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 April 15th 2018
All looks set fair for Sunday’s Sussex Raceday and it promises to be a great day at Plumpton.
Dancing Doug has shown a fair bit in bumpers, chasing home the later fancy Irish Odyssey at Fontwell last time, and could be up to the task on his debut over jumps in the opening Enhanced Place Odds At 188Bet Maiden Hurdle (2.15). He’s well bred, being a half-brother to the Greatwood Gold Cup and Old Roan winner Sound Investment, and may have come upon a good opening.
In the In Play Betting At 188Bet Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase (2.50) it could be worth chancing Remember Forever. Richard Rowe’s charge took a similar event over C&D this time last year and is back on that mark with Bryony Frost taking over now.
The Premier League Betting At 188Bet Handicap Hurdle (3.20) sees the biggest field at Plumpton that I can remember for a while and of the fifteen declared No Hiding Place looks the bet for Nicky Henderson. He’s run good races in second under inexperienced pilots in handicaps the last twice and likely has more to offer with Aintree Bowl-winning rider Nico de Boinville back up.
Achille took a big step back in the right direction when second at Wincanton last month and is the way to go in the Download The App At 188Bet Handicap Chase (3.55) with the Venetia Williams yard back among the winners.
Yukon Delta is a tricky customer but has dropped to a very tempting mark and is chanced in the Happy 21st Birthday Sophie Mellett Handicap Hurdle (4.30). Everything needs to fall perfectly for Gary Moore’s eleven-year-old, but it could well do for him here in re-fitted blinkers.
Show’s Over chased home one who struck again next time at Taunton and gets the vote in the tricky Best Odds Guaranteed At 188Bet Handicap Chase (5.00). He’s gone close at Plumpton in the past under Tom O’Brien and everything looks in place for a big run.
Irish Odyssey makes all the appeal in the concluding 188Bet Live Casino Intermediate Bumper (5.30). He made short work of Dancing Doug on his debut at Fontwell last month and could be another smart one for Brighton chairman Tony Bloom.
Plumpton’s inaugural Sussex Raceday also features a Sussex Farmers’ Market with side stalls, Sussex Yeomanry, Morris Dancers, bouncy castles and more!
Sunday 1st April 2018
Happy Easter and get set for two tremendous days of racing at Plumpton’s Totepool Easter Festival.
Traffic Fluide brings a touch of class to Sunday’s proceedings and will be hard to beat in the toteplacepot Novices’ Hurdle (2.15pm). Twice placed in Grade 1s over fences, Traffic Fluide is having his first go over hurdles for Gary Moore having finished midfield in the Plate at the Cheltenham Festival last month.
Finnegan’s Garden bolted up by 35 lengths over C&D in December and can go in again for Zoe Davison in the toteexacta Easter Handicap Chase (2.45). He was an early casualty at Chepstow last week but remains on a workable mark and a return to Plumpton can reap rewards.
Lickpenny Larry can take the totequadpot Easter Novices’ Handicap Chase (3.15). He would likely have played a serious hand in the finish but for a crucial error 4 out at Leicester last time, and has a big shout off the same mark if keeping the mistakes down.
Plumpton’s leading trainer Gary Moore can land the totepool Sussex Champion Hurdle (3.45) for the first time with the promising Early du Lemo. He ran a blinder behind the revitalised Sizing Granite after a year off on his handicap debut at Newbury last week and looks sure to do even better.
Pull Together is doing little wrong in defeat and could break his duck in the totetrifecta Maiden Hurdle (4.20). He finished runner-up for a third straight start at Lingfield and surely has a race in him.
Fearsome Fred has shown more than enough in handicap hurdles to suggest he can win a race and could be worth chancing on his first start over fences in the Collect totepool Winnings At Betfred Shops Novices’ Handicap Chase (4.55). He was runner-up in a point in his younger days so should take to the larger obstacles.
Lizzie Langton can open her account in the totepool Happy Easter Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (5.30). She shaped as if better for the run after eleven months off for her new yard at Taunton and can build on that.
