Only three meetings are scheduled on Tuesday 22 August across the UK and Ireland, with Newton Abbot, Roscommon and Worcester hosting cards.
We will focus on Newton Abbott’s six-race card, with the going expected to be ‘Good-good to firm in places’ at the Devon circuit. The first race is scheduled to start at 2:30, while the last contest should commence at 5:00.
Betfred’s Extra Place promotion is available in contests at 3:00 and 5:00.
2.30 – Valentino Dancer @ 8/11
Valentino Dancer’s last career win came back in September 2021, but Tuesday’s race looks perfectly suited to Fergal O’Brien’s runner.
The son of Mastercrasftsman was given a 411-day break between April 2022 and June 2023, and his return could not have gone any worse.
Valentino Dancer finished last at Newton Abbot in June, but he has since finished second at Uttoxeter and Southwell in July.
The eight-year-old made his debut over fences last time out, and that display suggests he should be able to beat Stepney Causeway, Dr T J Eckleburg and Oval Street.
3.30 – Wonderful Eagle @ 13/8
A field of 11 are due to compete in the Heather And Jenny Joint Birthdays Celebration Maiden Hurdle at 15:30.
Wonderful Eagle will run for Philip Hobbs & Johnson White for the first time after switching from Henk Grewe’s stable earlier this month.
The four-year-old has only ever raced in Germany so far, and even though those runs came on the Flat, he showed a decent level of ability.
He was gelded at the start of the year, and Hobbs and White clearly believe there is some untapped potential to unearth with Wonderful Eagle.
While Wonderful Eagle does have some doubters to silence, he comes into the race with the most ability, and he should give punters a run for their money at Newton Abbot.
4.30 – Clearance @ 11/4
Clearance has given connections plenty to smile about at Newton Abbot in recent years, and there is no reason why that cannot continue on Tuesday.
All three of Clearance’s most recent runs have come at this track, and Michael Blake’s runner has won twice and finished second on the other occasion.
Both wins came at 5/1 to keep the punters happy, and his record at Newton Abbot is too hard to ignore, as three of his four career wins have come at the Devonshire track.
The son of Authorized should still be off a workable mark, with Harry Fry’s Lady Adare the main threat in the Talk Tidy Marketing Handicap Hurdle.