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Sep 09, 2023

Racing Preview: Mon 11 September

Although trained in Ireland, Slate Lane’s two wins have come in England and he could complete a hat-trick for trainer Emmet Mullins in Newton Abbot’s feature Class 2 Talk Tidy Marketing Handicap Hurdle on Monday.

Successful at Cartmel and Bangor-on-Dee, Slate Lane was ridden both times by Donagh Meyler, but has a new jockey this time as Richie McLernon takes over. He has risen 10lbs in the weights to a new rating of 113 and may have most to fear from Market Rasen scorer Go Chique, the choice from two entries for Lambourn trainer Nicky Henderson.

Milton Harris saddles two, with the consistent Mr Yeats and Presenting Yeats, both course and distance winners, likely to be in contention and the lightly-raced Valentino could run well for Saltash trainer Jackie Du Plessis after a long absence.

Trainer Christian Williams has chosen Prince Cleni from his two entries in the opening Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase over three and a quarter miles and this comfortable Southwell winner could get his season back on track after two disappointing recent runs.

Point-to-point winner Ya Know Yaseff makes a quick reappearance after scoring at Worcester a week ago and top-weight Sharp Note, a course and distance winner in June, should also be in the mix with the remaining runner, Janeslittlevoice, looking to have a stiff task even off bottom weight.

The Britbet “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle could see an interesting clash between dual winner Way Out, the choice from two entries for trainer Syd Hosie, and The Galahad Kid, a bumper winner on the track in July last year and successful over hurdles at Stratford-on-Avon before going down to The Big Jetaway at Bangor-on-Dee.

Dual winner All The Glory was beaten in a three-horse race at Stratford on Saturday, so may not take her chance here, but can’t be ruled out if lining up again.

Trainer Evan Williams has declared Frankie Faulkner in the Ben Oliver Memorial Novices’ Handicap Chase rather than in the opener and this course winner over hurdles could score over fences at the second attempt, having finished third at Fontwell Park last month.

Investment Manager is on for a course hat-trick having beaten Bagheera Ginge over this trip last month and Call Of The Loon, a winner next time out, over a longer distance in July. Opening Bid’s winning run, which included victory here in June, came to an end at Stratford-on-Avon and he looks plenty high enough in the weights for now. Shot Tower almost caught the idling Valentino Dancer at the last meeting, but has yet to win in eight career starts.

Saddlers Quest had Karannelle and Pepsiwithacap behind her when winning here in August. There shouldn’t be much between them again in the Newtonabbotrace On Twitter Mares’ Handicap Hurdle but Karannelle, who has to be brought with a late run, may get her reward this time.

Bradford Lady didn’t get competitive when sixth to Mill House Creek in a much stronger contest at Stratford last month and was withdrawn from a race at the course on Saturday. She looks to have a good opportunity to get off the mark in the closing Racing Partnership TRP Open National Hunt Flat Race.

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