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Apr 29, 2014

Abbot’s Whispers - Race Review Friday 25th April

The National Coastwatch Teignmouth Station Maiden Hurdle Race 2m 3f was run a solid pace and the winner and runner-up proved to be in a class above the rest. The Paul Nicholls trained 1/2f FOGGY’S WALL running in the colours of Mr & Mrs Mark Woodhouse had tracked the leaders under Harry Derham and took the lead approaching the second last to take command and win by 9 lengths from the second favourite Twice Returned.

There was a lively pace set and some suspect jumping in The Olive And Jack Oliver Memorial Handicap Chase 2m ½ f. It was the 6/4f THE NEPHEW ridden by A P McCoy and trained by Jonjo O’Neill who took the prize money, despite jumping to the right at times he took it up from two out to see off the challenge of Delphi Mountain under Conor O’Farrell to win by a length and three quarters.

The third race The Newquay Zoo Novices’ Hurdle Race 2m6f became a wining double for the partnership of trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Harry Derham when 4/7f SILSOL won. The winner and the runner-up Kris Spin set a good pace and dominated the race with the winner going in front after the second last to win running on well by 2 ¼ lengths with the third Master Todd a further 41 lengths behind.

A P McCoy made it a winning double for himself and a hat-trick for trainer Paul Nicholls when 1/5f MR MOLE took The Visit Us At Novices’ Steeple Chase 2m 5 ½ f. The hot favourite made all at an easy pace and gave the champion jockey a few hair-raising moments at several of the jumps, he was never tested by the field and was in command winning by 3 ½ lengths from the Paul Henderson trained Master Mariner. The second was having his first race under rules and maybe one to note having been placed 17 times between the flags.

The Independent Racecourses Ltd IRL Handicap Hurdle Race 2m 1f was a competitive contest run at a medium pace despite the small field. The 10lb claim of jockey Alan Johns proved decisive on the Tim Vaughan trained DOVILS DATE holding off the challenge of the A P McCoy on the 10/11f Chalk It Down from the Warren Greatrex stable to win by a neck. Both winner and second are worth following this summer with more to come from both!

The Totnes And Bridgetown Races Company Novices’ Hunters’ Steeple Chase 2m 5 ½ f was run at a decent pace. It was the stamina of BERMUDA BOY trained at Leominster and ridden by Mr P Gerety that saw him home to win his first chase under rules. He stayed on well to lead nearing the finish holding off the challenging Double Bank to win by a neck.