May 21, 2013
Racing Review Monday 20th May
It was inform local trainer Susan Gardner whose BACH ON TOW came from last to first to win the eighteen runner Independent Racecourses Ltd, IRL Handicap Hurdle Race 2m3f. Ridden by her daughter Lucy the bay gelding took a keen hold made headway after the fifth and led after three out, running on well to beat Asian Prince by 2 ¼ lengths.
The NewtonAbbotRace on Twitter Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase 2m 5 ½ f, was run at a sound gallop. SOLITARY PALM under Conor O’Farrell and trained in Somerset by Brian Forsey hit the final fence, but had jumped it with momentum and landing running to gain the better of Spirit Of Lake winning by 2 ¾ lengths.
SMALIB MONTERG brought out of a claimer for £6,000 at Ludlow just over a year ago by trainer Dr Richard Newland has pocketed just under £40,000 of prize money following his win in The SIS Greyhound Channel Handicap Hurdle Race 2m3f. The grey gelding fought out a very tight finish with the locally trained Union Saint to win by a nose. The winner will now be campaigned on the flat and will be very well suited by the quicker ground.
THEATRE EVENING showed a bit more tenacity than the long odds on favourite Mcllhatton to take The Bet totepool Text Tote To 89660 Novices’ Hurdle Race 2m 6f for his inform trainer Fergal O’Brien. He had been held up behind the leaders by jockey Noel Fehily until three out when taking up the lead, strongly pressed he kept on well to win by 5 lengths.
There was no hanging around in The At The Races Sky 415 Handicap Steeple Chase 2m ½ f and the Oliver Sherwood trained favourite FIFTYONEFIFTYONE made all to win in grand style beating Star Galaxy by 9 lengths. The winner was following up a victory at Fontwell 17 days earlier, he is sure to be hiked up by the handicapper but a hat-trick of wins is on the cards.
Trainer Fergal O’Brien made it a winning double when his ARE THEY YOUR OWN won The newtonabbotracing.com Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race 2m1f. Ridden by Ali Sterling whose decision to make the running worked to perfection as the pair had enough in hand to hold off the challenge of Talented Kid to win by 1 ½ lengths.
CHAPOTURGEON owned by David Johnson and Paul Nicholls and trained by Richard Barber was a winner at the Cheltenham Festival in his heyday. He managed to give the best part of two stone and a beating by ¾ of a length to Presentandcorrect in The Ronnie Cook Memorial Handicap Hunter’s Steeple Chase 2m 5 ½ f, he now looks to be heading to Stratford for the big meeting in early June.