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Sep 16, 2014

Williams Looks for Further Success at Newton Abbot

The SIS Top-Class Data Delivery Handicap Chase tops the bill on Newton Abbot’s seven-race card on Friday 19th September and Welsh trainer Evan Williams, who scored a double at the last meeting, has two of the entries in Sublime Talent and Going Concern.

Going Concern has been raised 6lbs for winning at Cartmel on his last run and Sublime Talent has also gone up in the weights, despite being beaten by Hollow Penny over the course and distance three weeks ago.

Wellington trainer Alexandra Dunn has the veteran Nikos Extra in good form, winning at Bangor and Stratford, but he is now on a handicap mark of 123 and has not shown form at that level for over three years.

Respectueux beat Chance Encounter here in June, but would need a career-best performance to win again and the one to be on could be Easily Pleased from the Littlehempston stable of Martin Hill, who is overdue a win, having run consistently all season.

There are 14 entries in the opening Royal British Legion Mares’ Novices Hurdle over two miles and three furlongs, due off at 2.15pm. The consistent Bonne Fee, a winner of two hurdles and a flat race, boasts the best form and, with Kim Bailey’s mare scoring by 35 lengths last time out at Cartmel, she sets a pretty good standard here.
Cheshire trainer Donald McCain has two possibilities in Blurred Lines, a winner of an Irish point-to-point and eight lengths behind Bonne Fee in a hurdle at Bangor, and Whatdoesthefoxsay, runner-up on her last two starts when ridden by champion jockey A P McCoy.

McCain is also responsible for Shantou Tiger, a leading contender for the Climatic Engineering Limited Novices´ Hurdle. Celesta from the Nigel Twiston-Davies has plugged on to finish third on his two starts to date without looking threatening and One More Tune, a winner from Black Cow over the course in July, looks the likely challenger.

At the age of eleven, Gorteenwood has found a new lease of life, winning two of his last five races, including when beating Zama Zama over course and distance four weeks ago. He failed to follow up at Worcester, but would be an interesting contender in the SIS Combining Data With Picture Handicap Chase, especially if Tom O’Brien is back in the saddle.

Another worth a look is the ex-Irish Fast Exit, who has won over fences and hurdles at Downpatrick, and is now in the care of Neil Mulholland. He doesn’t look over-burdened off an introductory mark of 87.

David Pipe has entered three in the concluding SIS At The Heart Of Betting Handicap Hurdle, including recent course winner Bathwick Man and Houston Dynimo, who went close in the course’s richest chase of the season on his last outing.

Friday 19th September will be one of three remaining fixtures this season at Newton Abbot Racecourse. Racing for the afternoon starts at 2:15pm and gates will open at 12:15pm.

Tickets can be bought online until 5pm on Thursday 18th September. There will also be tickets available to buy at the gate on the day. Children aged 16 and under and students with a valid photographic student ID / NUS card can enjoy free entry.

For more information and to book tickets, visit or call the racecourse office on 01626 353235.