Sep 22, 2014
Abbot's Whispers - Race Review Friday 19th September
It was a fairytale return to the saddle for Jason Maguire who cruised to an unchallenged nine length win on BONNE FEE in The Royal British Legion Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle 2m 3f. The seven year old mare trained by Kim Bailey was always handily placed and swept to the front after the third last to make it a hat-trick of hurdle victories. The Nick Mitchell trained Clovers Revenge chased the winner from the second last but with no chance stayed on at one pace to take second place.
The market suggested a big run was on the cards as AZURE FLY was made 5/6 favourite for The Channon And Co Chartered Accountants Novices’ Chase 2m 5 ½ f. The favourite duly obliged trained by Charlie Longsdon and ridden by Noel Fehily he was cruising went sent clear in the straight only needing hands and heels to hold off the challenge of August Hill to easily win by a 1 ½ length margin.
The Climatic Engineering Limited Novices’ Hurdle 2m 6f was dominated by the two market leaders. A TAIL OF INTRIGUE the 5/4 favourite trained by Ian Williams and ridden by Will Kennedy looked to have a race on his hands when challenged by the runner-up Royal Ripple in the back straight. However he found plenty under pressure and put in two superb jumps on the run for home to comfortably win by a twelve length margin.
The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained MISSION TO MARS ridden by his son Sam was installed as the 11/4 favourite for The SIS Top-Class Data Delivery Handicap Chase 2m ½ f. The favourite who was returning from a 159 day break chased the leaders, led after three out and came under pressure going to the last and was challenged on the run-in but did enough to hold on gamely winning by half a length from Sublime Talent.
The theme of favourites winning continued when the David Pipe trained PARTY GIRLS cruised to victory in The Riviera Stonemasons Selling Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f. The six year old mare who was aggressively ridden by her 10lb claimer Michael Heard led from start to finish, she had them well strung out and put in a superb jump at the final flight to win unchallenged by 6 lengths from Call Me April.
The Mark Gillard trained GORTEENWOOD ridden by Tom O’Brien returned to winning ways when he landed The SIS Combining Data With Picture Handicap Chase 2m 5 ½ f. The winner tracked the leaders and challenged two out, soon led and fought bravely to see off challenge of the well supported Fast Exit who was making his British debut to win by one and a half lengths.
The SIS At The Heart of Betting Handicap Hurdle 2m 6f was run at a strong gallop. Trainer David Pipe made it a winning stable double when HAWKER under Kieron Edgar put in a dominant front-running performance to win. He was clear after the sixth, given a reminder two out and won unchallenged by seven lengths from Strong Wind.