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Jul 03, 2017

Newton Abbot Race Preview Friday 7 July

Trainer Paul Nicholls has been in sparkling form at Newton Abbot in recent weeks and he will be looking to continue his winning run with Braqueur D’Or in the feature Racing Partnership TRP Novices’ Handicap Chase this Friday.

Nicholls notched up two winners at the last Newton Abbot meeting to follow his three at the previous fixture. Having entered three horses in this Friday’s feature, he relies on Braqueur D’Or, who makes a quick reappearance after winning at Stratford on Tuesday evening.

Braqueur D’Or had travelled strongly when finishing third over hurdles at Warwick in May on his debut for Nicholls and he followed up with a promising second to Calin Du Brizais in a chase over this course, going down by just a neck.

The winner won again under a penalty on his next run, so the form had a solid look about it, and Braqueur D’Or put that experience to good use when jumping well and sauntering home for the easiest of wins at Stratford to bring up a double on the evening for jockey Sam Twiston-Davies.

The main danger at Newton Abbot looks to be Lovely Job, who made mistakes when falling at Cheltenham in April, but made amends when a wide margin winner at Uttoxeter last time out from an official rating of 116. He has been raised to a new mark of 125 as a result and it is difficult to see him conceding 4lbs to Braqueur D’Or in Friday’s contest.

Buble was entered in two races at Stratford on Tuesday, but trainer David Bridgwater has elected to run him instead in the opening Follow Attheraces on Twitter Maiden Hurdle over two and three-quarter miles. He was pulled up in a novices’ chase at Uttoxeter, but had shown up well when placed in two hurdles before that.

Major Davis unseated Gavin Sheehan at the very first flight at Uttoxeter two weeks ago, having shown promise when finishing runner-up on his previous two starts, and champion jockey Richard Johnson, who could be in for a good afternoon, takes over this time.

Stuart Kittow’s Gaelic Surprise also hinted at better things to come when third to Bubbles Arcade in a bumper here two meetings ago.

Longest race of the afternoon is the Class 3 Wainwright Building Partners’ 50th Birthday Handicap Hurdle over three and a quarter miles and Philip Hobbs has entered course winners Katy P and Miss Mobot, both of whom will be on many people’s shortlist for the race.

Our Folly caused a 14-1 surprise when landing the final race at the last meeting, beating favourite Lake Shore Drive, but it’s Worcester winner Amron Kali, trained by Paul Henderson, who catches the eye with Johnson on board for the first time.

The largest field of the afternoon is set to line up for the Visit Selling Handicap Hurdle, with the weights headed by Star Trouper, who has yet to score in 14 attempts over hurdles and fences.

Aaman won over the course a year ago from a rating of 82, but three unplaced runs have seen him drop back to a mark of 79 and Johnson again looks a significant jockey booking.

Patricktom Boru, who had been running well in point-to-points before finishing runner-up in a hunter chase last month, should go well despite having to carry top weight in the Racing Welfare Handicap Chase. The 7lb claim of conditional jockey Mitchell Bastyan reduces his burden and he should see off his six opponents, the best of which could be Martin Hill’s Beuvron, who had finished behind Calin Du Brizais on his debut for the stable.

Although at the veteran stage, course winner Bulletproof would be in with a chance in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle. The danger could be Cillian’s Well, who attracted market support when winning at Stratford and was not disgraced off today’s handicap mark at Worcester on his next run.

Also of interest is Tamarillo Grove, who has a career-high rating of 123, but has slipped down to a mark of 95.

Point-to-point winner Horse Force One, owned and trained by Philip Hobbs, made a winning debut under Rules when scoring here last month and could defy a 7lb penalty in the concluding AttheracesSky415 Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

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