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Oct 02, 2013

Abbot's Whispers - Racing Review Monday 30th September

The Happy Birthday Mum ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race 2m 3f was won last year by the Nigel Twiston-Davies trained The New One who went on to win at the Cheltenham Festival. This time he sent out the 1-10 favourite, OSCAR MAGIC to duly collect the prize monies. However punters were given a fright when the long-time leader looked in danger of being overhauled by Colin Tizzard’s Quite By Chance, but he rallied in the home straight under the trainer’s son Sam to win by 3 lengths.

The small field of four runners went a very steady pace early on in The Welcome Back Sean Dooner Handicap Steeple Chase 2m ½ f and all four were still in contention turning for home. It was Somerset based trainer Kevin Bishop’s mare CRUISE IN STYLE who disputed the lead at the final fence and produced a good turn of foot to see off the 5/4 favourite Bennys Quest winning by a 1 ¾ length margin.

A decent pace was set in the feature race The SIS Our Data Brings Betting To Life Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Race 2m 3f. MULTITUDE OF SINS trained by Colin Tizzard and ridden by his son Joe was stepping back down in trip having failed to stay 2m 6f here last time out, he ran out a decisive winner leading before the second last and drawing clear to comfortably win by 9 lengths from David Pipe’s Purple ‘N Gold.

The father and son combination of Dorset based Colin and Joe Tizzard soon made it a winning double when IVOR’S KING landed The Olive And Jack Oliver Memorial Novices’ Steeple Chase 2m ½ f. The winner made all on his chasing debut and looks a good prospect impressively beating the Paul Nicholls trained 8/11 favourite Valco De Touzaine by 5 lengths.

Former jump jockey Johnny Farrelly now based at Bridgwater has made a fantastic start to his training career. He sent out SPORTING BOY in the colours of Wayne and Sarah Clifford to land The AtThe Races Sky 415 Handicap Hurdle Race 2m 3f. The winner turned this handicap into a procession after he was sent to the front after the third last to win easily by 8 lengths from Zalgarry.

It was certainly a day for father and son combinations when trainer Jimmy Frost and son Haddon teamed up to win The Try totequickpick IfYou’re Feeling Lucky Handicap Hurdle Race 2m 1f with NORTH LONDON. The winner was returning from a six month break having been allowed to strengthen up over the summer it looks to have paid off as the he led going to the second last and held on to beat Chankillo by 1 ¼ lengths. It looks like the winner will now going chasing.

The Newton Abbot Races Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Steeple Chase 3m 2 ½ f turned into a war of attrition with a thrilling finish. VOLIO VINCENTE trained by Carol Gray was a well held third when jumping the last fence but picked up strongly to run down the gallant second Golden Squirell winning by 2 lengths, credit must go to jockey Jonathan Park who gave the winner a superb ride.