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Jun 02, 2014

NEWTON ABBOT PREVIEW MONDAY 9 JUNE 2014

There is plenty of action coming up at Newton Abbot in the next two months with six meetings in all for racegoers to enjoy, starting with next Monday’s seven-race card.

Monday’s meeting gets underway at 2.15pm with the At The Races Sky 415 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle over two and three-quarter miles. The highlight is the Class 3 SIS At The Heart of Racing Novices´ Chase and the afternoon finishes with the SIS Bringing Betting To Life Handicap Hurdle at 5.15pm.

The course is running a Super Monday Special 2-4-1 ticket offer throughout the summer, whereby racegoers can enjoy two Paddock Enclosure tickets for £18. Tickets must be booked by noon the week before, so there is still time to buy for the following week’s meeting on the 16th.

Tickets will be left in the ticket office in the centre of the course for those racegoers arriving by car. Those walking to the course should contact the general office in advance to ensure that their tickets are left at the pedestrian entrance.
Other dates covered by the offer are July 7 and 14, together with September 8 and 29.

West Country trainers have been bagging some big prizes at the course this season with former jockey Johnny Farrelly landing two winners at the last meeting with Perfect Timing and Bedouin Bay.

The latter has gone on to win again at Worcester and, with Farrelly also scoring at Stratford last Friday with Qulinton, a horse that he used to ride when attached to the David Pipe yard, the stable remains bang in form.

Another to watch out for is Littlehempston-based Martin Hill, whose Detroit Red took the meeting’s biggest prize last time. Hill had eleven winners in the 2013-14 season, netting over £64,000 for his owners, a big jump from the previous twelve months when he visited the winner’s enclosure just three times.

So far this season, Detroit Red has been his only winner and was well beaten in her subsequent run at Stratford on Saturday evening, so it will be interesting to see if Hill can maintain the progress from last year.

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls has been slow off the mark in the current campaign which started on 27 April and hot favourite Vesperal Dream was just his second winner of the season when taking the opening race at the last meeting.

A double at Worcester on the same day, both ridden by Nick Scholfield who is now the stable number two jockey behind Sam Twiston-Davies, increased the tally further and, although there have been more disappointments since, it could still pay to give his runners next week plenty of attention.

The next fixture at Newton Abbot Racecourse will take place on Monday 9 June. Tickets are priced at £18 for the Paddock Enclosure and £12 for the Course Enclosure and can be bought online at www.newtonabbotracing.com until 5pm the day before the fixture. Tickets will also be available at the gate on the day. The first race will start at 2:15pm, with gates opening at 12:15pm.

Tickets for Monday 16 June’s 2-4-1 fixture can be bought online and racegoers have until Monday 9 June to book tickets for the offer. Tickets for the racecourse’s 2-4-1 offer can be bought online at www.newtonabbotracing.com or by calling the racecourse office on 01626 353235.