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Jun 06, 2019

Newton Abbot Racecourse Review Wednesday 5 June 2019

Newton Abbot specialist Tamarillo Grove struck again to take the feature Racing Partnership Handicap Hurdle, seeing off the challenge of Passing Call to record his eighth course victory.

The two horses had finished first and fourth in another valuable race over the track three weeks ago and, although raised 8lbs by the handicapper for his one-length defeat of Nelson’s Touch, Tamarillo Grove was still well-handicapped on his best form. Passing Call had jumped the penultimate obstacle level with Tamarillo Grove that day, only to fade into fourth and, although Alan King’s mare got closer this time, she couldn’t hold off the challenge of the 12 year-old who took the lead at the final flight.

Cheshire trainer Donald McCain has his stable in fine form, landing at treble at Bangor-on-Dee the day before to take his seasonal total to nine. He sent two horses on the long trip to south Devon with Takingitallin contesting the opening Sky Sports Racing On Sky 415 Mares’ Maiden Hurdle over two and three-quarter miles.

Winner of a point-to-point, Takingitallin landed a Sedgefield bumper before returning to the course to finish runner-up on her hurdling debut three weeks ago and was well-supported in the betting market, as was the Harry Fry trained Eleanorofaquitaine, wearing cheekpieces for the first time and backed from 10-1 into 2-1 second favourite.

It was dual point-to-point scorer Lough Derg Rose, now with Alan King, who headed the betting to make a winning debut in the well-known colours of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, but she could only finish third as Takingitallin and Will Kennedy made all the running to hold off the persistent challenge of Parody, who didn’t help her chances with an awkward jump at the final flight.

Despite having to concede weight to his three rivals, Ffos Las winner Pingshou was sent off the odds-on favourite to take the Class 3 Racing Partnership Chase (A Novices’ Limited Handicap) for trainer Colin Tizzard. He looked to have a worthy opponent in hat-trick seeking Kentford Heiress, who won impressively at Warwick last time out, and Seamus Mullins’ mare, twice a course winner over hurdles, made it back-to-back wins over fences when taking advantage of a last fence blunder by the favourite to score by six lengths.

Warwick winners Story of Friends and Thebannerkingrebel looked to have the Novices’ Hurdle over two miles and a furlong between them and they dominated the betting with Thebannerkingrebel sent off the 2-7 market leader.

Having won over two miles and three furlongs, Story Of Friends was dropping back in trip, whereas Thebannerkingrebel was going up in distance, but he handled the extra furlong with ease, strolling home by 14 lengths and looking like a horse with a big future.

After the success of Tamarillo Grove earlier, it was the turn of Ladies Dancing to show that age is just a number when the 13 year-old made all the running with Page Fuller to take the Peter Mcnally Birthday Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.

Strongly challenged by Flanagans Field over the last two flights, Ladies Dancing knuckled down well for Fuller to give Cullompton trainer Chris Down his first win of the season.

It was a double delight for McCain as Ink Master also justified the long journey to the course, making much of the running to take the David Palmers Yellow June.W Handicap Chase. Ridden by amateur Theo Gillard, Ink Master had been slipping down the handicap and, although carrying top weight, was only 2lb above his last winning mark and he proved too good for Bramble Brook.

The biggest field of the afternoon saw twelve set out for the concluding Watch Sky Sports Racing In HD Handicap Hurdle and it was course winner Lapford Lad, a faller when sent off favourite at last week’s meeting, who came out on top again in the hands of Sean Houlihan for trainer Sue Gardner.

The next raceday here at Newton Abbot Racecourse is Friday 14 June, with gates opening at 3.45pm and racing starts at 5.45pm. Tickets can be bought at our online ticket store until 10am on the day of the fixture and at the gates on the day.