May 26, 2016
Newton Abbot race report Wednesday 25 May 2016
Newton Abbot’s first evening meeting of the year on Wednesday saw South Molton trainer Richard Woollacott land the feature £12,000 At The Races Sky 415 Handicap Hurdle when 14-1 shot Floresco and Conor O’Farrell held off the challenge of top-weight McCabe Creek by three lengths.
O’Farrell had Floresco well placed in behind the leaders out wide on the track, but his chances weren’t helped by a mistake at the fourth-last flight. He was quickly back on an even keel, however, and went past the leaders to move clear entering the home straight. Despite lurching to his left at the final two flights, Floresco had enough momentum to see him home from McCabe Creek, with Beau Phil a further length back in third.
Six lined up for the opening Independent Racecourses Limited (IRL) Mares´ Novices´ Hurdle over an extended two miles and five furlongs, with the betting dominated by previous winners Mia’s Storm and Aunty Ann, with odds of 20-1 and higher on offer for the rest.
It was Mia’s Storm, ridden by Wayne Hutchinson, who went off the 4-5 favourite to follow up her win at Wetherby and punters got it spot on, as she went past Aunty Ann at the penultimate flight to quickly go clear and notch up a 12th win of the season for Wiltshire trainer Alan King.
The trip was just short of three and a quarter miles for the Racecourse Welcomes Sherwell Valley School Novices´ Handicap Chase and the race went to Dusk Till Dawn, ridden by Tom Scudamore, who held off the strong finishing Mount Prospex.
Sherborne trainer Colin Tizzard missed out when Handy Andy could finish only fourth in the feature race, but he was on the mark in the Fred Champion Groundworks Handicap, as Gentleman Jon made light of his burden of 11-12 to see off his nine rivals.
Atlantic Roller led the field at a good pace, but a mistake down the back straight handed the advantage to Gentleman Jon and, although Thegreendalerocket tried to throw down a challenge, the result was never in doubt and Paddy Brennan’s mount ran on well to score by seven lengths.
Favourite backers had been having a lean time since the opening race, but Bernisdale, who had not won over jumps for nearly two years, put matters right when beating a big field in the Newton Abbot Racecourse On Facebook Handicap Hurdle for Bridgend trainer John Flint and jockey David Noonan.
Armaans Wish was well backed to follow up his Ludlow success in the concluding SIS Live Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race, but he was beaten by 14-1 shot Stand By Me, ridden by amateur Martin McIntyre for Minehead trainer Alan Jones.
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