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Jul 17, 2019

Newton Abbot Racecourse Race Report Saturday 13 July

Still last with a circuit to go, the Peter Bowen trained Henryville made steady progress through the field to collar San Satiro going to the final fence and land Newton Abbot’s feature Class 2 Actuate Marketing Handicap Chase.

Formerly trained by Harry Fry, Henryville was making his seventh appearance for Bowen and, coming off an 87-day break, he showed the kind of form that had earned him a rating of 153 two years ago. Now on a mark of just 132, the 11-1 shot readily went clear of his rivals under trainer’s son Sean to score comfortably by two and a half lengths.

Just three lined up for the opening Watch Sky Sports Racing In HD Novices’ Chase over two miles and five furlongs and, with outsider Candyman Can always trailing, it turned out, as the betting suggested, to be a match between Ennistown and Pingshou.

A winner on his chasing debut, Pingshou may well have followed up over the course last month, but a last-fence blunder ruined his chances in the race won by Kentford Heiress. Taken straight into the lead by Harry Cobden, he held a clear advantage until making his first mistake of the race at the third-last fence and, from there in, he had a fight on his hands to hold off Cartmel scorer Ennistown.

A good jump at the final obstacle saw Ennistown go to the front and he quickly put the race to bed on the run to the line to land his third win since joining trainer Anthony Honeyball a year ago.

Hat-trick seeking No Hidden Charges was a very short price to land the Follow @attheraces On Twitter Novices’ Hurdle and he never came out of first gear, cruising home with Tom Scudamore to beat Iona Lad.

Doctor Look Here, ridden by Lucy Gardner for her mother Sue, took the day’s longest race, the Fiona Crawford Equestrian Photographer Lady Riders’ Handicap Hurdle, from Maebh and joint favourite Cotttonvale, relishing every yard of the three miles and three furlongs trip.

Held up early on, Doctor Look Here led into the straight with Gardner looking round for danger and, with Cottonvale not able to raise his game, it was Maebh who ran on to be second, although never looking like mounting a challenge.

The biggest field of the afternoon lined up for the newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Hurdle and it saw a career-best performance by the ex-Irish Global Tour, who was winning for the fourth time from five starts this season for conditional jockey Max Kendrick, just getting the better of top-weight Magical Thomas, who had made much of the running under Millie Wonnacott.

No No Cardinal is a bit of a standing dish at the course, having made 18 appearances since joining Mark Gillard’s stable, winning two of them. At the age of 10, he seems to have hit a rich vein of form and, after wins at Plumpton and Worcester, he made it three on the bounce in the Racing Partnership Handicap Chase, beating Dark Invader and Auld Sod with plenty to spare.

The closing Newton Abbot Racecourse On Facebook Handicap Hurdle looked an open affair on paper, but it proved to be pretty straightforward for Isle Road, who made all the running with Kielan Woods to beat Court Affairs by 10 lengths. Tailed off behind Lapford Lad when last seen over hurdles at the course back in May, Isle Road emphatically turned the form round with Sue Gardner’s dual course winner, who was sent off joint favourite with Court Affairs, but could only finish fourth this time.

The next raceday at Newton Abbot is Family Day on Sunday 21 July. Gates open at 12.05 and the first race is at 14.05. Tickets can be bought at the racecourse’s online ticket store until 10am on the day or at the gates on the day.