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Jul 15, 2014

Abbot's Whispers - Race Review Monday 14th July

David Pipe’s Supreme Present started a hot favourite in The At The Races Virgin 534 Novices’ Hurdle 2m 1f only to be turned over by the two hurdling debutants. David Bridgwater’s COLLODI a Flat winner in Germany led approaching the second last and was ridden out by Tom Scudamore holding off the challenge of ex-Mark Johnson inmate My Direction now trained by John Ferguson to win by a neck.

The father and son combination of trainer James Frost and jockey Hadden landed the gamble with STRONG WIND in The Independent Racecourses Limited, IRL Novices’ Handicap Hurdle 2m 6f. The winner opened at 7/1 but was sent off at half those odds when holding on to reverse the recent form with Cash For Steel who had not been fluent to win by 1 ¼ lengths.

There was a very close finish to The Paignton Zoo Handicap Chase 2m 5 ½ F the Tim Vaughan trained Falcarragh lead over the last but idled in front allowing the Jeremy Scott trained PORTERS WAR ridden by Nick Scholfield to battle in out and get the nod on the line winning by a head.

Tom Scudamore gave FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT a well-judged ride when he dictated the pace to land The Handicap Hurdle 3m 3f for trainer David Pipe. The winner was given a breather down the back straight led at the second last and pulled well clear beating Possol by 6 lengths.

Conditional rider Jack Quinlan kept up his 100% record on the John Ferguson trained ITTIRAD when landing The At The Races Sky 415 Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f. The winner helped by cheekpieces this time led before the third last and was well in command despite hitting the last and went onto beat Taste The Wine by four lengths.

The game mare MISS TENACIOUS made all and dictated The SIS Top Class Data Delivery Handicap Chase 2m ½ f. Trained by Ron Hodges she was clear three out under Ian Popham and saw off the challenge of the locally trained Easily Pleased to win comfortably by 3 ½ lengths.

Gloucestershire based trainer David Bridgwater made it a winning double when TEMPURAN came off the pace to land The SIS Bringing Betting To Life Novices’ Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f. Freshened up by a four-month break the winner under Tom Scudamore showed a turn of foot to go clear of Miss Fortywinks and Cyclone to beat the former into second place by eight lengths.