There is so much for the kids to do over Easter at Plumpton Racecourse, including a fun fair, face painting, a climbing wall and a magician! With accompanied children (under 18s) going racing free, all the more reason to come along!
Gates on Sunday open at noon with the first race at 2.15pm!
Monday 12th March 2018
Warm up for Cheltenham with an exciting six-race card and if you haven’t found your Festival winners yet why not join us for our Cheltenham Preview in Chasers Bar before racing.
Plumpton’s leading trainer Gary Moore holds the key to the opening 188Bet 10% Back At Cheltenham Tuesday Novices’ Hurdle (2.20) and Larry, under Jamie Moore, holds more appeal than stablemate Dell Oro. His stamina is proven after a couple of good runs in handicaps and he has a tongue tie fitted now.
Lillington holds the answer to the Peter Earl Memorial Novices’ Handicap Chase (2.50). He already promises to be better over fences having run a blinder at Taunton, and can improve past a number who contested a tricky contest won by Sir Hubert here last month.
Ballyheigue Bay can win the 188Bet Best Priced Mullins Cheltenham Wednesday Handicap Hurdle (3.20) for the second year running. The eleven-year-old landed a hot race at Ascot last month and will be hard to beat if in the same form.
Iconic Sky can follow up her Market Rasen victory in the 188Bet Faller Refunds At Cheltenham Thursday Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (3.50). That win was a big step forward and she can progress again back up in trip.
Point winner Sounds Of Italy could take a big step forward in the 188Bet Extra Places At Cheltenham Friday Handicap Chase (4.20). Tom Scudamore takes the ride for the first time and connections have found a good race for him back over fences.
The handicapper has given King Cnut a cracking chance in the Strong Flavours Catering Handicap Hurdle (4.50) and today could be the day. He went well to a point in a handicap at Kempton last month and is 10 lb lower taking on his elders now.
Monday 26th February 2018
Be sure to join us for our final February meeting on Monday which features seven races.
Nicky Henderson sends Royal Ruby down to Plumpton for the Howdens Insurance Maiden Hurdle (2.00) and the lightly-raced six-year-old can reward supporters. Royal Ruby struggled in a good Newbury contest won by the exciting First Flow when last seen but had previously shown plenty on his hurdles debut at Fakenham. This doesn’t look a particularly deep race and he is expected to do much better.
Minmore Present could improve for Gary and Josh Moore in the four-runner Enhanced Place Odds At 188Bet “Confined” Novices’ Chase (2.30). There wasn’t much to take from his first run over fences for connections at Warwick last month, beaten eight lengths by a useful rival in a steadily-run match, but he remains with potential on his runs in the pointing field.
Sheelbewhatsheelbe showed a good attitude when scoring at Towcester four weeks ago and could well follow-up after a 3 lb rise for Richard Phillips in the Bet & Watch At 188bet.co.uk Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (3.00).
Not Never can strike again for the Moores in the R.A.B.I./Joan Collison Memorial Handicap Hurdle (3.35). He was a winner at the track on Sussex National day last month, beating Tara Bridge, who has since scored twice over fences for Chris Gordon.
The amateurs come to the fore in the Best Odds Guaranteed At 188Bet Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase (4.05) and James King, who is attached to the Neil Mulholland yard, could win the race for the second year running. The 2017 Champion Amateur partners Greyed A for Dr Richard Newland.
Mickieblueeyes is interesting in the Strong Flavours Catering Handicap Hurdle (4.40) for Diana Grissell. A bumper winner at Plumpton, he shaped well fitted with a tongue tie when backed on his handicap debut at Huntingdon last month and could have more to offer again now upped in trip.
No No Juliet showed plenty despite a sharp test looking against her on debut in a polytrack bumper and can improve to land the concluding Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Mares’ bumper (5.15) for Oliver Sherwood. She goes over a longer trip switched to turf now and can improve.
Gates open at noon with the first race at 2pm. Advance tickets are just £15 per person when booked online with further discounts for groups of 10 or more racegoers. Advanced tickets are available until midnight the night before racing with tickets available on the day for £18. Accompanied under 18’s go racing free and car parking is free.
