There’s Listed action at Salisbury, on Wednesday, with a good purse up for grabs in the Upavon Fillies’ Stakes (3:50pm). The progressive-looking Coconut Creme takes on Playful Sound, Serenada and Indian Blessing.
Another Listed contest is scheduled at Gowran Park (Ireland). The Hurry Harriet Stakes (6:30pm) is also for female horses only and Dermot Weld won last season’s renewal with Adool. Both Making Light and Sea Swift are expected to represent his yard, this time around.
Meetings also take place at Beverley, Kempton, Bangor and also Newton Abbot where the first of 7 encounters takes place at 2pm.
Racing At Newton Abbot
The racecourse can be found right next to the Teign River, slightly to the North of Newton Abbot itself. This is a National Hunt course which runs left-handed.
The bend is known to be much tighter than most courses in England. Poor bend-runners will usually be found out at Newton Abbot. The fences are not too difficult and there are only seven of them on each circuit. This charming little course also features a very short run-in.
Racing at Newton Abbot goes back to the 1860s. The site had not even been purchased before that decade. It covers just over ninety acres. While not modern, the main Grandstand is not particularly new either. It was built in the late-1960s. The late Queen Mother (a huge fan of racing) honoured the course by attending the opening ceremony for this stand.
There also used to be a greyhound track that was operational here. Following the closure of Kingskerswell, dog racing found a temporary home here in the 1970s and 1980s. However, there was no Totaliser and betting was restricted to just a few track-side bookmakers.
Corporate facilities are not extensive, but are adequate. These have only been in place since the early-1990s. There is space for conferences and meetings, while private boxes can also be hired. There are two restaurants at Newton Abbot, augmented by several bars and small cafes. Parking is free at Newton Abbot and there are plenty of spaces.
However, be aware that traffic can get quite bad in Devon, during the Summer months. This is an area that is very popular with tourists, but the roads tend to be narrow. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself behind the odd caravan, especially in August!
Like a lot of small racecourses, Newton Abbot is used for a wide-variety of community events. There is a regular car boot sale (flea market), as well as various fairs. Newton Abbot is known as a good place to find antiques, during the warmer months.
In 2012, the Racehorse Owners’ Association presented Newton Abbot Racecourse with the coveted Gold Award. Less than 20 other UK racecourses have been afforded this honour. It is only given to courses that have achieved very high standards of horse-care.
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