There was a surprise in The SIS At The Heart Of Racing Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle 2m 1f when the 30/100f August Hill threw the race away when losing momentum approaching the last and not have sufficient time to recover when headed by the Mark Gillard trained ENCHANTINGSMILE. She took advantage of the favourite running green and won by a short head under Tom O’Brien.
2.30: Prettyasapicture has claims here she acquitted herself well when placed in a bumper in February and showed promise on hurdling debut at Wetherby last month. AUGUSTHILL completed a hat-trick last time at Ludlow and with conditions and moderate opposition should make it a four-timer here. Enchanting Smile looks the best of the rest.
The At The Races Sky 415 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle 2m6f was run at a steady gallop on good ground. The Kim Bailey trained AMAZING D’AZY under Tony McCoy showed good attitude following her recent Towcester win to land this race under a penalty. She took up the lead from the 7th and stayed on strongly when pressed to beat Roll On Ruby by ¾ lengths.
There is plenty of action coming up at Newton Abbot in the next two months with six meetings in all for racegoers to enjoy, starting with next Monday’s seven-race card.
Monday’s meeting gets underway at 2.15pm with the At The Races Sky 415 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle over two and three-quarter miles. The highlight is the Class 3 SIS At The Heart of Racing Novices´ Chase and the afternoon finishes with the SIS Bringing Betting To Life Handicap Hurdle at 5.15pm.