Aug 09, 2016
Newton Abbot race review Wednesday 10 August - 150th anniversary
Tomorrow Newton Abbot celebrates its 150th anniversary, having started racing at the current venue on the north bank of the River Teign with a two day meeting in August 1866.
Amongst the many great jockeys and their mounts to have raced at Newton Abbot the course can count Prince Charles who rode for the last time here and multiple champion Sir Anthony McCoy who recorded the fastest century of winners by a jockey when Arabic History won the last race at the evening meeting on 21 August 2014.
Top of the bill on this Wednesday’s seven-race card is the £11,500 SIS Horses In Running Handicap Hurdle in which Lambourn trainer Nicky Henderson runs top-weight Royal Irish Hussar, who had an outing recently on the Flat at Newbury, from his three entries. Instant Karma bounced back to form at Stratford, beating Brotherly Company, and should go well again, despite the inevitable rise in the weights. Dual scorer Mr Kit Cat, makes his handicap debut here, but looks to have it all to do from an initial mark of 120. Bottom weight is Phantom Prince, trained near Buckfastleigh by Jimmy Frost, who returned to winning ways at the last meeting after some wide-margin defeats in his previous runs for the stable. He has been raised 9lb for his win over novice Mexican Border, but may still give Instant Karma a run for his money.
The meeting opens at 2.10pm with the newtonabbotracing.com Maiden Hurdle and Barwick, who has won six times on the Flat, makes a belated first appearance over jumps at the age of eight for Manton trainer George Baker. Former Godolphin inmate Excellent Team, now with trainer Dan Skelton, again found one too good for him at Stratford, the third time he has finished runner-up over jumps. The vote goes to Taper Tantrum, who makes his hurdles debut for Newmarket trainer Michael Bell, and for whom the booking of champion jockey Richard Johnson looks significant.
Recognition, who beat previous winner Milrow at Market Rasen, could follow up in the Still Time 80´s Gold This Sunday Juvenile Hurdle, although he has to give weight to newcomer Diamant Bleu, whose South Molton trainer Nick Williams has done well with horses bought in France, and Invocation, who has gone close on both his runs, but may not quite see out the trip in a fast-run race.
Winning Ticket may get off the mark in an open-looking Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap Hurdle if reproducing his form behind Birch Hill at Market Rasen, although he looks to have plenty to do from his rating of 103.
Three-time point-to-point winner Tempestatefloresco is an interesting contender for trainer Colin Tizzard in the day’s longest race, the 150 Anniversary 1866-2016 Novices´ Chase over three and a quarter miles. He was also entered in the opening hurdle, but Tizzard has opted to go chasing instead, lining up with stable companion Kingscourt Native, who hasn’t won since January 2015, but was rated 140 at his best.
Kilfinichen Bay is the only winner over fences in the field and, although out of form of late, takes a drop in class here and could give Johnson a double on the afternoon.
Course winner Accessallareas couldn’t live with Spring Steel last time out, but remains in good form and should go well in the Actuate Marketing, Plymouth Handicap Chase.
Buggi, who was fourth under Richard Johnson to Machiato on her debut here last month, lines up in the concluding Shallowford Farm Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race. Aidan Coleman is in the saddle this time as Johnson switches to Canton Prince but, in a race with little form to go on, Toulouse The Plot might give trainer Kim Bailey his ninth winner of the season.
So join us for our 150th anniversary fixture, tomorrow 10 August. Remember the first 200 adults through the gates will receive a free Goodie Bag and the first 200 children (under 16) through the gates will receive a free gift. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!