This season, our raceday reviews and previews will come from Timeform’s Philip Spink. Founded in 1948, Timeform is a sports data and content provider. Timeform ratings are widely accepted as the definitive measure of racing merit. Their horse racing service produces daily racecards for every meeting in the UK and Ireland and they also offer form guides for racing in the US, South Africa, Dubai and Qatar. The official Plumpton race programme is one of three published by the Halifax-based company. Philip Spink is the editor of the Plumpton Official Race Programme for Timeform. He will back any runners at the track trained by Venetia Williams and thinks Plumpton may have seen a future star in the shape of last January’s novice hurdle winner Jerrysback. Visit the website www.timeform.com, or follow Timeform on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Timeform) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/timeform1948). Philip can be contacted directly on: email@example.com
Sunday 24th September
Around 3,000 racegoers were in attendance as Family Day kicked off the 2017-18 season at Plumpton.
Gary and Jamie Moore received their prizes for the Jeffrey Peate Top Trainer and Jockey for last season from Moppy Peate and it wasn’t long before the pair were among the winners again as East Indies landed plenty of bets in the SW Catering Handicap Hurdle.
Jockey Tom Cannon hasn’t looked back since returning from injury last month and enjoyed another Plumpton double on-board City Dreamer for Alan King in the J.H. Builders Juvenile Hurdle and Rob Robin in the Brixton Barbarians Cricket Team Handicap Hurdle. Rob Robin was part of a double on the day for Morestead trainer Chris Gordon who had earlier seen his promising Ramore Will left clear at the last in the Tie The Knot Wedding Catering Novices’ Handicap Chase.
James Bowen is a young conditional jockey tipped for the top by many and he showcased his talents with victory on board Holly Bush Henry for Phil Middleton in the Crystal Services Handicap Hurdle. The 16-year-old has been breaking records on the point-to-point circuit and is reportedly set to join Champion Trainer Nicky Henderson next week.
Doitforjoe edged out Fort Gabriel late to land the Andrew “Super Wack” Jackson Memorial Handicap Chase for David Dennis and Noel Fehily, while Arthington made it two from two over hurdles for Seamus Mullins and promising rider Kevin Jones in the Extech Novices’ Hurdle.
The Children’s Trust Mascot Race prior to racing proved to be a very popular attraction and a photo finish was needed with Plumpton’s very own Whinny landing the spoils!
Seamus Durack may have been out of luck with his three runners on the track, but High Wells and Linguine both picked up Best Turned Out awards for Silvia Dean from the yard.