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Jul 23, 2013

RACING REVIEW SUNDAY 21 JULY

Young rider Maurice Lineham got the family day at Newton Abbot races off to a flyer when he rode the Jonjo O’Neill trained and John P McManus owned DREAMSOFTHEATRE to victory in The Sikymsa Bloodstock Handicap Hurdle Race 3m 3f. Maurice who had only just returned to riding after being sidelined with broken ribs was always travelling well on the winner he led after the second last and pushed on well to leave Southway Queen 8 lengths adrift in second place.

Trainer Tom George and jockey Paddy Brennan teamed up to land The Packexe Maiden Hurdle Race 2m 6f with the favourite KILBREE KID who had stayed on well here last month to finish second in a similar contest. The winner and Danandy drew clear of the field after the fourth last to battle it out from the home turn, but a very good jump at the last sealed it for the winner who put a 3 lengths distance between himself and the runner-up.

Dr Richard Newland’s stable continued it very good form when CHANGING THE GUARD won The SIS International Novices’ Steeple Chase 2m ½ f. The winner ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies led after the fifth from home and drew well clear after the third last to easily win by 35 lengths from Highway Code. The winner looks to be heading to the Galway Festival!

Maurice Lineham made it a double for himself, trainer Jonjo O’Neill and owner John P McManus when landing The Packexe Sharpswrap Handicap Hurdle Race 2m 3f on board RUM AND BUTTER. The young jockey produced a superb ride to go clear just before the final fence and quickened to win by 5 lengths from Tim Vaughan’s Hunting Tower. The five year old Rum And Butter looks a progressive type and should be capable of more success!

The SIS Live Handicap Steeple Chase 3m 2 ½ f looked an open contest but less than half the field managed to finish. The ten year old Philip Hobbs trained LORD LESCRIBAA whose previous four career victories had all come at Newton Abbot proved the saying ‘Horses for Courses’. He drew clear of the field with 11/4 favourite Aikideau and stayed on well, being driven out to win by 2 ¾ lengths.

The At The Races Virgin 534 Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race 2m 1f was won by the bay mare DARDANELLA. Twice a runner-up at Worcester she made it third time lucky, trained by Richard Lee she lead just over two furlongs out and stayed on well winning by 3 ¾ lengths from Laurens Ruby. The winner looks a fair hurdling prospect and is one to note for the future.

The Richard Burston’s Stag Party Weekend Handicap Steeple Chase 2m ½ f was all about CHILBURY HILL who romped clear to win by 13 lengths from Escardo. The Tim Vaughan trained gelding made it five wins from his last six races, he has a number of further engagements over the next few days so look out for win number six!