Sep 01, 2014
Abbot's Whispers - Race Review Thursday 21st August
The At The Races Maiden Hurdle 2m 1f was run at a steady gallop the unbeaten Mondlicht from the inform John Ferguson stable started 4/7 favourite but he could only manage third place and looked unsuited by the quick surface. The Martin Keighley CLASSIC COLORI under Killian Moore claiming 5lb made all and despite a mistake at the second last asserted himself after the last to hold off the challenge of Miss Fortywinks to win by 1 ¾ lengths.
CRANNAGHMORE BOY was clearly suited by the longer trip in The St Loye’s Transitions Handicap Chase 3m 2 ½ f. The Jim Best trained winner tracked the leaders under A P McCoy and drew well clear four out to win very easily from Georgian King by a 12 lengths margin the runner-up had come here in good form but looked under pressure along way out.
Local trainer Martin Hill based at Totnes kept up his impressive record at the Devon track this summer when TZORA landed The newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Hurdle 2m 3f. The winner purchased for £2,200 over two years ago made it back-to-back wins here after winning a chase last time, under Hadden Frost he made his move three out and was clear going over the second last and ran on well to beat the 5/2 favourite Chalk It Down by 1 ¼ lengths.
The Living Coasts Torquay Handicap Hurdle 2m 3f was run at an honest gallop. The Chris Down trained KEY TO MILAN was back down in trip, he was one of the first to be driven on by rider Giles Hawkins and jumped clear three out to lead down the home straight winning by a comfortable 19 lengths from handicap debutant Entry To Evrywhere who looks like he will benefit from this outing.
The four runners went a steady pace in The Paighton Zoo Handicap Chase 2m 5 ½ f. GORTEENWOOD who has enjoyed a purple patch since joining Mark Gillard’s stable at Sherborne this summer ran out a gutsy winner under a superb ride from Tom O’Brien. He made all and jumped well throughhout to beat the Evan Williams trained Zama Zama by 1 ¾ lengths.
The IRL Independent Racecourses Ltd Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race 2m 1f looked a fair bumper and was run at an honest gallop. The John Ferguson trained ARABIC HISTORY who is related to plenty of classy Flat performers tracked the leaders under A P McCoy, was pushed along 5 furlongs out, ridden into 2nd place 2 furlongs from home and soon drew clear to win by a 11 length margin from 7/4 favourite Upsanddowns. This win made it the quickest 100 wins in a season for the champion jockey A P McCoy.