Newton Abbot Report Monday 11 September 2017
Mighty Leader and Brodie Hampson sprang a 14-1 surprise when landing the day’s feature £25,250 newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Hurdle by five lengths at a breezy Newton Abbot on Monday.
With form on soft ground, Court King was amongst the market leaders but, after being prominent early, he was struggling down the back straight, as Mighty Leader went past Lillian to strike the front with two flights to jump. He was ridden out by Hampson to beat Solatentif, whose cause wasn’t helped by a mistake at the last, to provide Gloucestershire trainer Fergal O’Brien with his 18th winner of the season.
Wellington trainer David Pipe, who had gone 458 days and 34 runners without a winner at the course, ran three in the race, but none looked like taking a hand in the finish, being pulled up before the end as his miserable run continues.
Punters got off to a good start when Wincanton winner Coole Cody made every yard of the running with Harry Cobden to take the opening Attheraces Sky 415 “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle. Although subsequently beaten by Seymour Star at Hereford, the winner was landing a hat-trick that day, so the form had a solid look to it and Coole Cody was clear at the last, seeing off the challenge of hurdles debutant Holryale by 11 lengths.
There was another wide-margin winner in the following Visit attheraces.com Handicap Chase over two miles and five furlongs as Moorlands Jack put 14 lengths between himself and his rivals, led by Whos De Baby, who had made much of the running, but couldn’t live with the winner from three fences out.
Longest race of the afternoon was the Racing Partnership TRP Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase over three and a quarter miles and it went to 3-1 shot Abbeygrey, trained by Evan Williams, who was taken to the front at the penultimate fence by Mitchell Bastyan to power clear of Quick N’ Easy and Kapricorne.
Favourite Kapricorne had finished runner-up to Culm Counsellor on his last appearance at the course, but made mistakes this time and faded from the final fence, being passed by the staying-on Quick N’ Easy, who again ran a sound race for Longdown trainer Sue Gardner.
Despite a mistake at the final flight, Quadriller was a comfortable winner from Ivor’s Queen in a handicap at the last meeting and, dropping in class, he was a short price to follow up for owner/trainer Philip Hobbs in the Newton Abbot Racecourse On Facebook Selling Hurdle.
But, the race went to Bonobo, who made it a quick double for the Williams/Bastyan combination, comfortably beating Bohemian Rhapsody, with the disappointing favourite the last to finish.
Also doubling up was jockey Nick Scholfield, who followed his earlier success on Moorlands Jack with a win in the closing SIS Novices’ Handicap Hurdle on Stuart Kittow’s Pengo’s Boy, landing his first win in nearly three years, the combination proving too good for Pension Madness and Our Phillie Lily.
The next fixture at Newton Abbot Racecourse is Friday 22 September. Tickets are available until 17.00 on Thursday 21 September and will also be available to buy at the gates on the day. Gates open at 12.00 with the first race at 14.00.
For more information and to book tickets, visit www.newtonabbotracing.com.