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Jul 21, 2014

Racing review - Sunday 20th July 2014

The Packexe 25th Anniversary Maiden Hurdle Race 2m 6f provided a surprise defeat of the odds on favourite Black Cow who had to settle for runner prize monies. The Paul Henderson trained ONE MORE TUNE, an ex-Irish point-to-pointer although badly hampered three out challenged the favourite at the second last and soon lead under Nick Scholfield staying on well to win by 6 lengths. The winner looks a stayer in the making and is worth noting for the future.

David Bridgwater’s yard continued their good run when the Ali Stirling ridden PLUM PUDDING landed The Packexe Fleece Handicap Chase 3m 2 ½ f. The winner who had not won for almost three years travelled well and disputed the lead going to the third last and was clear two out staying on well to beat Ned The Post by 3 ½ lengths.

The 10/1 shot DETROIT RED trained locally at Totnes by Martin Hill maintained her good record at Newton Abbot when winning The Happy 18th Birthday Scott Butler Handicap Hurdle 2m 3f. Ridden by Hadden Frost the winner tracked the leaders and was third three out, she led before the last and was ridden out to beat the 2/1 favourite Ittirad by ¾ lengths. Look out for the winning in August she is sure to be aimed at one of the valuable handicaps.

Jockey Hadden Frost and local trainer Martin Hill soon made it a winning double when TZORA landed The Happy 50th Birthday Cath King Novices’ Chase 2m ½ f. The race was run at a pace and quickly developed into a match between the winner and the evens favourite Hallings Comet. The favourite is an exciting young chasing prospect and was in front but his blunder at the second last left the winner clear to win by a 7 length margin.

The SIS At The Heart of Racing Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f look a competitive race with a number of runners in good form. The Warren Greatrex trained GOOD OF LUCK continued to show improvement and put in his best career effort here, he challenged two out led at the last running on strongly to hold off the challenge of runner-up Planetoid to win by 1 ¾ lengths.

Anyone who backed the Hugo Froud trained MARKY BOB in The Independent Racecourses Limited, IRL Handicap Chase 2m ½ f must have had their hearts in mouths when he badly blundered the fourth last somehow jockey Dave Cross managed to stay in the saddle recover and strongly challenge three out asserting himself at the last to stay on well to beat Capisci by 2 ¾ lengths.

A winning hat-trick was delivered by both Totnes trainer Martin Hill and rider Hadden Frost when WATCOMBE HEIGHTS landed The At The Races Virgin 534 Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race 2m 1f. The winner a son of Scorpion out of a Karinga Bay mare quickened well and led a furlong out to easily win by a nine length margin from Boru’s Brook. Don’t be surprised to see the winner targeting some staying events on the Flat!