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Sep 20, 2016

Newton Abbot Racecourse Race Report Friday 16 September 2016

Trainers Paul Nicholls and Tim Vaughan were both in double-winning form at Newton Abbot yesterday, but it was Frodon who was the equine star, taking the feature Attheraces Sky 415 Novices´ Chase in style.

Looking to land his eleventh championship, Nicholls came into the meeting in sixth place in this year’s table, which is headed by fellow West Country trainer David Pipe. He narrowed the gap courtesy of Beau Phil and Frodon, the latter taking the day’s feature on his first run over British fences.

A useful hurdler, Frodon put in some exuberant jumps for Sam Twiston-Davies on his way to beating course winner Tempestatefloresco. Having won on heavy ground earlier in the year, he looks to handle any going and should have a bright future. Disappointment of the race was Pass The Time who, having led to the sixth fence, seemed to lose her confidence and trailed in last of the four finishers.

Beau Phil was sent off the odds-on favourite to score his first win at the 11th attempt in the opening Riviera Stonemasons Maiden Hurdle, with Verygoodverygood next best in the betting. Oscar Fiain made the running at a steady pace until the penultimate flight where Sam Twiston-Davies drove Verygoodverygood into the lead, with Beau Phil looking to be struggling in behind.
But, untidy jumps at the last two hurdles didn’t help the leader’s cause and, in a close finish, Harry Cobden got Beau Phil up to win by a neck, with Oscar Fiain a long way back in third place.

Jack Bear has won twice on the Flat and he was fancied to make a winning debut over jumps in the PKF Francis Clark Maiden Hurdle, heading the market in front of Master Dancer and Echo Brava.

But, with Jack Bear making it no further than the second flight, it was Echo Brava who was left clear in front and he stayed there until the turn for home where he was joined by Master Dancer. There was a threat of the loose horse getting in the way, but Alan Johns steered Master Dancer away from danger and he ran on well to beat Echo Brava, with 40-1 outsider Honour Promise taking third.

Punters made the progressive Princess Tiana the 11-4 favourite to take the Climatic Engineering Ltd Handicap Hurdle over three and a quarter miles and she tracked leader Oliver’s Hill over the first two circuits, with Generous Chief close up in third.

But, she was a spent force turning for home where Generous Chief was joined by The Wealerdealer and Winter Walk. Making only his second appearance for Vaughan, Winter Walk went clear from the last flight to complete the stable double after the earlier success of Master Dancer.

The runners went a good pace in the Peter Goord Travel & Kuoni Handicap Chase and it was Belmount, who stayed on the best to see off the challenge of top-weight Miss Serious and Pawn Star, who was untidy at the last two fences. The win completed a double for jockey Twiston-Davies, who shared the afternoon’s riding honours with Alan Johns.

Twelve lined up for the Conditional Jockeys´ Handicap Hurdle but, at the end, there was only one horse in it, as course winner Dun Scaith was brought with a well-timed run by Patrick Cowley to win going away from Buz Barton and Fuzzy Logic.

In the absence of Natter Jack Croak, just four lined up for the concluding SIS Trading Services Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race. Pokari was a 66-1 shot when beaten a length by Bagad Bihoue in a similar race here in July, but the bookies weren’t as generous this time.

Bagad Bihoue had boosted the form by going on to land three hurdle races and Pokari, returned the 6-4 favourite, proved too good for Down Royal winner Third Estate.

Racing returns to Newton Abbot on Monday 26 September. You can buy your tickets online now at our online ticket store. Tickets will also be available at the gate on the day.