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Jun 28, 2017

Newton Abbot Report Tuesday 27 June 2017

Ditcheat trainer Paul Nicholls scooped the feature event for the second meeting running at Newton Abbot on Tuesday evening, as Trevisani and Bryony Frost landed the Sounds of Summer Sunday 16 July Novices’ Hurdle.

Nicholls had been in treble-winning form at the last meeting, with Trevisani getting the ball rolling in the very first race when, despite an error at the final flight, he had run out a comfortable winner. He was looking to make it three wins over jumps in the feature, in which the main danger was Old Harry Rocks, who was a late withdrawal that day because of the quickening ground.

This time, trainer Harry Fry let Old Harry Rocks take his chance to set up a fascinating duel between the two and there was just a short head separating them, with Frost again excelling, getting her mount up to win right on the line after another mistake at the last.

An experienced point-to-point rider, she has been well-taught by her father Jimmy, who trains near Buckfastleigh, and, with the support of Nicholls, could well be a contender for the amateur jockeys title this season.

Seeanythingyoulike had finished third behind Ladies Dancing at the course last month and Jeremy Scott’s runner was sent off the 2-1 favourite to see off his nine rivals and land the opening Racing Partnership Novices’ Handicap Hurdle over two and a quarter miles.

But, it was Clearly Capable, who had won at the first time of asking in Britain after joining trainer Brian Barr when scoring over the course last month, who prevailed. Pulled up on his next two outings, he clearly has ability, however, and bounced back to form here, making all the running with champion jockey Richard Johnson.

At the post, he had two and a quarter lengths to spare over Starlit Night, with Seeanythingyoulike, who had every chance turning for home, again having to settle for third spot.

Raising Hope had been brought with a well-timed run by Nick Scholfield to win a mares’ hurdle at the last meeting and she reverted to the bigger obstacles in the Happy 66th Birthday Arthur Cleave Novices’ Handicap Chase. Pulled up in her only chase at Leicester in February, she still had something to prove in this sphere, but was handily weighted, being just 3lb higher than on her last run, and punters sent her off the 11-4 market leader.

But, she became the second losing favourite of the evening, going down by six lengths to 12-1 shot Oriental Fixer, who had pulled his way to the front after the sixth fence, making the rest of the running under Liam Treadwell.

After duelling for the lead with Irish Thistle over the first circuit, Speed Demon and Harry Skelton went clear in the SIS Trading Services Handicap Chase, as they looked to follow up on their easy Stratford success.

But, Speed Demon folded tamely when challenged by Prettylittlething down the back straight, eventually finishing tailed off, as Neil Mulholland’s consistent mare won her third chase, beating Butlergrove King by eight lengths.

With all four favourites beaten so far, it was to Billy My Boy that punters looked in the Voice Of Racing Day This Friday Handicap Hurdle, confined to lady amateur riders. They lost out again, as Bryony Frost made it a double on the evening on top-weight Bistouri D’Honore, who had been pulled up in his last two races, but benefited from the fitting of cheekpieces to record his first success since last November.

Page Fuller and Billy My Boy had looked likely winners when still leading at the penultimate flight, but they couldn’t match the finishing kick of Bistouri D’Honore.
On a good night for the bookies, the concluding Handicap Hurdle went to 14-1 shot Our Folly, trained at Blackborough by Stuart Kittow, who scored in the hands of Tom Scudamore, beating favourite Lake Shore Drive.

The next fixture at Newton Abbot Racecourse is on Friday 7th July. Racing starts at 14.10 and gates open at 12.10. Tickets can be bought online by 17.00 on Thursday 6th July and will also be available at the gates on the day.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit or call the racecourse office on 01626 353235.