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Jul 01, 2016

Newton Abbot race report Friday 1 July 2016

Our second 2-4-1 Friday proved full of excitement and thrills with a number of great wins along with some beautifully turned out runners, particularly fitting as its Stable Staff week.

Relentless Dreamer and Jonathan Moore put up an impressive performance to land the feature SIS Horses In-Running Novices’ Handicap Chase and make it three wins from her last three runners for Welsh trainer Rebecca Curtis.

Carrying just 2lb more than when winning at Ffos Las last time out, Relentless Dreamer took over from Fuzzy Logic at the sixth fence, leading his rivals a merry dance, jumping fast and boldly out in front. Although Jarlath tried to lay down a challenge at the second-last fence, Relentless Dreamer had plenty left in the tank and went away for a five-length success.

Both runners from the Paul Nicholls stable ran disappointingly, with favourite Maxi Chop never looking like landing a blow and stable-companion Amanto pulling up after making bad mistakes at the third and sixth fences. But, champion trainer Nicholls didn’t leave the course empty-handed as Bagad Bihoue, well beaten on his British debut at Wincanton, stepped on that performance to make all the running in the concluding Attheraces Sky 415 Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race, holding on by a diminishing margin from 66-1 outsider Pokari.

Three-times point-to-point winner Banny’s Lad was sent off the 2-1 favourite to take the opening Sean Dooner Is Back Maiden Hurdle for Yorkshire trainer Mick Easterby but, although he got there in the end, was made to fight all the way by market rival Beau Phil. Jumping into the lead at fourth flight, Beau Phil looked to be going well on the home turn, as Arthur Burrell and Asknotwhat both started to feel the strain. In behind, Banny’s Lad was making steady progress after hitting a flat spot earlier in the race and he came to challenge Beau Phil at the penultimate hurdle, proving just the stronger on the run to the line, scoring by half a length.

There was no hanging around in the Ashley FC Tours – Ashdash Handicap Hurdle as Richard Johnson, who had been in double-winning form at Perth the day before, set a fast pace on the well-handicapped Tamarillo Grove. It told on him in the end, however, as Tamarillo Grove was a spent force when the runners straightened up for home where What a Scorcher looked to be going like the winner. But, Harry Cobden was just biding his time on Worcester winner Courtlands Prince and they led at the last flight to go away from What A Scorcher and keep favourite backers happy.

Veneaux Du Cochet, a winner of five races in France, made an impressive British debut for Littlehempston trainer Martin Hill when romping away with the Handicap Hurdle. Held up by Liam Heard, he was cantering all through the race and it was just a question of when his jockey pressed the button. Jumping into the lead at the penultimate flight, Veneaux Du Cochet, who went off at 25-1, soon forged clear of his rivals and looks a smart recruit to the Hill stable.
Course winner I’llhavealook was withdrawn at the start of the Visit Selling Handicap Hurdle for not wearing the cheek pieces he had been declared to run in, resulting in an appearance before the stewards for Shaldon owner/trainer Katie Stephens.

When the field got underway, it was Dun Scaith, one of two runners for trainer Sophie Leech, who won in some style in the hands of Tom Scudamore, beating Barton Rose, who had to settle for a place once again. There was no bid for the winner at the post-race auction.

Scudamore was aboard joint market leader Dusk Till Dawn in the following Racing Welfare Stable Staff Week Handicap Chase but, after vying for the lead with Strumble Head early on, he dropped away to be last of the runners with a circuit to go, eventually being pulled up. Strumble Head continued to set the pace and, although tackled by both Free Of Charge and Detank, ran on gamely for Tom O’Brien to score a deserved victory.

Why not celebrate the summer holidays with us at our next fixture on Sunday 17 July? Bring the whole family along for a great day out – remember children under 16 and students, with a valid ID card, get in free. Book your tickets here.