May 09, 2017
Newton Abbot Racecousre Race Review 10th May
The class 2 Racing Partnership TRP is the feature on Newton Abbot’s seven race card today, and with more than £22,000 in prize money, a quality field will be in action.
Harry Fry saddles his recent Cheltenham winner Henryville who survived a blunder at the last to win the two miles three furlongs limited handicap chase in good style. He’s been put up 7lbs, and given he appears to have on and off days, a safer option could be the Dan Skelton-trained Virigilio, a course and distance winner who won grade one chases at Kempton and Aintree last season. Fox Appeal was a decisive winner over course and distance last month and also comes into the reckoning.
Racing begins with the Barbara Dodson Memorial Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle where the Martin Keighley-trained Brillare Momento can continue her good run of form. She carries penalties for a brace of recent wins, but there could be more to come from the six-year-old.
Irish point-to-point winner Momella makes her debut under rules for Skelton while quicker ground may suit the Nigel Hawke-trained Pomme.
The three miles one furlong Attheraces Sky 415 Handicap Chase could be another opportunity for a Skelton-trained horse with Master Jake looking a viable option on the back of double of wins having rattled up four seconds in a row.
He’s stepped up in trip today and if he copes with the extra distance should be thereabouts while Paul Nicholls saddles Southfield Vic, a winner of three of his eight starts over the bigger obstacles who has been raised 2lb for his latest win at Fontwell.
A super novices’ hurdle is in prospect with 11 lining up in the two mile race. Talent To Amuse, from Emma Lavelle’s yard, has won two out of two over hurdles and there could be more to come, while Champagne City, another decent performer on the Flat for Mark Johnston, is an interesting new recruit for Tom George on his hurdles debut.
Amour De Nuit is in good form and is a proven performer in today’s conditions. He comes in to it too, if he can shrug off a penalty for his course and distance win last month.
Culm Counsellor, trained by Chris Down at Cullompton, was a staying on fourth at Exeter last month and has chances in the Visitattheraces.com Handicap Hurdle where Neil Mulholland’s Dites Rien can capitalize on his two good efforts in defeat with more improvement likely to come.
The four in the beginners’ chase include Nicholls’ Capitaine, a winner at Wincanton in April who makes his chasing debut today. The Gipper, who has had four wins over hurdles for Evan Williams, is another having his first start over fences.
Eighteen go in the SIS Trading Services Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle and plenty have chances including Ken Cunningham-Brown’s duel course winner Bulletproof who wasn’t beaten far at Huntingdon last time.
Also running are Muffins For Tea who was beaten two and a half lengths at Chepstow by Zulu Oscar a month ago and course winner Lets Go Duchess who is dropped back in trip today.