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Jul 10, 2017

Newton Abbot Race Report Friday 7 July

Racing at Newton Abbot Racecourse last Friday saw Paul Nicholls consolidate his position as the course’s leading trainer when Braqueur D’Or, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies, landed the feature Racing Partnership TRP Novices’ Handicap Chase in good style.

Nicholls had notched up five winners at the previous last two meetings but Braqueur D’Or, who was making a quick reappearance after winning at Stratford on Tuesday evening, was his sole runner of the day. Building on his promising run behind Calin Du Brizais over the course at the end of May, Braqueur D’Or was always travelling and jumping well at the Warwickshire track, never needing to engage top gear and, with main danger Lovely Job amongst three non-runners, he was sent off a red-hot favourite to follow up.

After Mahlers Star had set the early pace, it was Bletchley Castle who took them along with Twiston-Davies content to sit in behind on the favourite. Making a move at the 12th fence, he closed up on the leader, taking over the running with two jumps to go and Braqueur D’Or readily pulled away to win by six lengths.

Champion jockey Richard Johnson was hoping to get his new partnership with Upper Lambourn trainer Warren Greatrex off to a good start with Major Davis in the opening Follow Attheraces on Twitter Maiden Hurdle over two and three-quarter miles, but they couldn’t peg back favourite Buble, who was positively ridden by Tom Scudamore. Buble had been entered in two races at Stratford on Tuesday, but trainer David Bridgwater had elected to run him here instead and it proved the right decision. Sent to the front with a circuit to go by Scudamore, Buble was always travelling too strongly for Major Davis, whose cause wasn’t helped by some indifferent jumping.

Minehead trainer Philip Hobbs ran two in the day’s longest race, the Class 3 Wainwright Building Partners 50th Birthday Handicap Hurdle over three and a quarter miles, and it was 20-1 shot Miss Mobot who went closest to winning. Favourite Awaywiththegreys disputed the lead early on with Lillian, but was never in with a shout from there on, eventually finishing fifth. Jumping for fun out in front, Lillian looked to be going well until tackled by Miss Mobot at the third-last flight. The two had the race between them up the home straight, with Lillian regaining the lead approaching the final obstacle and, as Miss Mobot dived at the flight, she came away for a well-deserved win.

On Albert’s Head had been well backed in the morning for the Visit Selling Handicap Hurdle, shortening from 8-1 to go off the 11-4 favourite. For a horse who had yet to score in 14 attempts over hurdles and fences, top-weight Star Trouper was also pretty short in the market, trading at 5-1 before the off. Harry Cobden had On Albert’s Head well placed and, when Taste The Wine went to the front leaving the back straight, he seemed to have the move covered so it was just a matter of time until he picked off the leader. But, despite a mistake at the last flight, the veteran Taste The Wine wasn’t for passing and he ran on resolutely to score by a neck.

Patricktom Boru, who had been running well in point-to-points before finishing runner-up in a hunter chase last month, stepped back into open handicap company in the Racing Welfare Handicap Chase. Despite giving his all with conditional jockey Mitchell Bastyan, he couldn’t get past favourite Fort Gabriel, who had jumped superbly throughout and was completing a double on the day for the Bridgwater/Scudamore combination.

There was a close finish to the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, with favourite Cillian’s Well just holding off 16-1 shot Tamarillo Grove by a neck, with the veteran Bulletproof back in third.

Point-to-point winner Horse Force One, trained by Philip Hobbs, made a winning debut under Rules when scoring here last month and was sent off the 4-11 favourite to defy a 7lb penalty in the concluding AttheracesSky415 Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race. He had no trouble in following up, beating long-time leader Keyboard Warrior by 11 lengths, to give Johnson a welcome winner on his second day back riding after injury.

Join us for our next race on Sunday 23 July when we celebrate the start of the summer holidays with our popular Family Day fixture – tickets now on sale online.

There’ll be plenty of fun for all the family – a great way to kick-start the long summer holidays. Racing on the day starts at 14.10 and gates open at 12.10.

Tickets can be bought online until 17.00 on Saturday 22 July and will also be available to buy at the gates on the day. Children aged 16 and under and students with a valid student ID / NUS card enjoy free entry to every fixture at Newton Abbot.