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Paul Nicholls: The verdict on my trio of Saturday runners at Newton Abbot

Three go for Paul at Newton Abbot and he sounds confident about their chances
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A three-strong team go for Paul Nicholls at Newton Abbot on Saturday and all look to have good chances according to the UK's reigning champion trainer...

"Mon Parrain is a fine jumper who ran very well last time giving weight to a fair horse at Warwick and has everything in his favour here on better ground over three-and-a-quarter miles."

15:05
Orbasa

While he has been disappointing this winter he hasn't enjoyed racing on soft ground and I am looking for improvement now that he has a little operation to cauterise his palate.

He has been dropped to a mark of 129 and should appreciate the good going at Newton Abbot over a trip that looks ideal.


15:40
Armour de Nuit

A five-time winner on the flat who has taken well to hurdles, has been very consistent and looks to have Coole Cody to beat.
A real staying two mile hurdler, he didn't quite home over further on the two times he tried it so track and trip look be perfect for him under a 6lb penalty.

He goes next for a £20,000 novice hurdle at Newton Abbot next month. Big chance.


17:15
Mon Parrain

By some way the highest rated of the five runners and should give his enthusiastic owner rider David Maxwell another great spin.

Mon Parrain is a fine jumper who ran very well last time giving weight to a fair horse at Warwick and has everything in his favour here on better ground over three-and-a-quarter miles.

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