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RACEDAY PREVIEW

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 philip.spink@timeform.com

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Preview for Monday 20th November:

Pompadour Raceday celebrates the twinning of Plumpton Racecourse with Pompadour Racecourse in the Limousin region of France. Racing has occurred at both Plumpton and Pompadour since the 1800’s and both courses attract racing’s stars of the future and top jockeys and trainers. The partnership is celebrated with the Plumpton Racecourse Twinned With Pompadour Racecourse Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle (2.40pm) on Monday and Chef d’Equipe is sure to be popular with punters having gone into plenty of notebooks with his effort behind Ding Ding here a fortnight ago. That should have sharpened him up and he can go well for Philip Hobbs.
 
Monday’s fixture features the first race in Plumpton’s Cheltenham Festival Bonus Series with the Jill’s 80th Birthday Novices’ Chase (1.40pm) and Gary Moore’s exciting prospect Benatar should be all the rage. The Moores have a good record in this bonus series and the five-year-old looks set to take high rank among the novice chasers this season after an impressive reappearance win at Ascot.
 
The Tie The Knot Wedding Catering Novices’ Hurdle (1.10pm) features plenty of likely improvers and Bold Image could be interesting back from a year off for Suzy Smith having won a Fontwell bumper in fine style when last seen.
 
Six go to post for the Buy Someone A Plumpton Membership This Christmas Handicap Hurdle (2.10pm) and Robert Walford’s Our Merlin could be the most interesting contender having caught the eye on his comeback at Worcester. The Dorset trainer has been in good form in recent months.
 
Alan King has an excellent record at Plumpton and his Saint Contest is interesting in the Watch Race Replays On attheraces.com Handicap Chase (3.10pm). His race ended early at Kempton last month but he remains with plenty of potential as a chaser.
 
The Create Your Fantasy Jumps Stable At attheraces.com/stablestars Handicap Hurdle (3.40pm) completes the six-race card.
 
Gates open at 11.30am with the first race at 1.10pm. 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. Accompanied under 18’s go racing free and car parking is free.

Preview for 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.

 

Preview for 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.

Preview for 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.