Newton Abbot Report Monday 31 July 2017
Golden Birthday bounced back to his best when, reunited with Noel Fehily, he ran out an impressive winner of the feature race at Newton Abbot yesterday for Seaborough trainer Harry Fry.
Successful at Warwick in May, Golden Birthday was more than 16 lengths behind Cleni Wells in a Class 2 event over course and distance last month but, dropped 2lbs by the handicapper and reunited with Fehily, he turned the £10,500 SIS Stream Handicap Hurdle into a procession, winning by 17 lengths.
Prussian Eagle, who returned to form when beating Londonia at Ffos Las last time out, had set out to make all the running with promising conditional jockey Mitchell Bastyan Seemingly going well within himself in the lead, Prussian Eagle quickly ran out of petrol when tackled by Golden Birthday at the penultimate flight, eventually finishing last of the quartet.
Despite needing to be shaken up coming round the home turn, Golden Birthday ran on resolutely to put daylight between himself and favourite Miss Spent, who had won on her debut for Dan Skelton at Uttoxeter three days earlier, but found life harder this time under her penalty.
Both Positively Dylan and Foxy Act were looking for their third win of the season in the opening Racing Partnership Novices’ Hurdle over two and three-quarter miles, with punters siding with dual Ffos Las scorer Positively Dylan, sending him off the 4-6 favourite.
Foxy Act has shown improved form this season for owner/trainer Chris Down, having struck up a good partnership with amateur jockey Page Fuller, and she made virtually all the running to bring up her hat-trick, overcoming a slight mistake at the last to finish five lengths clear of Black Anthem, who deprived the weakening Positively Dylan of second place near the line.
Oriental Fixer, a winner over the course last month, was very much on his toes going out for the newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Chase, but jockey Liam Treadwell’s perseverance paid off and they made it to the start in one piece.
In the race itself, Oriental Fixer never got into contention until it was too late, running on at the end to snatch second behind easy winner Jack Snipe, who was following up his Worcester win for Dulverton trainer Jeremy Scott and jockey Robert Hawker.
There was another impressive winner in the At The Races Sky 415 Novices’ Handicap Chase in the shape of Going For Broke, who defied top weight of 11-12 to beat Third Act and Clo Sacre.
Held up early on by Jonathan Moore, Going For Broke closed on leader Calling Des Blins four fences out before going to the front approching the penultimate jump. With the challenge of Third Act soon petering out, he went clear of his struggling pursuers, being good value for the two and a quarter length winning margin.
Backers of Honey Pound soon knew their fate as he planted himself at the start of the Racing Welfare Handicap Hurdle, before being led up to the tape. Setting off well behind the other runners, he was always trailing the field, which was led by Marmont and Richard Johnson.
They were passed by Iniesta going to the second-last flight, but a mistake at the final obstacle put paid to his chances as 4-1 favourite Treasure The Ridge, trained locally by Martin Hill, came with a storming run to win with a bit in hand.
Favourite Agentleman looked all over the winner of the Independent Racecourses Limited, IRL Handicap Chase as he scooted clear coming round the bend with two fences to jump. His lead had almost evaporated, however, by the time the runners approached the final obstacle where Saffron Prince came to challenge.
It was all over bar the shouting as Saffron Prince quickly asserted going away from the jump, with 22-1 outsider Changing The Guard running on to grab the runner-up spot and the veteran Humbel Ben staying on in third.
Kebir De La Vis attracted the money just before the off in the Follow At The Races On Instagram Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race, being backed from 5-2 to 15-8 favourite. He never looked like rewarding his backers, however, finishing fifth behind 16-1 shot King Vince, who led into the straight with Tom Scudamore and repelled the challenge of Mac Tottie.
Racing returns to Newton Abbot on Wednesday 16 August, with gates opening at 12.00 and racing starting from 14.00. Tickets are available at the racecourse’s online ticket store until 17.00 on Tuesday 15 August and will be available at the gates on the day.
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.