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May 15, 2017

Newton Abbot Race Review Wednesday 10 May 2017

Henryville was the star of the show at Newton Abbot last Wednesday, taking the feature Class 2 Racing Partnership TRP Handicap Chase by five lengths.

Jockey Niall Madden rode a patient race on the Harry Fry trained runner, delaying his challenge until the home straight and taking up the running over the last fence to win the valuable prize. Fry was delighted with the win, saying “Once they turned in, I thought he would reel them in, and he got the job done. My wife deserves credit too, as she rides him out every day.”

Leading trainer at the course Paul Nicholls was in double-winning form, with Southfield Vic landing the attheraces Sky 415 Handicap Chase under Bryony Frost. Coming back from a break, the gelding followed up on his winning form last season and Frost was able to kick on over three fences from home and storm 24 lengths clear of the chasing pack.

The second leg of the Nicholls double came courtesy of odds-on favourite Capitaine in the newtonabbotrace On Twitter Beginners’ Chase, but it could all easily have gone wrong at the very first fence where Capitane, a winner of three races over hurdles, spooked, almost unseating jockey Sam Twiston-Davies.

But, he soon settled into a rhythm, building up a healthy lead on his chasing debut and Twiston-Davies was able to ease him down over the final fence to coast home by ten lengths.

“We will put him away for the summer, he has learned a lot here and has that now under his belt“ said the winning trainer.

In the Barbara Dodson Memorial Novice Hurdle, it was the turn of the Dan Skelton team to take the spoils with Irish point-to-point winner Momella. Cheltenham scorer Brillare Momento had been sent off the odds on favourite, but it was Momella who demonstrated a good turn of foot under Harry Skelton, who had squeezed the mare on over the second last coming home a two-length winner.

Talent To Amuse and jockey Daryl Jacob took The Novices Hurdle for the Emma Lavelle team. Adrrastos had set the pace and made most of the running until Jacob timed his move over the last flight on Talent To Amuse, going on to win by one and a half lengths.

Champion jockey Richard Johnson was on the mark in the Visit Handicap Hurdle on 6-1 shot Clearly Capable. Having survived a mistake at the last which catapulted him out of the saddle, Johnson managed to keep with the horse and go on to a three and a quarter-length win.

The final race of the day, the SIS Trading Services Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, had a strong field of 16 runners. Muffins For Tea had been backed into 2-1 favourite and didn’t disappoint his followers, as Harry Cobden kept him handy before taking up the running after the second-last flight to win by two lengths from Lets Go Dutchess.