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Sep 26, 2016

Newton Abbot Preview - Monday 26 September 2016

Join us today for our last Monday fixture of the 2016 season – there’s plenty of excitement to be had. We still have two racedays left in October for you to enjoy, so make a date in your diary for our last 2-4-1 Friday on the 7 October and for Thursday 20 October.

The consistent Miss Tenacious, who will be ridden by Harry Cobden, is fancied to land her second win over the course in our feature At The Races Sky 415 Handicap Chase this afternoon. Last time out, Miss Tenacious finished a close-up fourth to Owen Na View at Worcester, with Canicallyouback just ahead of her. Whilst her two rivals have been raised 4lbs for their efforts, Miss Tenacious races off the same handicap rating of 128 today and, although she has never won from such a high mark, has a good chance of turning the tables in this £11,500 contest.

Champion jockey Richard Johnson is setting a hot pace in this year’s title race with 74 winners on the board already and he can add to his tally on Ivor’s Queen in the opening Visit Mares´ Novices´ Hurdle at 2.00pm. She was impressive over the course and distance in June, making all the running to beat Avispa, and the winner franked the form when scoring at Stratford a month later. Not disgraced when runner-up on her next run, Ivor’s Queen fell when leading at the sixth flight at Fontwell Park last time out. Solstalla took a keen hold in her last race at Worcester, but Nico de Boinville managed to anchor her and come with a good run to beat Angel Face. On form, she looks the danger.

Just three go to post for the South West Racing Club Novices´ Chase and the race looks a match between Ballybolley, a good winner at Haydock Park before finishing a distant fourth to Douvan at Aintree, and chasing debutant Marracudja, a winner of two hurdle races at Wincanton, but pulled up on his final outing of last season. Trained by Paul Nicholls, Marracudja runs in the colours of the newly-formed Ditcheat Thoroughbreds, having previously been owned by Potensis Bloodstock and, in receipt of 6lbs, could make a winning re-appearance.

Nicholls could double up in the following Bryan And Ilva Westcott Memorial Novices´ Hurdle with Rainy City, his choice from two entries although, having won three times, he has to carry 18lbs more than his two rivals. Part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, Rainy City’s weight will be reduced by the claim of conditional jockey Stan Sheppard, but he will need to be on top form to beat Templeross, who makes his hurdles debut today ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies for his father Nigel.

A bad blunder at the fifth flight put paid to the chances of Exemplary at the last meeting and Johnny Farrelly’s runner will be out to make amends in the attheraces App Now Available Handicap Hurdle over two and three-quarter miles. He races off the same handicap mark of 104 today and, although receiving weight from all the other runners, may find the progressive Polo The Mumm too hot to handle. Trained near Saltash by Jackie Du Plessis, Polo The Mumm has won his last two starts, being particularly impressive at the course last time out. Inevitably, this didn’t escape the handicapper’s attention and, although upped 12lbs to a new rating of 110, he may still be one step ahead and can win again.

Kentford Heiress was disqualified when first past the post in a race here last year and, after rattling up a hat-trick at Fontwell Park, is looking for a fourth win in a row.
The largest field of the day lines up for the concluding “Sharp Rise” Good Luck In America Selling Handicap Hurdle over an extended two and a quarter miles and this looks a good opportunity for Bernisdale to get back to winning ways. Successful here in May from a handicap mark of 84, Bernisdale has won twice on the Flat over the summer, but disappointed on her last run over hurdles when only sixth at Stratford. She races from a rating of 88 this time but, hopefully, will be up to the challenge.

So join us this afternoon for a packed schedule – tickets are available on the gates. Gates open at 12 and the first race starts at 14.00.