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Sep 12, 2023

Racing Review - Monday 11 September 2023

Slate Lane, trained in Ireland by Emmet Mullins and ridden by Richie McLernon, completed a hat-tick of wins in England this summer when landing Newton Abbot’s feature Class 2 Talk Tidy Marketing Handicap Hurdle, recording his biggest success to date.

Wins in novice company at Cartmel and Bangor-on-Dee had seen his rating rise to a new high of 113 but, after this comfortable 2¼ length victory over Tommie Beau who was, in turn, 21 lengths clear of the next horse, Hunting Percival, another hike in the weights will await him.

The betting on the opening Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase was noticeable for the drift in price of favourite Ya Know Yaseff, making a quick reappearance after scoring at Worcester a week ago, and the support for Janeslittlevoice, still a maiden after twelve career starts, but sent off the 5/2 second-favourite ahead of top-weight Sharp Note and Prince Cleni who made up the field of four.

It was the front two in the betting who fought out the finish and, after three and a quarter miles, Ya Know Yaseff, trained by David Pipe, gained the upper hand on the run-in to deny the determined Janeslittlevoice by half a length.

The Britbet “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle looked to lie between three, with dual winners Way Out, who was sent off the 13/8 favourite, and All The Glory taken on by The Galahad Kid, a bumper winner on the track in July last year and successful over hurdles at Stratford earlier in the season.

All The Glory had been beaten at Stratford on Saturday and she had to settle for second spot again as Way Out made all the running in the hands of Micheal Nolan to win by 10 lengths and complete his hat-trick in style.

Investment Manager headed the betting for the Ben Oliver Memorial Novices’ Handicap Chase over two miles and five furlongs as he chased a course hat-trick, but he couldn’t get past Opening Bid, whose winning run, which included victory here in June, had come to an end at Stratford, as he bounced back to form, jumping well and making all the running in the hands of Bryan Carver.

Hat-trick seeking Saddlers Quest, trained by Debra Hamer, had Karannelle and Pepsiwithacap behind her when winning here in August and she confirmed those placings in the Newtonabbotrace On Twitter Mares’ Handicap Hurdle when flying up the short run-in to collar Karannelle right on the line.

There won’t be many easier opportunities to win a race than the closing Racing Partnership TRP Open National Hunt Flat Race and, with early favourite Johnnie River drifting in the market, the money came for Bradford Lady, sixth to Mill House Creek in a much stronger contest at Stratford last month.

The race wasn’t without incident, however, as Johnnie River was withdrawn, leaving just three runners, and Bradford Lady found herself outpaced in the closing stages as Jukebox Annie caused an upset.

Racing returns to Newton Abbot on Friday 22 September. Tickets are on sale now – book in advance to save £2pp on Paddock tickets.