Lavelle's Kangaroo Court should be worth a close watch at Newton Abbot
Newton Abbot's season draws to a close today with a seven-race card, and the class two South West Racing Club Handicap Hurdle is the highlight.
With trainer Emma Lavelle in such good form, there will be plenty siding with Kangaroo Court, whose win at the Devon course in September has resulted in an 11lb rise in the handicap for his troubles.
Somerset-based trainer Paul Nicholls saddles Wilton Milan in the same race. He had done enough when winning a novice hurdle at Southwell in March to suggest he was good enough to line up in the grade three handicap hurdle at Aintree.
It may have been a race too many, though, and he finished down the field. A break will have freshened him up and he is likely to go close.
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Ivor's King makes a quick reappearance under a 7lb penalty following his impressive win at the course last week, and if he reproduces that form he will take all the beating in the South West Racing Club Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.
However, it is a cracking little race with Catch Tammy, an impressive winner of a handicap chase at Stratford last month, and Ulis De Vassy and Easily Pleased both recently leading the field home.
Nick Williams, who trains Ulis De Vassy, saddles Abracadabra Sivola in the opening juvenile hurdle. He is a half-brother to winning hunter chaser Sericina and is likely to run well on his debut.
The EBF National Hunt Novices' Hurdle Qualifier has some decent types lining up, including bumper winners Beau De Tabel, Man Of Steel and The Skyfarmer.
The three-mile-two-furlong handicap chase could be an opportunity for Kilvergan Boy, who won at Perth last month and seems to be going well.
Hes Our Lad has not been in action for over a year but he won over hurdles and fences at Stratford in August 2012 and is sure to be fit for his return in the selling hurdle. Anger Management has been dropped in class by his trainer Rebecca Curtis but A P McCoy opts for Vimiero, who is probably the best of the bunch.
A decent-looking bumper concludes the season at Newton Abbot, with ex-point to pointers Champagne At Tara and Glowinginthedark lining up, while August Hill could improve on his second at Taunton in March with another summer on his back.