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Jun 11, 2013



Daryl Jacob steered home the well backed JUST CLOUDY for his former boss Robert Alner to win The Paignton Zoo Novices’ Hurdle 2m3f. Trained by Alner’s son-in-law Robert Walford, the nine year old took it up on the home turn and apart from a sloppy jump at the last ran on well to beat Mount Vesuvius by 2 ½ lengths.

Lapin Garou led for a circuit setting a very good pace and stringing out the field in The SIS Early Morning Product Novices’ Handicap Chase 2m ½ f. However, it was the consistent MOST WELCOME trained by Martin Weston who settled best and cruised to the front down the far side, pulling clear to win in great style from the impressive Tom O’Tara to win by 5 lengths. Look out for the first and second as there is sure to be more to come from them both over the summer months!

The feature race The At The Races Sky 415 Novices’ Hurdle 2m3f was a fair contest despite there only being four runners. Second favourite Life And Soul who had won his three previous races from the front set a honest pace and led until the home turn when easily picked off by the favourite SAINT ROQUE trained by Paul Nicholls. The winner was recording his third win in under a fortnight, he looks a progressive type and will be one to note for the remainder of the season as will the second who will be suited by a shorter trip.

WAIT NO MORE trained by Neil Mulholland made all to win The Follow NewtonAbbotRace On Twitter Handicap Chase 2m 5 ½ f beating the Peter Bowen trained 5/4F Forever My Friend by 7 lengths. The win made it a celebratory occasion for jockey Dougie Costello who has now ridden a winner at every jump course in Britain.

Trainer Colin Heard’s LITTLE EAGLET won The SIS International Handicap Hurdle 3m3f two years ago and returned after a layoff for a wind operation to take the spoils yet again. He had tracked the leaders and was soon driven on turning for home, strongly challenged by Ahead Ahead he battled it out to win by a neck.

PARTY PALACE stayed on gamely under Giles Hawkins who had timed her run to perfection to complete a hat-trick in The Handicap Hurdle 2m1f for trainer Stuart Howe. The game mare lead on the run-in to beat the Dai Rees trained Macarthur by 1 ¼ lengths.

Jockey Thomas Cheeseman gave LORD LESCRIBAA an excellent ride to win The Sunflower Day Nursery Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase 3m 2 ½ f. The Philip Hobbs trained gelding drew clear after the third and was ridden out well to win by 21 lengths from Flanagan by his young jockey, who was recording a second career win.