Monday 12th February 2018
Be sure to join us on Monday for an exciting six-race card that will see us help raise money for the Injured Jockeys Fund.
The SW Catering Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (2.15pm) is the first race of the afternoon and Harmonise is taken to land the spoils for Sheena West. The four-year-old, a fairly useful performer on the level for Mick Channon, had quite a nasty experience in the end on her debut over hurdles at Ascot last month, brought down at the last when in second having shaped well. Hopefully she is none the worse for that as it was a promising start over jumps otherwise.
Eamon An Cnoic could be the one to be with in the David Ashforth And Friends Chase (2.50). All three runners have questions to answer but the form of Eamon An Cnoic’s win at Haydock in December looks solid and his subsequent run might be best overlooked.
Ladofash looks very interesting for Chris Gordon in the IEP Financial Handicap Hurdle (3.20). His initial third over hurdles to the Triumph Hurdle-bound Sussex Ranger at Fontwell reads well, and he could belatedly build plenty on that now going handicapping up in trip in receipt of plenty of weight.
Sir Hubert continues to drop in the weights and is worth chancing in the Strong Flavours Catering Novices’ Handicap Chase (3.50). Richard Rowe’s charge shaped well on his first start over fences at Lingfield in November and hasn’t been seen to full advantage in two runs here since. A race can surely come his way before too much longer.
The well-regarded Cheque En Blanc can get the hat-trick up for Gary and Jamie Moore in the Nigel And Barbara Collison Supporting The IJF Handicap Hurdle (4.20). He’s been prominent in the betting on all four starts for his new yard, rewarding support at Taunton and Doncaster the last twice, and there is a good chance he is still ahead of his mark.
Be Daring got no further than the third here a fortnight ago and is worth another chance in the concluding Support The Injured Jockeys Fund Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (4.50). He went off favourite on that occasion on the back of a good run at Fontwell and remains one to keep the faith with.
Gates open at noon with the first race at 2.15pm. Advance tickets are just £15 per person when booked online with further discounts for groups of 10 or more racegoers. Advanced tickets are available until midnight the night before racing with tickets available on the day for £18. Accompanied under 18’s go racing free and car parking is free.
Monday 29th January 2018
At The Races Raceday brings January to a close at Plumpton. The in-form Gary Moore could be set for more success at the track with five runners and French recruit Distingo looks very interesting starting out for the yard in the Free Tips Daily On attheraces.com Maiden Hurdle (1.55pm). He’s a half-brother to Cheltenham Festival winner Supasundae and could be the type to do much better on these shores having clocked some respectable ratings in France last year.
Le Coeur Net may have won at Fontwell in December but for unseating Noel Fehily 4 out and the pair could gain compensation in the Download The Free At The Races App Novices’ Handicap Chase (2.25). He’s worth another chance after his subsequent Huntingdon disappointment with this drop back in trip likely to suit.
Anthony Honeyball and Noel Fehily can strike again in the Read Barry Geraghty’s Blog On attheraces.com Novices’ Hurdle (2.55) with My Dance. She kept on well when winning at Fontwell three weeks ago and this longer trip will suit.
The handicapper has had his say with Saucysioux after her three wins in a fortnight in November/December, but such was the manner of those victories she’s fancied to still be ahead of her mark in the Follow @attheraces On Twitter Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (3.25). She has Fergus Gregory up now who claims 6 lb and has enjoyed wins on five of his last six rides for trainer Olly Murphy.
Clondaw Rigger bolted up at Hereford a fortnight ago and can follow up in the At The Races Sky 415 Handicap Chase (3.55) for Katy price with this test sure to suit.
The gamble on Brother Norphin at Fontwell on his debut for Seamus Mullins three weeks ago was notable and he could build on that run, his first for ten months, in the Free Race Replays On attheraces.com Handicap Hurdle (4.25).
