Sep 01, 2014
Newton Abbot Racecourse Prepares for its Biggest Ever Fixture
Saturday 30th August sees one of the highlights of the season at Newton Abbot when the Lord Mildmay Memorial Handicap Chase (Listed Race) tops a valuable seven-race card for the racecourse’s biggest ever fixture.
The fixture will be the racecourse’s biggest ever meeting with a total prize fund of £119,500, surpassing previous prize funds of £100,000.
Run over a trip of almost two and three-quarter miles, this fiercely competitive handicap commemorates Anthony, 2nd Baron Mildmay of Flete, who, in 1950, suffered an attack of cramp while swimming off the South Devon coast and drowned at the age of 41.
The Win Big With The totejackpot Juvenile Hurdle Race gets proceedings underway at 2.10pm and, in addition to the feature, there is another valuable race in the Class 2 Follow Scoop6 At totepoolliveinfo.com Handicap Hurdle.
Last Thursday at the track, champion jockey A P McCoy brought up his 100th winner for the season in record time, scoring a double with Crannaghmore Boy and Arabic History. The victory was made extra special after McCoy took part in the well-known Ice Bucket Challenge, which has seen numerous celebrities and fundraisers be drenched in ice cold water to raise money and awareness for the ALS Association.
The evening hadn’t started well for McCoy, however, as his mount Mondlicht, sent off the 4-7 favourite, could finish only third behind surprise 12-1 winner Classic Colori in the opening At The Races Maiden Hurdle.
Classic Colori made all the running in the hands of Killian Moore to hold off the challenge of Miss Fortywinks, who was finishing runner-up at the course for the third time this summer.
Winning trainer Martin Keighley saddled top-weight Georgian King in the following St Loye’s Transitions Handicap Chase. He had finished second in his last two starts, but the handicapper had given him a chance by lowering his mark by 1lb.
But, Georgian King had to settle for second place again, as McCoy took Crannaghmore Boy to the front four fences from home to go clear and win by 12 lengths, with the old man of the party Kirbys Glen even further back in third.
The big race of the evening was the third, the £18,500 newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Hurdle, in which McCoy’s mount Chalk It Down had to overcome a 14lbs rise in the weights for his easy Market Rasen win.
Tzoro was reverting to hurdles after comfortably beating Hallings Comet over fences here last month and he proved too strong for Chalk It Down, leading two flights out to win by one and a quarter lengths under Hadden Frost and provide local trainer Martin Hill with his fifth winner at the track this season.
The well-bred Arabic History made his debut in the IRL Independent Racecourses Ltd Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race for Newmarket trainer John Ferguson, but it was Upsanddowns, who had won a similar contest at Kilbeggan by 13 lengths, that punters sent off the 7-4 favourite.
At the post, it was Arabic History who prevailed to bring up the McCoy century in style, winning by 11 lengths.
Saturday 30th August will mark the end of the summer holiday season at the racecourse. The Family Enclosure will be open for the last time this season. With a number of giant garden games and inflatables, children will be kept entertained whilst parents enjoy a great view of the racing from the centre of the course.
Racing returns to Newton Abbot on Saturday 30th August, with the first race at 2:10pm and gates opening at 12:10pm. Tickets can be bought online until 5pm on Friday 29th August. Tickets will be available at the gate upon arrival.
Tickets cost £18 for the Paddock Enclosure and £12 for the Course Enclosure.
Children aged 16 and under and students with a valid photographic student ID or NUS card can enjoy free entry.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.newtonabbotracing.com.