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Jun 09, 2016

Newton Abbot Preview Friday 10 June 2016

We are well in to the 2016 season now with our seventh fixture fast approaching. What’s in store for this Friday, 10 June’s racing?

Reigning champion trainer Paul Nicholls is going flat out to land another title and he will be hoping to bag a double at Newton Abbot on Friday as he looks to extend his lead at the top of the table.

So far, Nicholls has run 41 individual horses in the opening weeks of the season, including Monsieur Gibraltar, his choice from four entries in the feature Novices’ Chase. A course winner over hurdles, Monsieur Gibraltar has finished runner-up in both his starts over fences, but disappointed when sent off the 1-3 favourite at Bangor-on-Dee last time, failing to peg back Avidity on the run-in.

He will need to step up on that form to score here and may find Pass The Time, who won impressively at Fontwell Park, beating another Nicholls-trained horse in Abidjan, too good for him. Pass The Time’s trainer Neil Mulholland is in red-hot form, having sent out seven winners in the last fortnight.

Whatever the fate of Monsieur Gibraltar, Nicholls should take the At The Races Sky 415 Novices’ Hurdle, which opens the meeting at 2.10pm. He had five entries in this, but relies on Beau Phil, a running-on third behind Floresco in a handicap over the course on his latest run. He was ridden by conditional jockey Harry Cobden that day, but Sam Twiston-Davies takes the ride this time.

Twiston-Davies has made a cracking start to the season, lying in second place in the championship table, just behind title holder Richard Johnson. He has ridden for 22 individual trainers, although it is Nicholls for whom he has been most successful with 12 wins from 31 rides at a strike rate of 39%.

Although the Devondale Electrical Handicap Chase has cut up to just four runners, it still looks an open contest and Mille Nautique, who got off the mark at the 13th time of asking at Huntingdon, may overcome a 7lb rise in the weights to follow up for trainer Alan King and jockey Tom Bellamy.

Avispa will be bidding to give King a quick double in the following Tiana Wishes Granny And Grumpy Happy Anniversary Mares’ Novices Hurdle, but she has to give weight to all her rivals and it may pay to take a chance with Lets Hope So, who was still in contention when falling at the penultimate flight at Southwell on her last run. Violets Girl, owned and bred by Harry Redknapp, was having her first run for eleven months when fifth to Miss Crick at Ffos Las and she could put up an improved showing here.

Eleven line up for the Par Inn Welcomes Baby Toby Mares´ Handicap Hurdle over a trip just short of two and three-quarter miles and Belcanto is fancied to follow up her Fontwell Park win for Lambourn trainer Jamie Snowden.

As that was a race for conditional jockeys, Belcanto escapes a penalty and runs off the same handicap mark of 99, which must give her a leading chance. Mrs Burbidge, who claimed her first win over jumps at Towcester, will again be ridden by David Noonan and gets a useful pull in the weights.

The Mulholland-trained Vexillum won well in the hands of Denis O’Regan at Fontwell and he could carry top-weight to victory in the Blue Cross For Pets Handicap Chase.
Wellington trainer Alexandra Dunn runs two, with Slidecheck, who won three races in March, preferred to stable companion Guaracha. Slidecheck, who will be ridden by Tom Scudamore, was not disgraced when fourth on his comeback run at Bangor-on-Dee last month and has half a mile less to cover this time.

Bumble Bay, who hasn’t won for nearly two years, may get his head in front in the Handicap Hurdle which completes the seven-race card.

So come along on Friday 10 June to see all the action for yourself: first race at 14.10 and gates open at 12.10… to book your tickets now click here or tickets available on the gates on the day or from our office – call 01626 353235.