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Apr 03, 2014

Meeting review - April 1st 2014

The betting market suggested there was only three contenders in the opening race The Ladies Day 24 June Maiden Hurdle Race 2m 1f. Leading contenders Revaader and 7/4F Remiluc duly dominated in the early stages but the race was over when the David Pipe trained SAIL BY THE SEA drew clear three out under Tom Scudamore to win easily by 25 lengths from Star Date. The winner could possibly be heading to the Punchestown Festival.

The Handicap Hurdle Race 2m1f was run a brisk gallop as the main contenders took each other on. MISTER FANTASTIC ridden by Robert Dunne and trained by Dai Burchell made headway five out and went well clear after three out to win comfortably easing down up the home straight to beat 3/1F Hold The Bucks by 7 lengths. The winner could be one to note this summer.

It was dual chase winner CAMDEN who landed The NewtonAbbotRace On Twitter Handicap Steeple Chase 3m2 ½ f for Upper Lambourn trainer Oliver Sherwood. Jockey Leighton Aspall made all on the winner whilst his jumping was’nt clever he pulled it out under pressure to win by 12 lengths beating from the Tom George 9/4f Seven Woods.

The David Pipe and Tom Scudamore combination made it a double when VOLT FACE won The SIS Live ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race 2m3f. The Paul Nicholls trained Rothman set off as the short priced favourite but never looked comfortable and tailed off, the winner made steady headway and took it up to lead after the second last he was eased in the run-in and beat St Dominick by 3 ¾ lengths.

The At The Races Sky 415 Handicap Steeple Chase 2m 6 ½ f was run at a fair gallop. The Jeremy Scott trained SPECIAL ACCOUNT was sent off the 16/1 outsider of the seven runners, however the race began to fall apart turning for home and he stayed on well under jockey Liam Heard to hold off the challenge of Tolkeins Tango to win by a two length margin.

It was the father and son combination of Nigel and Sam Twiston-Davies who took the honours with JAUNTY JOURNEY in The Independent Racecourses Limited IRL Handicap Hurdle Race 3m 3f. The winner was pushed along and given plenty of encouragement from his jockey finally taking command two out staying on well to win by 3 ¾ lengths from the Seamus Mullins trained Brunette’sonly.

CHOSEN MILAN trotted up to easily win The Totnes & Bridgetown Races Company Novices’ Hunters’ Chase 2m 5 ½ f gaining compensation for his near miss at Stratford in March. He was prominent throughout under rider Mr E David, drawing well clear three out to win for his handler R E Duke by a 31 length margin from Little Cornham with 13/8f Certain Flight a further 1 ½ lengths back in third place.