Coleman Gets Two Kisses Reward At Newton Abbot

Showing that she warranted her status as favourite for the event, Two Kisses had a very comfortable victory in the opening event, the Newton Abbot Racecourse Juvenile Hurdle.

Racing at Newton Abbot

Racing at Newton Abbot

Jockey Aidan Coleman made it look easy atop the Brendan Powell trained mare, travelling well and moving to the front of the field and drawing clear three out, foot-perfect at each but the next-to-last fence.

Pushing on coming into the home stretch, Coleman had a dominant lead, which stretched out to an amazing 22 lengths victory from second placed Parhelion, followed by Sansili a further length and a quarter back.

"Before she ran first time over hurdles at Stratford on a Sunday she never saw a pole until the Wednesday before," said Powell.

"She was a little bit green first time out but now she's very quick over them and very neat.

"It's amazing how much a horse can improve for jumping and there is a race in Market Rasen for her on September 25.

"I think it's worth about £15,000 and she'll just have one penalty and a mares' allowance.

"She's a sweetheart and she seems to go on any ground."

Trainer Powell scored a fast double when Massini Man fought hard for hung on well in the next event, the Newton Abbot Racecourse Novices' Handicap Chase.

"I dropped the whip five furlongs out and had to ride hands and heels the rest of the way," revealed the jockey.

"I was delighted with him last time to be honest - even though we got beat.

"We still ran a cracker of a race but it's nice we've done it this time."