Monday sees the first of three meetings coming up in July at Newton Abbot, when the course stages a seven-race card that gets underway at 2.15pm with the Visit Newton Abbot Racecourse On Facebook Maiden Hurdle.
The Triton Galleries Maiden Hurdle 2m 6f looked on paper a moderate affair and it proved so as the market leaders finished well clear with half the field beaten before the halfway mark. Despite an awkward jump at the last the 8/11 favourite KALMBEFORETHESTORM trained by Helen Nelmes and ridden by Paul Moloney kept on well to hold off the strong challenge of the second favourite Black Cow with the winning margin a neck.
6.00: KALMBEFORETHESTORM looks to have the best form in this contest he was placed twice here last summer over 2m 3f on good to firm ground. The Sweetner ran a very good third here to Vesperal Dream over the distance last month and will be a danger if repeating that form, Penzflo was place in a point and makes debut under rules here could be a good price.
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.