Through The Card: Newton Abbot, Wednesday August 10

There is racing from Newton Abbot on Wednesday
There is racing from Newton Abbot on Wednesday

Timeform take you through the card at Newton Abbot on Wednesday.

"His sole victory came here and he has shaped quite well in two recent starts at Stratford. The shorter trip here will suit and his BHA mark of 74 is a very tempting one."

14:10 - Newcomer Temper Tantrum, a fairly useful recruit from the Flat who has been well-backed, is of obvious interest, however SKY LINO (8) has already shown plenty and he can put his experience to good use. His first two efforts, including behind Adrien du Pont at Chepstow on debut, were promising and he can take top honours now back on a quicker surface. The consistent Excellent Team is respected but his form looks just fair, and a bigger threat could be newcomer Barwick who has taken a long time to reach this sphere but is a six-time winner on the level.

14:40 - NACHI FALLS (4) looks the value to upset the big two. Nigel Hawke's charge looked set to make a winning debut over hurdles at Uttoxeter last time but was run out of things after the final flight. That was only his second career start, however, and he should be wiser today; he certainly looks to have ability. Favourite Invocation was fairly useful on the Flat, and ran well in defeat over C&D last time, and is closely matched with Nachi Falls on a form line through Hygrove Percy, who was a runner-up in each of their latest starts. Recognition has a penalty for winning at Market Rasen on his hurdling debut, however that didn't look the strongest of races, and a better second string to the bow could be newcomer DIAMANT BLEU (2). Nick Williams always has a strong handle on the early-season juvenile form and he trained the winner of Nachi Fall's last race.

15:10 - Winning Ticket is respected but he isn't the biggest and a bumper burden of 11-11 could make life tough on his handicap debut. Instead, it's worth chancing THE WAY YOU DANCE (4) who drops in trip for his handicap debut. As a dual winner over 9.5 furlongs at Wolverhampton on the Flat, that looks a good move, and Noel Fehily is back on board. Mount Vesuvius was well backed last time out and this race looks more suitable for this hold-up performer with Culm Counsellor likely to set a strong gallop. Mount Vesuvius hasn't won since 2013 but these are his conditions, so along with Glenstile who makes his debut for Tim Vaughan, he is respected.

15:40 - An interesting novices' chase in which marginal preference is for KILFINICHEN BAY (1). Charlie Longsdon's charge won eight of 18 starts over hurdles and added to that tally when winning on his chasing debut at Uttoxeter in April. Though winless in three starts since, his third to The Tourad Man was respectable and this race represents a drop in class. Favourite Fingerontheswitch is a former Point winner who has always shaped as if he would do well over fences. This is his trip and ground and connections retain the cheek-pieces, despite them seeming to have little effect when he was last seen. Lady of Longstone reached a similar level over hurdles but was less than fluent on her chasing bow last month; better is expected here.

16:10 - A small field and a chance for MR KIT CAT (4) to dominate from the front. Evan Williams' charge steps into handicaps for the first time after all-the-way wins at Sedgefield and Worcester. This is much tougher, but he likes good ground and could be hard to reel in. Top-weight Irish Hussar had a spin on the Flat at Newbury last month (to no effect). He has plenty of talent, having been sixth in the 2014 Fred Winter, but has clearly been hard to train and he needs to bounce back to form. Dragon's Den returns to hurdles after being outclassed in the Rising Star Novices' Chase at Wincanton when last seen in November, while dual-performer Instant Karma has been progressing well over hurdles when granted decent ground; a bold bid is anticipated here. Phantom Prince competes the field but this looks much tougher than his recent C&D win, for all that he has conditions in his favour once more.

16:40 - A tricky puzzle to sort out. Supporters of Bob Lewis will hope that the blinkers help his jumping, however he is hard to enthuse about given he is yet to win in 25 starts under Rules. WYNDCREST (7) has a similar strike-rate but is still unexposed over fences and the step up in trip here should result in a positive performance. He hasn't been with his new yard for long and Alex Dunn has a real knack of improving horses. A second shot is certainly a wise idea in a race of this nature, with C&D winner LOUIS PHILLIPE (9) as good an option as any. His sole victory came here and he has shaped quite well in two recent starts at Stratford. The shorter trip here will suit and his BHA mark of 74 is a very tempting one.

17:10 - Cordey Warrior is of interest, hooded for the first time and on better ground for the first time, however the market is suggesting that CANTON PRINCE and Buggi are the two to focus on. The former hasn't set the world alight in three starts but this looks his easiest opportunity to date and Richard Johnson is back on board. Buggi shaped well on debut over C&D and is a half-sister to a bumper winner. Toulouse The Plot's yard had a good grasp on these races in the spring and would be interesting if attracting market support.

Placepot permutation:
14:10 - 8
14:40 - 2, 4
15:10 - 4
15:40 - 1
16:10 - 4
16:40 - 7, 9
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