Oct 15, 2018
Newton Abbot Racecourse Race Review Friday 12 October 2018
There was very much an autumnal feel about Newton Abbot’s Season Finale last Friday, with rain having turned the ground soft and, on an afternoon of surprises, it was outsider of the party Beggar’s Wishes who landed the feature Class 2 Weatherbys Racing Bank Intermediate Chase.
With One For Billy an absentee, five set out over the two miles and five furlong trip with Ditcheat trainer Paul Nicholls, who has had a quiet time at the course this year, saddling Dolos, a wide-margin winner at Ascot in November and just touched off in a valuable handicap at Ayr in April.
Although he closed the gap over the final two fences, Dolos couldn’t catch 8-1 shot Beggar’s Wishes, who had jumped past favourite Benatar at the 10th fence to steal a precious advantage and complete a hat-trick of wins for trainer Peter Bowen and his son Sean.
There was another good prize up for grabs in the day’s longest race, the Weatherbys Racing Bank Foreign Exchange Handicap Hurdle and it also went to the Bowens, as top-weight Rolling Maul dug deep to see off the persistent challenge of Timeforben.
Punters were in for a shock in the opening British Stallion Studs EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle when odds-on favourite Crooks Peak, a bumper winner over the course a year ago, was beaten into fourth place behind Colonel Custard.
A course winner last May for Minehead trainer Nicky Martin, Colonel Custard led soon after jumping the penultimate flight to comfortably beat Glen Forsa, who was always close to the front end by five lengths.
Progressive hurdler Maria’s Benefit was withdrawn from a race at Warwick last week because of the drying ground, but there were no such problems here and she led for most of the race to land the Class 3 Thank You To All Our Customers This Season Novices’ Chase.
Ridden as usual by Ciaran Gethings, despite being headed by Flying Tiger over a couple of fences, it was pretty plain sailing for Maria’s Benefit as she beat second-favourite Mont Des Avaloirs, whose cause wasn’t helped by an awkward jump at the second-last fence.
A competitive-looking field of thirteen lined up for the Weatherbys VAT Services Mares’ Handicap Hurdle, but there was only one horse in it where it mattered, as Miss Mash and Tom O’Brien took the race by the scruff of the neck in the home straight to beat dual course winner Western Sunrise by 11 lengths, with 66-1 shot Avithos further back in third.
Formerly trained by David Pipe, The Two Amigos had transferred to Nicky Martin last December and landed the Racing Partnership TRP Chase to bring up the stable’s third success of the season and complete a double for both trainer and jockey Matt Griffiths.
Hold The Note, trained by Mick Channon and ridden by Adrian Heskin, took the closing Weatherbys Racing Bank Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race to bring the curtain down on the 2018 season.
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