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Jul 26, 2016

Newton Abbot race report 25 July

The sun shone and the crowds turned out to watch jockey Aidan Coleman as he landed a first and last race double on Mr Mountain and debutant Machiato at our 25 July fixture.

There was just one and a half lengths between Princess Roania and Beau Phil when the two met at Taunton back in April 2015 and they crossed swords again in the opening EPDS Racing Welfare BTO Series 2016 Maiden Hurdle. Whilst Princess Roania was the better of the two again, she couldn’t cope with the late surge of 20-1 outsider Mr Mountain, who was brought to challenge at the final flight by Coleman and forge ahead on the run to the line.

Lady Robyn, a model of consistency in Irish point-to-points, finishing runner-up in her last four starts, and Machiato, making his first ever appearance in a race for Sherborne trainer Colin Tizzard, were sent off the 2-1 joint-favourites to take the concluding At The Races Virgin 534 Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race. It was Machiato who came out on top, leading over a furlong out to beat Our Merlin, with Lady Robyn back in third.

Course winner Accessallareas returned to form at Stratford when beating Badgers Retreat and, although he had been raised 9lb for that effort, still looked well-in on his best form in the Independent Racecourses Limited, IRL Handicap Chase. Sent off at 14-1 to score another win over the course, he could make no impression on Spring Steel, who led four fences from home and landed a first career win at the 21st attempt. Despite failing to complete the course in his last five races, Spring Steel, trained at West Buckland by Alexandra Dunn, was backed from 14-1 into 4-1 prior to racing and, although easing slightly in the on-course betting market, justified his support for jockey Richie McLernon, who had ridden a winner for the stable at Cartmel a week ago.

The consistent Miss Crick, the choice from two entries by trainer Alan King, landed the feature SIS Stream Handicap Hurdle in the hands of jockey Wayne Hutchinson, holding on in the tightest of finishes to beat Billbushay by the minimum margin of a nose. Twice successful over hurdles, Miss Crick was beaten by Hassle at Uttoxeter on her last run but, with the winner having run well subsequently in a hot handicap at Market Rasen behind the progressive Red Tornado, punters sent Miss Crick off the 2-1 favourite to get back on the winning trail. They duly collected, but it was a close-run thing as Billbushay and Tom Cannon, having been headed before the last flight, fought back on the run-in, just failing to get up. Perspicace was backed from 8-1 to 5-1 to put his disappointing last run at Stratford behind him, but David Pipe’s runner again failed to fire, finishing a well-beaten fourth.

Favourite backers were again in the money as 7-4 shot Canicallyouback took the following At The Races Sky 415 Novices´ Handicap Chase by seven lengths from Jarlath, who was filling the runner-up spot for the second time running, having chased home Relentless Dreamer on his last outing at the course. Twice a winner over hurdles, Canicallyouback was scoring for the second time over fences, having landed an open handicap at Uttoxeter earlier this month. After being sent into the lead by regular jockey Paul Moloney between the last two fences, he was always holding Jarlath at bay, coming home the smoothest of winners.

Mexican Border, trained nearby at Littlehempston by Martin Hill, was looking to follow up his easy win at the last meeting in the 80´s Gold, Here 14 August Handicap Hurdle, but he found one too good this time in the shape of Phantom Prince, ridden by Harry Cobden. Trained near Buckfastleigh by Jimmy Frost, Phantom Prince has been steadily coming down in the weights, but this was still a big improvement on his last run at Uttoxeter when he was beaten 50 lengths. Mexican Border’s cause wasn’t helped by a sloppy jump at the penultimate flight but, having led into the home straight, Phantom Prince wasn’t for stopping, giving Cobden a second win for the stable after Archie Rice at the last meeting.

Present Accepted has been in fine form of late and completed a hat-trick of wins for Kentisbeare trainer Rod Millman in the newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Chase. Despite being carried wide on the home bend by Celtic Intrigue, James Best brought Present Accepted through to lead at the final fence, where a good jump settled the issue, and he ran on strongly to land a poignant success in the colours of the Late Nerys Dutfield.

Our next race is our 150th anniversary fixture on Wednesday 10 August. Why not join us and celebrate our 150th birthday with us? There’s a free goodie bag for the first 200 adults through the gates and free gift for the first 200 children though the gates. Tickets are available to buy now online here or from the racecourse on 01626 353235. Tickets will also be available on the gates on the day. For the chance to win tickets to our anniversary fixture join our mailing list here.