Jun 20, 2016
Ladies' Day is here!
It’s St Austell Brewery Ladies’ Day at Newton Abbot tomorrow and we’re all looking forward to enjoying the excitement and fun of our most glamourous fixture of the year. The six-race card gets underway at 6.00pm with the richest race of the evening, the 80´s Gold, 14 August Novices´ Hurdle over two miles.
With just four runners lining up for this £11,500 contest, connections of Moabit won’t be complaining, as Paul Nicholls’ ex-French horse looks to have an outstanding chance of making it four wins on the bounce. Running in the colours of Owners Group, an off-shoot of the highly successful Elite Racing Club, Moabit brought up his hat-trick when easily scoring in a handicap at Stratford last time.
Arthur Burrell, trained at Saltash by Jackie du Plessis, sprung a 28-1 surprise when winning on his debut over the course, but was the last of four finishers on his first run over hurdles at Exeter in November.
Wadswick Court and Willem share top weight in the following Class 3 Austins Handicap Chase over a trip just short of two miles and five furlongs. Both look to have plenty on their plate and it might pay to check out others further down the handicap. Gowanauthat has won his last three races, but will have 19lb more to carry than for the first of those victories at Fakenham. Fear Glic was an easy winner from Comeonginger on rain-softened ground at Stratford a week ago and, although the runner-up is now 7lb better off, it is difficult seeing him turning the tables.
Bourne, who makes the long trip from Donald McCain’s Cheshire yard, could be the answer to a tricky-looking Thomas James Handicap Hurdle, in which point-to-point winners The Wealerdealer and Blazing Buck are both interesting contenders. Although his last win came three and a half years ago, Bourne ran well enough when third at Hexham last time out and now races off a rating of 93 compared with 140 at his best.
Of the others, Beggar’s Wishes, who has yet to win a race, will need to step up on his form so far and the Jimmy Frost trained Witchesintune, a late withdrawal at the last meeting, ran no sort of race when pulled up behind Edgar in a chase at Stratford.
Veteran Double Chocolate lines up in the Lewis Piper, Happy 18th Birthday Handicap Chase and would go close if reproducing the form of his win at Warwick last month. He was down the field at Fontwell Park next time, carrying 13lb more and, as he is on the same handicap mark today, will need to up his game to win again. Molly Oscar, who weakened from the third-last behind Dusk Till Dawn over course and distance on her latest run, could put up a better performance this time. Definite Ridge, weakening when unseating his jockey in a hunter chase at Fontwell Park, makes his debut for the Alexandra Dunn stable, but is difficult to fancy on his overall record.
The biggest field of the evening lines up for the RGB Recruitment Ltd Novices´ Handicap Hurdle and Mexican Border could run well for Littlehempston trainer Martin Hill. He is now rated 2lb lower than when runner-up to Exemplary at Taunton in November and was not disgraced behind Bumble Bay at the last meeting.
And we’re rounding up our Ladies’ Day racing appropriately with the David Chillery Celebrates His Long Service Award Handicap Hurdle for lady amateur riders. Celestial Magic has yet to get his head in front, but may have been found a winning opportunity by trainer Richard Phillips in this race, in which he will be ridden for the first time by Claire Hart. Frozen Over has a career record of seven wins, but the last of them came over 13 months ago. He finished runner-up at Kempton last time when ridden by today’s jockey Page Fuller and, although he has been raised by a 1lb for that effort, could still be in the shake-up if able to handle the soft ground.
So join us tomorrow for the social highlight of our racing calendar – tickets will be available on the gates.