There was nothing in the betting, however, between him and the Nicholls-trained Braqueur D’Or, a winner over fences both here and at Stratford, but still looking for a first hurdles success after four attempts.
Cobden again took Coole Cody straight into the lead and, although Braqueur D’Or laid down a challenge coming out of the back straight, he couldn’t get past his rival, who jumped superbly throughout to land back-to-back course wins.
Nicholls had also entered Amour De Nuit in the race, but opted to run him in the following PKF Francis Clark Novices’ Hurdle over the shorter trip of two miles. Punters made him 4-7 favourite ahead of Stratford winner Flashing Glance. The two had the race between them from the off, with Flashing Glance setting a fierce pace with Richard Johnson, only for Amour De Nuit to take the lead at the penultimate flight and stay on well to win by two lengths.
There was just a nose separating the first two in the day’s longest race, the Steve Sanders Newton Spurs Legend Memorial Handicap Hurdle over three and a quarter miles, when Gamain, backed from 8-1 in the morning into 2-1 favourite, got back up right on the line to beat Kalmbeforethestorm.
The biggest field of the afternoon saw sixteen line up for the Devondale Electrical Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, but there was only horse in it at the end, as 16-1 shot Cabernet D’Alene came from well off the pace to jump to the front at the penultimate flight and scoot clear with Lizzie Kelly to give South Molton trainer Nick Williams a double.
Azure Fly came out on top in a dramatic finish to the At The Races Sky 415 Handicap Chase before maiden point-to-pointer Highway One O One ran away with the concluding SIS Trading Services Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race, putting 15 lengths between himself and favourite Point Of Principle.
There are just two meetings left at the course this year, with the first of them next Monday, 2 October, starting at 13.50. Why not join us?
Tickets are available online until 17.00 on Sunday I October and will also be available to buy at the gates on the day. Gates open at 11.50 with the first race at 13.50.
For more information and to book tickets, visit www.newtonabbotracing.com.