Oct 17, 2016
Final fixture of the season at Newton Abbot - Thursday 20 October 2016
Come and join us at Newton Abbot Racecourse this Thursday 20 October for our last racing of 2016 when there’ll be a six race card for you to enjoy. We’ve a great line up of top trainers, jockeys and horses so make sure you make it a date in your diary.
Minehead trainer Philip Hobbs has his string in good form, with three winners over the weekend, and he could hold the key to our feature race. Hobbs has two entries in the £9,500 Download The Free Attheraces App Novices’ Handicap Hurdle in the shape of course winners Verni and Wolftrap. Both would be re-appearing after a summer break, with Verni facing a much more difficult task than when winning a maiden hurdle back in April. However, having had just two runs for the stable, Verni could be open to the most improvement, although he would face stiff opposition from the progressive Peter The Mayo Man, who took the eye with a smooth win at Warwick. Another to note is the three-year-old Nachi Falls, who has rattled up a hat-trick and was considered good enough by his trainer Nigel Hawke to have an entry in last Saturday’s Welsh Champion Hurdle.
Hobbs is well represented amongst the 32 entries for the opening SIS On-Demand Racing Games “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle over two miles and three furlongs, with Drumlee Sunset, a wide-margin winner at Warwick in March, looking the best of his four possibles.
Champion trainer Paul Nicholls is also piling up the winners as he seeks to land his 11th title and has entered Capeland, who finished third to Geordie Des Champs over hurdles at Chepstow, and Coup De Pinceau, who would be making his hurdling debut, but has alternative engagements at Exeter and Worcester this week.
Course winner Abbeygrey, who hasn’t run since December 2014, and the consistent Generous Chief top the weights in the Nick Ayliffe “A Lifetime In Racing“ Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase. Abbeygrey would return off his last winning handicap rating of 100, but Generous Chief, who has an option of running at Ludlow the same day, could come out the better of the pair, being rated 10lb lower over fences than hurdles.
There is another big entry in the Par Inn Support ”Prostrate Cancer UK” Handicap Hurdle including Midnight Sapphire, whose three wins have all come at the course. This is her only entry of the week, but she will need to overcome a 4lb rise in the weights for her most recent victory when ridden for the first time by Nick Scholfield. A better bet could be Quinto, if stepping up on his run behind Ballinure, his first for Buckfastleigh trainer Jimmy Frost.
Also entered is Winged Express, but he might turn out instead in the following Friends Of Jon Hearne Memorial Handicap Chase where he could face The Yank who, whilst not the most consistent of performers, has some form in the book that would give him a chance in this.
The Attheraces Sky 415 Handicap Hurdle brings the curtain down on the year and, despite an 8lb rise in the weights, Aramadyh might confirm the form with Moulin Rouge from their meeting last month.
You can buy your tickets now online or call in to the racecourse office or contact us on 01626 353235. Tickets will also be available on the gates on the day.
Racing starts at 14.20 and the last race is at 17.10. Gates open at 12.20.
We’ll be back again in the spring of 2017 with another 18 fixtures for more great days out full of excitement and fun. Join us for our first race of 2017 on Tuesday 4 April.
We look forward to seeing you soon…