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Abbot's Whispers - Racing Review June 16th

Race Review 16th June 2014

There was a surprise in The SIS At The Heart Of Racing Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle 2m 1f when the 30/100f August Hill threw the race away when losing momentum approaching the last and not have sufficient time to recover when headed by the Mark Gillard trained ENCHANTING SMILE. She took advantage of the favourite running green and won by a short head under Tom O’Brien.

In form jockey Gavin Sheehan continued his good run when cajoling Irish raider MOSS GROVE to win The Handicap Steeple Chase 3m 2 ½ f. The Irish raider trained by Eamonn Fehily brother of jockey Noel led four out and stayed on well to beat Rogue Dancer by 3 ¾ lengths. The winner is worth following as he looks to have plenty of potential.

The Newton Abbot Racecourse On Facebook Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f looked a very competitive handicap and did not disappoint. The John Ferguson trained HONOUR SYSTEM won nicely under Tony McCoy but his task was made easier by the fall three out of the favourite Ravani. The winner disputed the lead three out and went clear after the second last to beat Winning Spark by 3 ½ lengths.

Tony McCoy quickly made it a winning double when he comfortably won The Handicap Steeple Chase 2m ½ f on the 11/8 favourite ABLE DEPUTY. The winner trained at Cheltenham by Kim Bailey challenged two out and easily won by six lengths from Bullet Street, he will be worth following this summer as there is potentially more to come.

Jockey Gavin Sheehan made it a double winning ride when making all on SILENT KNIGHT in The Independent Racecourses Limited, IRL Handicap Hurdle 3m 3f. The winner trained by the in-form Warren Greatrex whose team currently have a 50% strike rate never looked in any danger and stayed on strongly to beat The Kings Assassin by 1 ¾ lengths.

The Sarah-Jayne Davies trained RESPECTUEUX made it back to back wins here when landing The SIS Top-Class Data Delivery Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase 2m ½ f. The winner who is thriving for his new yard jumped and galloped so well he had the opposition in trouble a long way out and won by five lengths from Chance Encounter.

BERNISDALE backed up last month’s promising second at Stratford when winning The Visit Us At Handicap Hurdle 2m 3f. Trained by John Flint at Bridgend she led two out and although jumping awkward at the last ran on strongly under Tom O’Brien who was also completing a winning double ride to beat 5/2 f Applause For Amy by five lengths.