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Aug 30, 2016

Newton Abbot race review - Wednesday 31 August

It’s our last evening meeting of the season at Newton Abbot Racecourse and champion trainer Paul Nicholls is fancied to land the feature £12,500 Newtonabbotrace On Twitter Chase with Keltus.

The choice from two entries by Nicholls, Keltus comes into the race with good credentials, having won twice at Hexham before finishing runner-up to War Singer in a good contest over the course last month. He should be able to concede weight to his three rivals in this limited handicap. Master Dee has finished runner-up in two similar races, but has been raised in the weights both times and now runs off an 11lb higher handicap mark. Chasing debutant I’dliketheoption was well behind before running on at the end to finish third to Instant Karma in a hurdle race at Stratford and the winner franked the form when following up here next time.

The six-race card gets underway at 17.05 with the SIS Stream Mares´ Maiden Hurdle in which Poisoned Berry, a winner at Worcester on her first start for the David Pipe stable, looks a leading contender. Runner-up Black Sam hasn’t re-appeared since, but Lady Robyn, who was two and a quarter lengths behind in third place, runs at Southwell this afternoon so, come the meeting, racegoers will have a better idea of the strength of the form. Miss Mobot’s form figures don’t inspire confidence, with Philip Hobbs’ mare having failed to complete the course four times before finishing third to Beneficial Joe at Worcester ten days ago.

There is a competitive-looking field of eight for the PKF Francis Clark Handicap Chase over a trip just short of three and a quarter miles, with the weights headed by dual-winner Peterbrown. Despite being beaten here last time out, his handicap mark has been raised again to 108 and he looks to have a stiff task. Louis Phillipe bounced back to winning form when beating Wyndcrest over the course earlier this month, but both his career wins have been at shorter distances. Kings River is lightly raced, having just his 12th career start here, and has not been seen out since May. The worry would be his ability to handle fast ground (his sole victory coming on heavy going), but his trainer Venetia Williams runs few horses through the summer months, this being only her fifth runner in August in the last five years, so Kings River must be one for the short-list.

The biggest field of the evening lines up for the ROA/Racing Post Owner´s Jackpot Handicap Hurdle over two and three-quarter miles and Pembridge, who sprang a 100-1 surprise at Stratford a week ago, makes a quick re-appearance under a 7lb penalty. Conditional jockey Harry Cobden has a good record for trainer Jimmy Frost, having won twice from just three rides, but it is difficult to see him winning this on Buz Barton, who was tailed off on his last appearance at the course. In what looks a wide-open contest, Double Court, who has been runner-up in his last three starts, is taken to get his head in front at the 17th time of asking.

The consistent Beat The Tide won his first race over jumps when beating Pixiepot at Market Rasen off a rating of 103 and is just 4lbs higher in the Bishop Charter Developments Handicap Hurdle.

From a choice of two engagements, trainer Philip Hobbs has opted to run Dry Ol’ Party under top weight in the concluding Attheraces Sky 415 Conditional Jockeys´ Handicap Hurdle, when she will be partnered by Thomas Cheesman. But, Mount Vesuvius, who has been busy of late, could be the one to be on if returning to the form of his course victory earlier this month. He will be ridden by the experienced Thomas Garner, who will be looking for his 48th career win.

Tickets for the fixture are available online until 5pm on Tuesday 30 August or can be purchased directly from the racecourse office or by calling 01626 353235. Tickets will also be available for sale on the gate on the day.

Gates open at 15.05 and the first race starts at 17.05.