Gates open at noon with the first race at 1.55pm. Advance tickets are just £15 per person when booked online with further discounts for groups of 10 or more racegoers. Advanced tickets are available until midnight the night before racing with tickets available on the day for £18. Accompanied under 18’s go racing free and car parking is free.
Monday 15th January 2018
Blow away those Blue Monday blues with a trip to Plumpton for Timeform Raceday.
This Monday is said to be the gloomiest day of the year but there is nothing dispiriting about an afternoon at the races. A six-race card gets underway with the Free Alerts With The Timeform Tracker Novices’ Hurdle (1.25pm) and Lisp looks to have a great chance to follow up his win here last month. That form has been franked with the second, Knocknanuss, bolting up in a handicap at Fontwell on Boxing Day, and the youngster, who is a half-brother to connections’ smart hurdler Thomas Campbell, looks sure to go on improving.
Last year’s winner Yourholidayisover could be set to strike again in the 9 Winning Years For The Timeform Jury Handicap Chase (2.00). He’s not one for the faint-hearted, often inclined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, but remains on a fair mark and has run well on both his visits to Plumpton, narrowly beaten a fortnight on from his victory twelve months ago.
Camron de Chaillac can back up last month’s Taunton victory in the Visit timeform.com/freebets Handicap Hurdle (2.30). He was much improved fitted with a visor there, showing a good attitude to edge ahead late on with the first two well clear. The step up in trip now will suit and his rider Sean Houlihan can claim his full 7 lb this time.
Frank N Fair is in the form of her life and is sure to be popular in the Everyone Active Handicap Chase (3.05). She posted a career best when third in the Sussex National last week on the back of two wins over today’s course and distance and Monday’s task looks much easier.
The Happy 90th Birthday Richard Dean Maiden Hurdle (3.40) looks an interesting race that should throw up plenty of winners and Brianstorm could be one to get his head in front this afternoon. He’s come up against very promising winners on both starts over hurdles so far and is likely to improve for this longer trip with the red-hot Richard Johnson back on board.
Jockey James Bowen continues to go from strength to strength and looks a very eye-catching booking on Be Daring in the Strong Flavours Catering Handicap Hurdle (4.10). The sixteen-year-old has won the Welsh National and Lanzarote Hurdle over successive weekends and takes the ride on the in-form Be Daring, who looked ready to strike when beaten narrowly at Fontwell last week.
Gates open at 11.30am with the first race at 1.25pm. Advance tickets are just £15 per person when booked online with further discounts for groups of 10 or more racegoers. Advanced tickets are available until midnight the night before racing with tickets available on the day for £18. Accompanied under 18’s go racing free and car parking is free.
Sunday 7th January 2018
The most prestigious raceday of the season at Plumpton gets 2018 underway on Sunday, with the Sussex National the highlight of a bumper seven-race card sponsored by At The Races.
The first race is at 12.30 with the Sussex National due to go off at 2.35. Thirteen runners have been declared for the feature race and one of the younger chasers Vinnie Lewis could be the answer for punters. He won in fine style at Sedgefield in November and looks a cracking stayer in the making over fences. It’s still early days for him, and he’s taking on battle-hardened performers now for Harry Whittington, but he could well be up to the task.
We’ve seen some good horses in the novice hurdles at Plumpton so far this season and the opening race, the Download The At The Races App Novices’ Hurdle (12.30) should throw up a few more, with Dan Skelton’s Marley Firth, the only previous winner in the field, taken to successfully carry a penalty to victory back down in grade.
Rather Be should take all the beating in the Read Barry Geraghty’s Blog On attheraces.com Novices’ Chase (1.05), the fourth race in Plumpton’s Cheltenham Bonus Series which offers a £60,000 prize to connections of the winner if they go onto success at the Cheltenham Festival. Rather Be was impressive when making a winning chase debut at Towcester last month for Nicky Henderson and looks open to any amount of improvement.
Alan King can continue his fine record at Plumpton with Harefield strongly fancied to land the At The Races Sky 415 EBF Novices’ Hurdle (1.35). There is more to come from him now stepped up in trip after his comfortable win at Warwick.
