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Jul 08, 2014

Abbot's Whispers - Race Review 7th July 2014

Former jump jockey turned trainer Seamus Durack sent out 5/4 favourite BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY from his base at Baydon in Wiltshire to land The Visit Newton Abbot Racecourse On Facebook Maiden Hurdle Race 2m 3f. The opener was run at a respectable gallop and the winner and his main rival in the market Maxi Chop were well clear and locked together until the favourites stamina kicked in on the run-in enabling him to win by half a length.

The Happy 65th Birthday Paddy Harman Beginners’ Steeple Chase 2m 5 ½ f looked a competitive affair between the first three in the betting and was run an honest gallop. Oliver Sherwood’s mare LUCI DI MEZZANOTTE under A P McCoy drew clear with the runner-up Netherby on the final circuit and the pair of them battled it out with the winner’s stamina seeing her home by 10 lengths. The 11/8 favourite Vesperal Dream was tailed off but finished a modest third.

In-form trainer Neil Mulholland’s EBONY EMPRESS quickly made it a winning double for champion jockey A P McCoy when landing The North Devon Hospice Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Race 2m 6f. The winner was pushed ahead before the second last and put in two great jumps to ensue victory over Garnock who was slightly hampered when Caldy fell at the third last by six lengths margin.

Local trainer Martin Hill’s Sheriff Hutton was well backed early in the day to start favourite in The NewtonAbbotRace On Twitter Handicap Steeple Chase 3m 2 ½ f but it was Wellington based trainer Alexandra Dunn’s King’s Theatre gelding PRINCE TOM who landed the honours. He went second two out and stayed on well to lead on the run-in to beat Johnny’s Way by 2 ¼ lengths with the favourite back in fourth.

TAMARILLO GROVE trained by Sophie Leech made all to land The Visit Newquay Zoo Handicap Hurdle Race 2m 1f. He set his own tempo out in front and kicked on approaching the second last and was well in command under James Best seeing off the challenge of the Nicky Henderson trained Grey Blue to record a four and a half length win.

The Newton Abbot Racecourse Handicap Hurdle Race 2m6f was run at a respectable gallop and proved to be a close affair. The Philip Hobbs trained mare ACCORDING TO SARAH stayed on well under Richard Johnson battling out from three from home she hit the second last but held off the challenge of Combustible Lady to win by a head – she also rightly survived the Stewards’ inquiry to take the honours.

RUSTY NAIL the 3/1 favourite repeated his course and distance win here in May to land The ATR Sky 415 Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Steeple Chase 2m 5 ½ f for local trainer Jimmy Frost. Ridden by Nico de Boinville he found himself unexpectedly in front when Moulin De La Croix fell four out the favourite asserted himself after the second last and stayed on well to beat the Evan Williams trained Zama Zama by a four length margin.