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Jun 03, 2019

Newton Abbot Racecourse Preview Wednesday 5 June 2019

The £18,000 Racing Partnership Handicap Hurdle tops the bill at Newton Abbot this afternoon with course specialist Tamarillo Grove and Passing Call, first and fourth in another valuable race over the track three weeks ago, looking set to renew rivalry.

Twelve-year-old Tamarillo Grove was brought with a well-timed run by Connor Brace to challenge in the home straight and, although raised 8lbs by the handicapper for his one-length defeat of Nelson’s Touch, can’t be ruled out from gaining an eighth course win.

Passing Call had jumped the penultimate flight with Tamarillo Grove, looking to have every chance, but faded into fourth spot and Alan King’s mare runs off the same handicap mark this time.

Top-weight Locker Room Talk and the Paul Nicholls trained Tomorrow Mystery are amongst six previous winners entered in the later Novices’ Hurdle which, whilst less valuable, may be an easier option than this competitive-looking feature race.

There are 16 entries for the opening Sky Sports Racing On Sky 415 Mares’ Maiden Hurdle over two and three-quarter miles, including EleanorofAquitaine, who has had plenty of chances to get her head in front, and Jane Lamb, who has been a beaten favourite in three of her four outings for Dan Skelton.

Point-to-point winner Deputy Jones showed some promise on her hurdling debut, but it’s dual point scorer Lough Derg Rose, now with Alan King, who can take this in the well-known colours of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede.

Ffos Las winner Pingshou tops the ratings in the Class 3 Racing Partnership Chase (A Novices’ Limited Handicap), but may find it hard to concede weight to hat-trick seeking Kentford Heiress, who won impressively at Warwick last time out.

Sleep Easy, whose two hurdle wins came on soft ground, got off the mark over fences at the third attempt at Kelso with a six-length win. He jumped right-handed that day and will lose ground at his fences here if his jumping isn’t straightened out and it may pay to take a chance with the experienced Risk And Roll, who has hit the crossbar on more than one occasion.

Welsh trainer Tim Vaughan could hold the key to the Peter Mcnally Birthday Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, having entered Alltimegold, a facile winner over fences at Warwick last Wednesday, but beaten when seeking a four-timer at Worcester at the weekend, and Eric The Third, down the field here three weeks ago, but a seven-time winner in all over fences and hurdles.

New Millennium makes most appeal in the David Palmers Yellow June.W Handicap Chase for trainer Philip Hobbs, although Very First Time, who has three entries this week, would be an interesting contender on his first start for Dan Skelton.

Alltimegold is also amongst the 25 entries for the concluding Watch Sky Sports Racing In HD Handicap Hurdle, along with course winner Lapford Lad, a faller when sent off favourite at last week’s meeting, and Willyegolassiego, better off at the weights for a head beating by Petrify here last September.

Tickets can be bought at our online ticket store until 10am on the day of the fixture or at the gates on the day. Racing starts at 13.50 and gates open at 12.00. Hope to see you there.