The long distance SIS Our Data Brings Betting To Life Handicap Chase is the feature on Newton Abbot’s six-race card today, and a change of scenery could revive the fortunes of Qulinton.
After a long and glorious career with David Pipe, which saw him win off a career high mark of 135 when landing the listed Summer Plate at Market Rasen in 2011, he has moved to Johnny Farrelly’s yard. That may help rekindle the flame, having gone 19 runs without even a glimmer of success. Jason Maguire travels to south Devon for the one ride, which could be a clue in itself.
Other runners in the race include Captain Kelly, who was backed to land a novices’ chase at Worcester in August but punters had not reckoned with Victor Leudorum, who kept finding more up the run-in to win by three lengths.
Charlie Mann saddles course-and-distance winner Western King, who scored the third success of his career when his stamina won the day in the Totepool King Size Pools Handicap Chase.
It would be folly to rule out Lord Lescribaa. He will have a good run followed by a bad run. Last time out he pulled up, so he iss due a good run today.
In the opening event, the Newtonabbotracing.com Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, Henry Daly’s Top Totti may resume winning ways.
She looked half-decent when winning a novices’ hurdle at Chepstow in April, but then failed to build on that success and suffered defeats at Ludlow and Aintree in June subsequently. She has since had a break and runs well fresh.
The Paul Newbold 50th Birthday Celebration Novices’ Chase is not the greatest race on paper but Tiny Tenor would be a popular winner for David Dennis, who scored the first success of his training career with Princess Caetani at Chepstow last week.
Tiny Tenor would not have the greatest form and was well beaten over hurdles at Huntingdon two weeks ago, but there is room for improvement on a first start over fences.
Tim Vaughan saddles two in the Paignton Zoo Novices’ Hurdle, with Alan Johns taking 10lb off top weight Koultas King, who has won his last two starts. Richard Johnson is on Quadrato, who was beaten a length and a quarter at Sedgefield 19 days ago. He could go one better here.
Fifteen go in the Selling Handicap Hurdle, and the Neil Mulholland-trained Pindar could be the best of them. He was favourite to win a similar race at Worcester in August but did not do his chances any favours when making a hash of the third flight from home. With a better round of jumping, he should get closer.
Roc De Guye scored the easiest of wins at Bangor 11 days go and will be a warm order to follow up in the Handicap Chase at 4.50pm, while, in the concluding Handicap Hurdle, Buckhorn Tom is sure to be fit for his first appearance since Chepstow in April, when he started favourite but was beaten a length and a half by 20-1 chance Della Sun.
Elusive Kate and Sky Lantern are set to lock horns in a fascinating rematch in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
The two top-class fillies were involved in a controversial finish to the Falmouth Stakes last July when John Gosden’s Elusive Kate drifted into Richard Hannon’s grey, carrying her across the track.
Elusive Kate survived a stewards’ inquiry, and a subsequent appeal by Hannon and Sky Lantern’s owners.