16:40 Newton Abbot

Wednesday 5 May 2021

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  • Watch Free Race Replays On attheraces.com Mares' Handicap Hurdle (Div 2)
  • Class 5  |   2m 2f 110y  |   Good  |   13 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 16:41  |   Winning time: 4m 32.4s
1
Minnie Escapeb62
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-12| J: David Prichard(5)| T: V R A Dartnall| OR:  105
12/1
Temperamental sort who scored at Stratford and posted excellent second of 18 in handicap at Ludlow 4 weeks ago. Highly capable if arriving here in same groove.
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Howdilyoudot130
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-9| J: Page Fuller| T: Jamie Snowden| OR:  102
18/1
Has offered something to work on in a bumper/2 novice hurdles, but handed a stiff enough mark. Not entirely disgraced at Plumpton early last month and she remains pretty low-mileage.
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3
Sainte Doctort1422
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-9| J: Aidan Coleman| T: N P Mulholland| OR:  102WS
9/1
€105,000 purchase having won on Flat in France and shaped well first 2 starts for new yard. Not so good at Taunton last year, including on handicap bow, but had wind op and now tongue tied on return.
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4
She's A Noveltyt32
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-6| J: P J Brennan| T: F O'Brien| OR:  99
7/2
Fair maiden on the Flat. Ran creditably when fifth of 12 in a course handicap (16.7f) in April, noted keeping on and a repeat at this longer trip gives her claims.
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5
To Fly Freep,t83
Age: 4|  Weight: 11-3| J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr.| T: D Pipe| OR:  104WS
14/1
Flat maiden winner in France and took juvenile hurdle for this yard in the autumn. Below best on Flat/ in jumpers bumper since but undergone wind surgery ahead of this. One to note in the betting.
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6
Dylan's Sea Song51
Age: 7|  Weight: 10-12| J: J M Davies| T: M D I Usher| OR:  91| BF
6/1
Improved to get off the mark at Southwell (15.8f) in November and plenty of creditable efforts have followed, 6 lengths fourth of 13 at Stratford (2m) in March. Each-way claims.
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7
Astra Viap,t143
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-11| J: Isabel Williams(5)| T: Evan Williams| OR:  90
33/1
Fitted with first-time cheekpieces when making third chase start a winning one at Sedgefield, but not got close to that level either start since. Tongue tie now on back hurdling.
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8
Fleursalsp58
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-11| J: Benjamin Poste| T: T Symonds| OR:  90
14/1
Maiden who looked set to confirm her return to form prior to falling 2 out at Southwell (20.4f) in March (might have made the frame). Not discounted back down in trip in an ordinary affair.
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9
Kentford Mallard24
Age: 8|  Weight: 10-8| J: M G Nolan| T: J W Mullins| OR:  87
9/2
Reacted positively to cheekpieces when runner-up over 2m at Chepstow in October. Mixed bag since but step back in right direction when third at Plumpton (20.5f) recently. Not discounted.
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10
Poet's Reflection25
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-3| J: James Best| T: Miss L Blackford| OR:  82| D
15/2
Got the job done at the ninth attempt over hurdles when accounting for 12 rivals at Taunton (19f, good) in March. Subsequent Chepstow fourth was below that level though and bounce back required.
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11
Autumn Gold71
Age: 8|  Weight: 10-1| J: Mitchell Bastyan(3)| T: J Farrelly| OR:  80
33/1
Achieved little in mares' maiden/novice hurdles and unable to sustain her effort when well held ninth on handicap debut at Taunton (23.9f) in February.
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12
Little Peachey14
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-0| J: Shane Quinlan(5)| T: Miss J Du Plessis| OR:  76
14/1
Best effort yet when 5 lengths fifth of 13 at Taunton (19f) on her penultimate start in March but not in the same form back there last month. Another operating from out of the weights.
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13
Cucumber Gint46
Age: 7|  Weight: 10-0| J: Charlie Hammond| T: Nicky Martin| OR:  66
66/1
No show in maiden/novice hurdles and similarly well held on handicap debut at Uttoxeter (15.7f) in March. No easy task on here operating from 13 lb out of the weights.
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Forecasts

She's A Novelty (7/2), Kentford Mallard (9/2), Dylan's Sea Song (6/1), Poet's Reflection (15/2), Sainte Doctor (9/1), Minnie Escape (12/1), Fleursals (14/1), Little Peachey (14/1), To Fly Free (14/1), Howdilyoudo (18/1), Astra Via (33/1), Autumn Gold (33/1), Cucumber Gin (66/1)

Verdict

A competitive finale in which it may pay to take a chance on the returning SAINTE DOCTOR. She didn't kick on from her initial promise early last year but returns with her yard going nicely and it would come as no surprise to see a better showing in a first-time tongue tie. Minnie Escape and She's a Novelty are others to consider, along with Kentford Mallard.

  1. SAINTE DOCTOR (FR)
  2. MINNIE ESCAPE
  3. SHE'S A NOVELTY (IRE)

Prize Money

1st: £2,723.002nd: £1,254.003rd: £627.004th: £350.005th: £350.006th: £350.007th: £350.008th: £350.00
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