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Jun 14, 2016

Newton Abbot Race Report Friday 10 June 2016

There was some great racing on our first 2-4-1 Friday of 2016: Gabrial The Great led his rivals a merry dance to land the feature attheraces.com Novices’ Chase for trainer David Pipe and owners Paul and Clare Rooney.

Taken straight into the lead by Tom Scudamore, Gabrial The Great soon built up a commanding advantage with the other jockeys seemingly content to bide their time, expecting him to come back to the field on ground softened by the morning rain that had hit the course. But, the leader wasn’t for stopping as, despite a couple of hairy jumps, Gabrial The Great stayed out in front and, although favourite Pass The Time closed the gap on the run to the last fence, he was still five lengths to the good at the line.

Policy Breach, who cost owner Dan Hall 140,000 euros, was sent off the 4-6 favourite to recoup some of his purchase price in the opening At The Races Sky 415 Novices’ Hurdle, but had to settle for second place behind Dun Bay Creek. Turning into the home straight, the race looked to be between Policy Breach and the Paul Nicholls trained Beau Phil, but the complexion changed at the penultimate flight where 8-1 shot Dun Bay Creek jumped to the front and quickly asserted his authority to win comfortably in the hands of Wayne Hutchinson.

One For The Boss had been well backed from 12-1 into 7-2 during the morning to take the Devondale Electrical Handicap Chase and the gamble was landed as he led entering the home straight and ran right away from his three rivals for a 16 lengths success. Disappointment of the race was favourite Mille Nautique, who made much of the running, but weakened quickly when headed by the winner and was pulled up before the last fence.

Champion jockey Richard Johnson was on the scoresheet with Ivor’s Queen, who was another to build up a big lead from the off when taking the Tiana Wishes Granny And Grumpy Happy Anniversary Mares’ Novices Hurdle, beating the 11-8 favourite Avispa, who could make no impression on the leader over the last two flights.

It’s seventeen seasons since Andrew Thornton had his first rides and the veteran jockey made the long trip from his home in Yorkshire for just one mount on Midnight Sapphire in the Par Inn, Welcomes Baby Toby Mares´ Handicap Hurdle. It proved a winning one, as Victor Dartnall’s runner stayed on strongly to deny Buy Me Out and favourite Belcanto to take Thornton to within five of his target of 1,000 career wins.

It was the turn of an equine veteran in the following Blue Cross For Pets Handicap Chase when 14-year-old Maizy Missile recorded her third course victory, proving too strong for Ladies Dancing and Faith Jicaro, with the trio finishing well clear of the rest.

It’s nearly two years since Bumble Bay last won a race but, under a confident ride from Tom O’Brien, he came from last to first to take the concluding newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Hurdle and deny locally-trained Ice Konig by one and a quarter lengths.

Our next fixture is an annual favourite – Ladies’ Day On Tuesday 21 June. Why not join us for an evening of glitz, glamour and exciting racing… Tickets available on line here or just phone us on 01626 353235. Tickets also available on the gate on the day.