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Sep 11, 2013


The Emma Juvenile Hurdle Race 2m 1f looked a very open affair with only five runners going to post. WALTER WHITE, rated 67 on the Flat is proving to be better at the hurdling game. Trained by Philip Hobbs and ridden by Tom O’Brien he took up the lead after the second fence and made all going well clear after the third last to win by a 32 length margin from Karl Marx.

Trainer Philip Hobbs soon made it a double when JAYANDBEE ridden by Richard Johnson landed The Dave Whitton Happy 70th Birthday Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase 3m 2 ½ f. This staying handicap quickly turned into a three horse race when the winner, Brandy And Pep and Solitary Palm pulled clear of the field. The winner led soon after the third last and stayed on well to beat Brandy And Pep by 2 lengths, he looks capable of further progress and is one to note!

VIMIERO took his place in The Try totequickpick If You’re Feeling Lucky Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Race 2m 1f as a 24-race maiden under both codes. However he hit the front two out and ran on strongly to win for trainer Jonjo O’Neill beating the odds-on favourite Quadriller by 2 ½ lengths.

The £35,000 Lord Mildmay Memorial Handicap Steeple Chase 2m 5 ½ f looked a very competitive Listed Race attracting 11 runners. THE DISENGAGER made all and led from start to finish under Richard Johnson to make it a hat-trick of winners for trainer Philip Hobbs. He held off the challenge from his stable companion Rob Conti to win by 1 ¼ lengths.

Trainer Jonjo O’Neill landed a double for the afternoon when TARVINI won The At The Races Sky 415 Handicap Hurdle Race 3m 3f in the famous colours of John P McManus. He drew ahead approaching the last fence and was ridden out well by James Huxham to beat the Richard Phillips trained Thornton Alice by 2 ¼ lengths.

The SIS Live Handicap Steeple Chase 2m ½ f looked an open contest but was quickly turned into a procession by EASILY PLEASED. The winner trained locally by Martin Hill at Totnes was soundly beaten here over the course and distance last time, but recorded his first win under rules for his connections when going clear four out to easily win by seven lengths from Wester Ross.

It was another local trainer Nigel Hawke based at Tiverton who took the spoils in The Handicap Hurdle Race 2m 3f with SEDGEMOOR EXPRESS. The winner had travelled best of the seven runners and forged clear approaching the final hurdle to beat Himrayn by eight lengths.