Newton Abbot

  • 16:20 Happy 70th Birthday David Hales Handicap Hurdle2m 6f

  • Winner £2,599 2nd £763 3rd £382 4th £191
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 13.10s
  • Off time: 16:20:40
16:20 Newton Abbot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Speed Check (IRE) 2/1
2nd Mac Le Couteau 16/1
3rd Heston 12/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 3-85353 Red, black hoop, black sleeves, red spots, black cap, red spots Heston 13
Nag me
5 11-12 p1 David Dennis Aidan Coleman 94 12/113.00
2 80/62P- Pink, Royal Blue chevron, halved sleeves, Royal Blue cap Arisda 380
Nag me
6 11-12 b1 J Farrelly R Johnson 94 10/111.00
3 3/U8-634 Red, emerald green triple diamond Dance 30
Nag me
5 11-11 t B R Millman J M Davies 93 5/16.00
4 2/F1-327 Yellow, Royal Blue sash and sleeves, White cap Lygon Legend 19
Nag me
11 11-11 P W Hiatt Mr Sam Painting (7) 93 15/28.50
5 0/807-8 Light Blue and Dark Blue stripes, chevrons on sleeves, quartered cap Mac Le Couteau 37
Nag me
6 11-5 h Evan Williams Adam Wedge 87 16/117.00
6 P/4-0051 Maroon and royal blue stripes, royal blue sleeves, maroon cap Speed Check (IRE) 13
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-11 p D E Cantillon Conor Shoemark (3) 79 2/13.00
7 644967/ Red, white star, white sleeves, light green stars, white cap, light green star Uncle Bunge (IRE) 35
Nag me
8 10-7 ht L Corcoran T J O'Brien 75 33/134.00
8 0F05 Black and red check, diamonds on sleeves Big Bridge 24
Nag me
5 10-6 p1 D Skelton Harry Skelton 74 13/27.50
9 PP/6-P94 ROYAL BLUE, WHITE seams, RED and WHITE hooped cap Choisirez (IRE) 37
Nag me
5 10-1 p J F Panvert C O'Farrell 69 9/25.50

Verdict

Speed Check left previous form well behind when springing a surprise at Stratford last month. He's only been raised 5lb and has every chance of following up if in the same mood but HESTON appears to be heading in the right direction and should do better now handicapping. He gets a narrow vote as he's preferred to Dance, fourth over a shorter trip here last time, and Lygon Legend. Mac Le Couteau never figured here last month but should strip fitter today.