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Jul 10, 2019

Newton Abbot Racecourse Race Review Friday 5 July 2019

Favourite Court Duty and champion jockey Richard Johnson survived a last fence blunder to land Newton Abbot’s feature race on an afternoon when the south Devon course played its part in supporting Racing Staff Week.

In his bid to win a fifth consecutive title, Johnson is travelling the length and breadth of the country and came to Newton Abbot having ridden a double at Perth the day before. Taking the lead down the back straight, Court Duty looked to have the Class 3 Newton Abbot Racecourse Supports Racing Welfare Week Novices’ Handicap Chase in the bag, but failed to rise high enough at the last fence, sending Johnson out the side.

You won’t see many better recoveries and Court Duty played his part by running on determinedly to hold the challenge of Templepark by a neck, with course regular Old Harry Rocks in third.

Long odds-on Parody cruised through the opening Racing Partnership Supporting Racing Staff Week Maiden Hurdle, relishing every yard of the two and three-quarter mile trip. She had left her bumper form behind when chasing home Takingitallin over course and distance at the beginning of June and was always in control of the race, finishing 11 lengths clear of outsider Minella Rising to add to trainer Paul Nicholls’ fine record at the course.

Irish-trained The Jam Man landed a bit of a gamble at Southwell and followed up with another easy win at Cartmel, both over fences. Although entered in the feature novice chase, owner/trainer Ronan McNally opted to put him back over the smaller obstacles in the long-distance Class 3 Racing Welfare For All Of Racing’s Workforce Handicap Hurdle.

The jumps all come alike to The Jam Man at the moment and, after being held up by Aidan Coleman in a steadily-run race, he came alongside Mighty Leader on the turn for home and won without coming out of first gear, beating the staying-on Cottonvale, with Mighty Leader belying his 40-1 starting price back in third.

For its class, the Celebrating Racing’s Workforce Selling Handicap Hurdle carried a good prize fund of £9,000 and that was reflected in the size and competitiveness of the field which saw 15 runners line up, with the betting headed by Hot Ryan at 11-4.

It was 11-1 shot Show’s Over who came out ahead from top-weight Harbour Force, whose chances weren’t helped by a mistake at the last flight, and the winner went back to Fergal O’Brien’s Cotswold stable, having failed to attract a bid at the post-race auction.

Ginjo, lightly-raced in recent seasons and Fontwell Park winner Musical Stardust, judged to be the best turned out in the race, were the two that punters went for in the Like @racingwelfare At Facebook Conditional Jockeys’ Mares’ Handicap Hurdle.

But, neither could get near Khismet, who came right around the outside of the field to go clear in the home straight and beat top-weight Chilli Romance by 12 lengths to bring up a double for Bridgend trainer John Flint.

The bold jumping Little Windmill and Bryony Frost set the pace in the #racingstaffweek Handicap Chase, but they were passed in the air at the final fence by Lord In Red who, in turn, just held the late challenge of Marble Moon in one of the best finishes of the afternoon for the Christian Williams Racing Club.

Belfast Banter was a beaten favourite last time out, but came good in the closing National Hunt Flat Race, sponsored by Sky Sports Racing, moving easily past leader Noel’s Boy over a furlong out and winning with plenty left in the tank.

The afternoon just got better for John Flint as Arabella Tucker steered Native Soldier to victory over Agent Gibbs in the Betfair Racing Staff Week Cup run in aid of Racing Welfare.

“She has been with us for five years, rides out every day and travels the horses” said Flint. “She has an amateur license and I hope that this win will encourage more people to give her rides.”

The next raceday at Newton Abbot Racecourse is Saturday 13 July – gates open at 12.25 and racing starts at 14.25. Buy your tickets at our online ticket store