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May 29, 2013

Racing Review Tuesday 28 May

Trainer John Ferguson sent out his first winner from his only runner at Newton Abbot in the opening race The Look For The Special Offer For August 3 Maiden Hurdle Race 2m 1f. HONOUR SYSTEM a son of King’s Best was partnered by Dennis O’Regan and came off the pace, led after the second last to easily win by 10 lengths from Who’s Jeff.

Jockey Jamie Moore put in a great ride to kept AMERICAN SPIN up to his work to win The At The Races Virgin 534 Beginners’ Steeple Chase 3m 2 ½ f winning by 7 lengths form Well Mett. It was a first jumping winner in more than a year for Sussex trainer Luke Dace, who last year had the winner placed in a Grade 3 race at Aintree behind Cape Tribulation. He will be one to note over the summer months!

Another trainer having his first jumps winner at the Devon track was former jockey Simon Hodgson who stable is at Yeovil. He sent out the duel bumper winning mare NESTON GRACE to land The Bet totepool Text To Tote 89660 ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race 2m3f. Ridden by Jamie Davies she tracked the leaders went clear two out and ran on well to beat Lady Lectra by 2 ½ lengths.

Owner Robert Waley received a down payment on the £24,000 he paid for ANQUETTA at the sales earlier this month when the bay gelding by Ashan won The Handicap Steeple Chase 2m ½ f. Trained by the champion trainer Nicky Henderson and ridden by Sam Waley-Cohen the winner was in command three out having jumped soundly apart from the last, he easily won by 7 lengths from Unforgettable. He should defy another rise in the weights to land more races this summer!

The Newton Abbot Racecourse On Facebook Handicap Hurdle Race 2m1f looked to be a very competitive affair. However, with the two market leaders running below expectations it was recent Exeter winner PARTY PALACE who took the honours. Trained locally by Stuart Howe at Tiverton the bay mare ridden by Giles Hawkins was pushed along, took the lead before two out and ran on gamely to beat Engai by a length.

There was a major gamble on the top weight Dune Shine in The SIS International Lady Amatuer Riders’ Selling Handicap Hurdle Race 2m 6f, back form 16/1 down to 15/8. But the bookmakers were saved a payout when the favourite unseated it’s rider at the seventh. However, the race provided Natalie Parker with her first winner under rules when MILLIE O’BRIEN got the better of Master Wells to win by a head for owner breeder Sarah Hobbs and her husband trainer Philip.

There were plenty in with a chance in The Totnes And Bridgetown Races Company Novices’ Hunters’ Chase 2m 5 ½ f. The form held up when the winner TIERMORE who had run an excellent third here over the course and distance behind Chapoturgeon last week, took the honours for his Haverfordwest based trainer Mr R Luke. The winner took close order after the ninth and was driven out on the run-in to beat Delta Borget by 2 lengths.