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Aug 04, 2014

Busy month of racing at Newton Abbot Racecourse

After a short break, racing returns to Newton Abbot on Wednesday 13th August and Littlehempston trainer Martin Hill will be hoping that his recent hot streak of form continues in August.

Hill hit the target three times at the last meeting here, starting with stable star Detroit Red, who won the afternoon’s big race to record her fifth career win, and following up with impressive novice chaser Tzora and debutant Watcombe Heights, who came with a storming run in the straight to take the concluding bumper.

Sheriff Hutton made it win number five at Worcester last week, taking the stable’s prize money this season to nearly £35,000. Although still behind last season’s best-ever tally of 11 wins, Hill’s strike-rate has improved from 15% to 19%.

Alice Mills was aboard Detroit Red when the mare won at Newton Abbot in May, but the other four have been partnered by Hadden Frost, who has also been successful at the track this season riding for his father Jimmy, who trains at Scorriton near Buckfastleigh.

Wednesday’s seven-race card kicks off at 2.10pm with the Follow @AtTheRaces On Twitter Graduate Juvenile Maiden Hurdle, which is the type of race that West County trainer David Pipe usually likes to have a runner in. Pipe currently lies third in the trainers’ championship behind Jonjo O’Neill and Donald McCain.

His stable jockey Tom Scudamore is also having a good season, vying for second place with Richard Johnson in the riders table, although both have a lot to do to catch leader A P McCoy.

Plymouth-based Actuate Marketing sponsor the second race, a handicap chase over two miles and the afternoon’s feature is the Class3 Novices´ Chase over an extended three and a quarter miles.

The final contest, the Newton Abbot Race On Twitter Conditional Jockeys´ Handicap Hurdle, is due off at 5.20pm.

Gates will open two hours before the start of the first race at 12:10pm. Tickets can be bought online at and will also be available to buy at the gates on the day.

There is free entry for students on production of a valid photographic student ID or NUS card and also accompanied children aged 16 and under. The Family Enclosure will be open for all August fixtures, with games for children and a view of the racing for parents.