Lawney Hill is no stranger to success at Plumpton either, and her Clondaw Westie will rightfully have supporters in the Download The At The Races iPad App Handicap Hurdle (2.05). He caught the eye on his comeback at Fontwell last month and looks a winner in waiting.
Those following Champion Jockey Richard Johnson will be keen to see how Whispering Harry fares in the betting in the Visit attheraces.com Handicap Chase (3.10). Henry Oliver’s charge is out of form but won on two of the three occasions he was partnered by Johnson in his hurdling days.
Finally, a Plumpton meeting rarely goes by without a winner for Gary Moore and Not Never should be ready to go on his return in the Free Race Replays On attheraces.com Handicap Hurdle (3.45).
Monday 18th December 2017
Christmas Raceday brings down the curtain on 2017 at Plumpton with a seven-race card that gets underway at 12.20. Dan Skelton bids to continue his fine run at the track with a couple of runners. Must HaveA Flutter shaped with promise on his first outing over hurdles at our last meeting and should improve to take a hand in the opening J H Builders Novices’ Hurdle (12.20). Café au Lait seems sure to be popular making his first start for the yard in the A & D Staff Christmas Handicap Hurdle (2.25). He’s very well treated on his best form and a revival could be on the cards.
The third qualifier in the £60,000 Plumpton Cheltenham Festival Bonus Series is the Happy Birthday Chris Kinane Novices’ Chase (12.50) and features four successful returning hurdlers making their chase debuts. The class act is Fixe Le Kap, representing Nicky Henderson and the bang in-form owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. The green silks have been a regular sight in winners’ enclosures across the country in the last few months and the French listed hurdle winner should make up into a useful chaser. Ben Pauling’s Delire d’Estruval also represents the owners in the Derek Hunnisett Memorial Novices’ Hurdle (1.20) and the exciting youngster has an excellent chance to follow up last month’s Haydock listed win under Daryl Jacob.
Talk of The South will have his supporters for Paul Henderson in the G. E. White & Sons Agricultural Buildings Handicap Chase (1.50). He looked set to take a hand in the finish until falling 3 out in the race won by Frank N Fair here a fortnight ago, and there is a good chance he can gain compensation off a 2 lb lower mark.
Sir Hubert would be a popular winner of the Hepworth Brewery Handicap Chase (3.00). A regular at the track, the seven-year-old made a very promising start over fences in a useful event at Lingfield last month and can improve.
Hideaway Vic can make his experience count in the concluding Tie The Knot Wedding Catering bumper (3.30). Anthony Honeyball’s charge shaped well on his debut at Wincanton and should progress.
Monday 20th November
Monday 6th November
As the jumps season kicks in why not join us at Plumpton on Monday for our Season Preview sponsored by At The Races.
Before racing starts we will once again be holding our popular Plumpton Preview for the season ahead in the Chaser’s Bar. Luke Harvey and Simon Holt will be on hand to point you in the direction of the jumpers to watch in the coming months. The preview gets underway in Chaser’s Bar at 12:15pm.
On the course there are six exciting races and the action begins at 1:40pm with the Your Jumps Season Guide At attheraces.com/jumps Maiden Hurdle, an interesting event that sees King Vince, a dual bumper winner for Stuart Kittow this summer, joining others in making their debut over hurdles for the in-form Jamie Snowden. Parthenius starts out for Dan Skelton, while Roll of The Dice has left that trainer to join Gary Moore and could make his presence felt in a race his new handler won last year.
The Download The Free At The Races App Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (2.10pm) has attracted a quality field of fillies and mares and Roksana could be the one to be with for Dan Skelton if she can build on her promising debut in a warm-looking race at Chepstow.
Plantagenet defends his unbeaten record for Seamus Mullins in the Free Tips Daily On attheraces.com Novices’ Handicap Chase (2.40pm). He’s been thriving over hurdles for his new yard and should take to chasing.
Philip Hobbs has run some good ones at Plumpton over the years and plenty of eyes will be on his Chef d’Equipe in the Download The attheraces App For iPad Handicap Hurdle (3.10pm). The five-year-old was bought for €130,000 after winning over fences at Auteuil in June and will doubtless be placed to good effect by his new connections.
