15:05 Newton Abbot

Wednesday 5 May 2021

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  • newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Chase
  • Class 3  |   3m 1f 170y  |   Good  |   8 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:05  |   Winning time: 6m 45.14s
2
Soldier Of Lovep,t17
Age: 8|  Weight: 12-0| J: Bryony Frost| T: P F Nicholls| OR:  142| CD
16/5
Vastly improved after a wind op in first half of season, completing four-timer over this C&D. Pulled up on last 2 starts, shaping as though amiss in the Scottish National, but this is easier.
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4
Rocky's Treasureb121
Age: 10|  Weight: 11-12| J: C Gethings| T: K C Bailey| OR:  140
16/1
Scored at Doncaster in December but struggled back there on next 2 outings and ultimately beaten a long way at Cheltenham 3 weeks ago. Blinkers now the headgear of choice.
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5
Hill Sixteent34
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-7| J: Sam Twiston-Davies| T: N A Twiston-Davies| OR:  135WS
13/2
Hit the ground running in the autumn for Nigel Twiston-Davies, winning a handicap chase/hurdle. Wheels have rather come off since and he's undergone wind surgery.
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6
Soupy Soupsp50
Age: 10|  Weight: 11-4| J: R T Dunne| T: N P Mulholland| OR:  132
7/1
Enhanced good record at Perth when resuming winning ways there in August. Come up well short in face of stiff tasks in recent starts but this is at least slightly easier.
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7
Highest Sunt38
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-2| J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr.| T: C L Tizzard| OR:  130| D
5/2
Useful chaser who has become well handicapped but is expensive to follow. Plugged on for third at Ascot last time but hard to know his optimum trip.
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8
Christmas In Aprilp42
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-1| J: Brendan Powell| T: C L Tizzard| OR:  129| D
12/1
Three time winner last term and made a decent start to the season when second at Fontwell back in November. Pulled up in the Welsh/Devon National since and didn't offer much at Haydock latest.
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9
Beau Du Brizaisp121
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-1| J: M G Nolan| T: P J Hobbs| OR:  129| D
9/1
Useful chaser who might have needed the run after 3 months off when third of 5 in handicap at Taunton in March. Failed to build on that at Cheltenham and cheekpieces now reached for.
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10
Doitforthevillaget32
Age: 12|  Weight: 10-7| J: T J O'Brien| T: P Henderson| OR:  121
7/1
Cracking servant to connections who resumed winning ways over fences at Sandown in January. Also runner-up over that same C&D in February but wasn't on a "going" day at Haydock latest.
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Non-Runners

1
Sir Ivan60
Weight: 12-0|  Age: 11
T: H Fry  J: Lorcan Murtagh
NR
3
Fagan25
Weight: 11-12|  Age: 11
T: A M Hales  J: Harry Bannister
NR

Forecasts

Highest Sun (5/2), Sir Ivan (3/1), Soldier Of Love (16/5), Fagan (6/1), Hill Sixteen (13/2), Doitforthevillage (7/1), Soupy Soups (7/1), Beau Du Brizais (9/1), Christmas In April (12/1), Rocky's Treasure (16/1)

Verdict

Following a commanding win at Newbury, FAGAN did enough at Aintree last time to think he's still in good form. Eased 2 lb, he could be the way to go, with Sir Ivan feared most, though Soldier of Love could easily get back on track eased slightly in class.

  1. FAGAN
  2. SIR IVAN
  3. SOLDIER OF LOVE

Prize Money

1st: £5,882.002nd: £2,710.003rd: £1,354.004th: £678.005th: £350.006th: £350.007th: £350.008th: £350.00
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