Newton Abbot Race Report Monday 2 October 2017
After an early morning inspection, racing went ahead at Newton Abbot on Monday and it proved to be a good afternoon for trainer Colin Tizzard and jockey Robbie Power who teamed up with a double.
It was Irish-based Power’s first visit to the course and success came in the very first race on the Tizzard-trained Drinks Interval, owned by the Land Value Partnership. Green Or Black and Noel Fehily had set the pace until two flights out when Power produced Drinks Interval to take up the running, going on to win by two and three quarter lengths.
The second part of the double came in the feature race, The Book Kuoni At Peter Goord Travel Handicap Chase with Sizing Platinum, who was sent off 11/8 favourite. Power was able to dictate the race from the front, making most in the five-strong field.
A challenge came two fences from home when the Victor Dartnall-trained Ut Majeur Aulmes and Cieran Gethings came alongside, but a better jump from Sizing Platinum sealed the race and he extended the lead from the last to score by fourteen lengths.
In The Racing Partnership TRP Novices’ Chase, the Paul Nicholls-trained Emerging Talent had been sent off 5/4 favourite and, under jockey Harry Cobden, put in a good round of jumping after an 18 month lay-off through injury. It was another Tizzard inmate Mick Thonic who set the pace, tracked by Kayf Adventure, but he made a mistake at the second last, leaving Emerging Talent and Kayf Adventure duelling over the last fence.
Emerging Talent stumbled on landing, losing momentum and, with the better jump by Kayf Adventure and jockey Tom O’Brien, they went on to win by three and a half lengths. Jockey O’Brien was delighted with his win, saying ‘He was bred by Richard Johnson and it was a good performance, as he had been a bit inexperienced over hurdles.’
In The Bryan and Ilva Westcott Memorial Novices’ Hurdle Race, Whoshotwho carrying top weight had been backed well into odds-on favouritism, but disappointed his followers when caught flat-footed in the home straight in the heavy going. The Hollow Ginge, with jockey Jamie Bargary making the most of his 3lb weight allowance for the Nigel Twiston-Davies team, staying on well over the last to come home two lengths ahead of second placed Hogans Height.
The Hollow Ginge’s delighted owner John Niels had made the journey down from Liverpool. ‘We have just got back from a holiday in Spain and are over the moon’ he said.
The SIS Trusted Delivery Partner Conditional Jockeys’ Selling Handicap Hurdle saw the biggest field of the day with eleven runners and it went to the Kerry Lee-trained Scales, ridden by Richard Patrick. In the concluding Attheraces App Now Available Handicap Hurdle, it was the Grace Harris-trained Maguire’s Glen who came out on top with jockey Mikey Hamill, who followed up their good run when second to Cabernet D’Alene at the last meeting.
The racecourse is getting ready for its season finale on Friday 13 October, which sees an impressive prize fund of £91,000 with two Class 2 races for racegoers to enjoy. Racing starts at 14.00 and the gates open at 12.00. Tickets can be bought at the racecourse’s online ticket store until 17.00 on Thursday 12 October and can be purchased at the gate on the day.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.newtonabbotracing.com or call the racecourse office on 01626 353235.