Special Account makes hurdles debut
Heavy going at Newton Abbot this evening means the mud lovers will come to the fore including Special Account who runs in the In Memory of Peter Burns Maiden Hurdle.
The Jeremy Scott-trained seven-year-old has clocked up seven wins in all between the flags and will be fine-tuned for his debut over hurdles having won two point-to-points and finished second this season.
Also running is Fear Glic who ran well on his British debut for Jackie Du Plessis in May having picked up pieces of form in Ireland before that including on heavy ground.
Despite today's jockey James Best losing his whip two flights from home, Whiffy Chatsby was possibly the better horse on the day but the combination could make amends today.
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Seiglinde is the obvious choice in the Newtonabbotracing.com Selling Handicap Hurdle, run over two miles six furlongs, on the back of his win at Ffos Las last time. He has been upped 6lb for that success but he has dropped to selling grade and has every chance.
Of the others, Tony Carroll has been a master at placing his horses this summer and Drummers Drumming can improve on his sixth place at Worcester in May on his first start for the Worcestershire-based trainer.
Just four go to post in the Limerick Racecourse Novices' Chase but they are a decent enough bunch with plenty of form between them.
Paul Nicholls saddles Indian Daudaie who has won his previous two starts, as has Sublime Talent who quickened away nicely at Perth earlier this month to win convincingly and gets the nod over stable mate Tiger O'Toole, despite the latter getting 4lb from the two likely market leaders.
Six runners go to post in the Triton Galleries Handicap Hurdle, over two miles one furlong, including Carroll's incredible Jolly Roger. He will be lumping around top weight as he attempts to defy his 21lb rise in the weights since his winning streak began in May and make it seven wins from seven. But he is giving 22lb to Romeo Americo who could follow up his recent Fontwell win, where success came easily.
The Dave Chillery Retirement Handicap Chase, over two miles five furlongs, is a wide open-looking race. Railway Rico was not beaten far in a 15-runner race at Exeter in May and he would have been a lot closer had he not stumbled badly two out. That race was run on soft ground and although he makes his chasing debut today, he is sure to have been well schooled.
Dom D'Orgeval is another who could go well. He was last seen in action at Stratford earlier this month where he was fifth of 15 and this greater test of stamina should play to his strengths if the ground doesn't dry out too much.
The St Austell Brewery Lady Amateur Riders' Handicap Hurdle closes the card and course and distance winner Illysantachristina should go well over this trip now that the handicapper is relenting slightly.