May 27, 2014
Abbot's Whispers - Race Review Wednesday 21st May
The betting market made the opener The NewtonAbbotRace On Twitter Novices’ Hurdle Race 2m 6f a two horse match and it proved to be right as they both turned for home. It was the 8/13f VESPERAL DREAM trained by Paul Nicholls who finally edged out Lexicon Lad taking the lead approaching what turned out to be the last (usual two out) going clear under Harry Derham to win by a 4 length margin.
A superb ride from Andrew Thornton on the quirky BOSSS IN BOOTS in The SIS Bringing Betting To Life Handicap Steeple Chase 2m ½ f saw the 2/1f home. Trainer Seamus Mullins had fitted blinkers for the first time to help the winner concentrate it did the trick although he had looked slightly one paced. He took advantage when Miss Tenacious blunder at the second last and went clear after the last to beat her by 3 lengths. There will be more to come from both the winner and second.
DETROIT RED returning to action from a short break after finishing runner-up at Chepstow last time put her rivals to the sword in The At The Races Sky 415 Handicap Hurdle Race 2m 3f. Trained locally by Martin Hills at Totnes the Hamairi mare led going to the second last and soon went clear under Alice Mills to win easily beating Party Palace by 9 lengths with the third horse Look For Love a further ten lengths back.
PERFECT TIMING was making his chasing debut in The BHE & ST Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase 2m 5 ½ f. He was in a league of his own as he easily won from the front, his jumping was so impressive he had his rivals under pressure a long way out. Trained by Johnny Farrelly at Bridgwater and owned by the regulars of the Swan Inn at Hanham near Bristol the bay gelding was eased down going to the line by Brendan Powell beating Rusty Nail by 9 lengths with the third placed Shades Of Autumn a further 16 lengths behind. The winner will be sure to be back on the racecourse quickly before the handicap makes life a little tougher!
Johnny Farrelly quickly landed his first training double when BEDOUIN BAY landed The newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Hurdle Race 2m 6f for the Bridgwater handler. There was a solid pace set and the winner was held up by Robert Hawker before being shaken up to lead going to the last and running on well to beat the John Panvert trained Watchmetail by a six length margin.
The sounder surface and a tongue-tie seemed to suit LATELO who pulled clear with the second placed horse Pauls Conn to win The Newton Abbot Racecourse On Facebook Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race 2m 1f. The Charlie Mann trained winner was making his second start following his debut at Warwick back in January, he had tracked the leaders until being squeezed through by Harry Bannister to lead a furlong out beating the second horse by two lengths.
The Ronnie Cook Memorial Handicap Hunters’ Steeple Chase 2m 5 ½ f looked to be an open contest once the class act Penrose Mill was withdrawn. SWALLOWS DELIGHT made the most of the opportunity to score his first win under rules. Trained by Julie Mansell at Dursley in Gloucestershire the brown gelding led three out and keep on well to beat Double Bank by 2 ¾ lengths.