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Aug 19, 2016

Newton Abbot Preview Saturday 20 August 2016

Another bumper crowd is expected at Newton Abbot this afternoon when Sharp Rise and Aidan Coleman are taken to land the feature event on the valuable seven-race card.

In all, there is guaranteed prize money of £70,000, with the biggest share on offer for the toteexacta Handicap Hurdle over two and three-quarter miles, in which Sharp Rise reverts to hurdles after a successful spell over fences.

But for a mistake at the last jump at Stratford on his penultimate run, Sharp Rise would be unbeaten in his last four starts, with his most recent success coming off a handicap mark of 150. His last win over hurdles came at Kelso in April from a mark of 135, so he looks to have a stiff task this afternoon from a rating of 149, meaning he has to concede 15lbs and upwards to his seven rivals.

He looks the class horse of the race, however, and should be up to the challenge, with Tzora, whose trainer Martin Hill is seeking his 50th winner over jumps, the likely danger.

Tzora has had just one run since scoring twice over the course two years ago, having every chance at the penultimate flight behind Miss Crick last month. He has never won over this trip but, if he reproduces the form of that run, should give the top-weight something to think about.

Mr Mountain, who broke his duck at the sixth attempt when beating Princess Roania over course and distance last month, tops the weights in the opening toteScoop6 Bet Now Novices´ Handicap Hurdle. He was also entered in the feature race, but trainer Emma Lavelle has opted to keep him to novice company.

Although he faces just three opponents, with the runner-up letting the form down when failing to complete at Stratford last week, there is a question mark over the value of his win. He also has to concede weight to the others and may find Uttoxeter winner Nikki Steel too good on today’s terms.

Gowanauthat, who has been given a break since the beginning of June, is seeking a four-timer in the toteScoop6 Racing´s Millionaire Maker Handicap Chase. He missed an engagement at Stratford on Thursday to wait for this race and, running over his ideal trip, could score again despite a rise up the handicap.

Course winner Miss Tenacious will be a popular choice in the toteScoop6 Results At Handicap Chase. Conditional jockey Harry Cobden has been in the saddle in all of her last twelve races and, although her last win was back in May, she always runs her heart out.

Notarfbad was well-backed to make a winning return after a long absence at Stratford in June, but the gamble went astray when he was pulled up before the last fence. He put matters right when making all the running to score easily at Fontwell Park from a 4lb lower mark and, although facing the inevitable hike in the weights for that win, still looks well-treated on a rating of 125.

Easily Pleased has struggled of late, being well-beaten over hurdles last time, but all three of his wins have come over the course, including this race last year, and he could put up an improved performance.

Trainer Alexandra Dunn struck with Steel Spring at Fontwell Park on Thursday, her fifth win of the season. She has had plenty of misses, however, with just three of the 21 horses sent out from her West Buckland stable hitting the target.

One of those successes came courtesy of Definite Ridge at Cartmel in July and he will attempt to add to the stable tally in the totetrifecta Novices´ Handicap Chase, but may find Free Of Charge, who drops back to novice company after unseating Richard Johnson over the course on his last run, too good.

Dual hurdles winner Bleu Et Noir was no match for Bagad Bihoue at Stratford last time but, with the winner going in again at the Warwickshire track two days ago, the form looks pretty solid and he should prove a cut above his five rivals in the toteswinger Novices Hurdle.

Mount Vesuvius bounced back to form at the last meeting, winning for the first time for nearly three years and, despite a 4lb rise in the weights, could double up in the concluding toteplace Handicap Hurdle. Polo The Mumm, whose trainer Jackie du Plessis does well at the course with her small string, should also go close on only his third run over jumps.