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Sep 25, 2013

Abbot's Whisper - Racing Review Tuesday 24th September

Henry Daly’s mare TOP TOTTI justified her strong support to start 5/4 favourite in The Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle 2m 3f. She showed she was inform as she tracked the leaders, went second approaching two out and led thanks to a great jump at that flight going on to beat Presenting Me by 2 ¼ lengths.

Mr Watson started a short priced favourite in the four runner Paul Newbold 50th Birthday Celebrations Novices’ Chase 2m ½ f but was never in the race. Course and distance winner DE FAOITHESDREAM trained by Evan Williams led from start to finish and jumped better as he quickened the pace to win easily by 12 lengths from nearest challenger Tiny Tenor. The winner has sound form on varying ground and will win again!

The Paignton Zoo Novices’ Hurdle 2m 6f may have only attracted for runners however there was a thrilling finish. The Richard Woolacott trained ANGLES HILL overcame a layoff of 237 days to beat Quadrato by a short head. The winner was hard driven to challenge the pace setting runner-up and fought it out gamely from the third last.

Whitsbury based trainer Paul Henderson landed the feature event The SIS Our Data Brings Betting To Life Handicap Chase 3m 2 ½ f with 9/1 shot LIFE OF A LUSO. The winner benefited from a strong early pace and was given a perfect ride by Paddy Brennan to lead after the last fence to beat Inside Dealer by a narrow half a length margin. The winner now heads to Cheltenham’s October Meeting.

ARGAUM made it a double for Vale Of Glamorgan trainer Evan Williams when landing The Bet totepool Text Tote To 89660 Selling Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f. He tracked the leaders, led briefly three out, ridden to lead again two out holding on to win from Bazart by a neck. The win came at a price for conditional jockey Conor Ring, who was suspended for 11 days for over using the whip.

Trainer Michael Blake’s decision to refit cheekpieces to SADLER’S STAR paid off when he landed The Happy 25th Anniversary Ian And Tracey Borthwick Handicap Chase 2m 5 ½ f. He disputed the lead from the off and kicked on four out to easily win by 13 lengths from Jimmy Frost’s Rusty Nail.

It was the partnership of Jonjo O’Neill and A P McCoy who landed The Living Coasts Torquay Handicap Hurdle 2m 6f with LISTEN AND LEARN. Patiently ridden in the early stages by the champion jockey he cruised to the front three from home and won with plenty in hand by 5 lengths from Buckthorn Tom.