The Visit attheraces.com Handicap Chase (3.40pm) and Read Barry Geraghty’s Blog On attheraces.com Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (4.10pm) complete the afternoon’s action.
Be sure to join us on Monday. Gates open at 11.30am. Advance tickets costing just £15 can be booked online up until midnight. Accompanied under 18’s go racing free and car parking is free.
Monday 23rd October
Giddy up to Plumpton and start half term in style with a fun day at the races on Monday.
76 runners have been declared for Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre Charity Raceday which commence at 2.30. A couple of class 3 handicaps feature on a cracking afternoon’s racing and most of the top National Hunt yards are represented in the Gerald Karn-Smith Memorial Chase (4.00), with Ridgeway Flyer interesting on his first start for Paul Nicholls in a competitive handicap that also features runners from the Alan King, Nicky Henderson, and Philip Hobbs stables. More closer to home, Theo’s Charm and Crystal Lad represent the Nick Gifford and Gary Moore yards in a race that is well worth watching.
The SIS Supports Moorcroft Handicap Hurdle (4.30) is our other feature handicap and sees the comeback of Invicta Lake for Suzy Smith. The ten-year-old won the race in 2014 and is one of two runners for the Lewes stable.
Chris Gordon was among the winners at our first meeting of the season last month and has a number of interesting runners this afternoon, not least Highway One O One in the Geoffrey Budd Partnership Maiden Hurdle (2.30). He was a fifteen-length winner in a Newton Abbot bumper last month and seems sure to make his presence felt over jumps.
Stoical Patient is interesting back from a long lay-off for Gary and Jamie Moore in the Jeremy Kyle Josh Gifford Memorial Handicap Chase (3.00). She was a big improver when winning impressively at Fontwell when last seen thirteen months ago.
There is plenty of entertainment off the track for the kids, including a magician, balloon modelling and face painting, while you can also get a selfie with Cuddles the Shetland Pony!
We are delighted to be supporting The Moorcroft Charity again this year. The Silent Auction will be available to all in the Plumpton Marquee Reception. A tack sale selling bridles, bandages and rugs as well as Christmas cards and stationary is available to all in the small marquee by the weighing room.
Be sure to join us for Monday’s Moorcroft Day. Gates open at 12.30pm with the Shetland Pony Race at 1.45pm and seven exciting Jump Races beginning at 2.30pm. Accompanied under 18’s go racing free and car parking is free.
Sunday 24th September
The 2017-18 season at Plumpton begins on Sunday with the always-popular Family Day and 50 runners have been declared over the seven races. There will be plenty going on off the course also and all eyes will be on the Mascot Race at 1.25 with Plumpton’s Whinny sure to take all the beating!
Gary and Jamie Moore will receive their prizes for the Jeffrey Peate Top Trainer and Jockey for last season in the Winners Enclosure after the fourth race, and the pair are well represented with four runners on the card. East Indies seems sure to go well in the SW Catering Handicap Hurdle (2.20), while Lord E goes in the J.H. Builders Juvenile Hurdle (3.20) and has already picked up a win this summer down the road at Fontwell. The enigmatic Flashman goes in the Tie The Knot Wedding Catering Novices’ Handicap Chase (4.20) under young claimer William Clarke, while another conditional in Jason Nuttall goes for back-to-back wins on Osgood in the concluding Brixton Barbarians Cricket Team Handicap Hurdle (4.50).
Another winner from last year’s card, Little Windmill, is back at Plumpton and goes in the Andrew “Super Wack” Jackson Memorial Handicap Chase (2.50) for Neil King. Last week’s impressive Worcester winner Holly Bush Henry should be a warm order under a penalty for Phil Middleton in the Crystal Services Handicap Hurdle (3.50).
Be sure to join us for a fantastic afternoon. Gates open at 12 noon with the first race at 1:50pm and the last race at 4:50pm. Accompanied under 18’s go racing free and car parking is free.