Not Just A Day For The Big Guns On At The Races At Plumpton Racecourse
Plumpton racecourse was spoilt by Sussex sunshine, after an early morning mist on Monday 6th November, and throughout the annual Jump Season Preview meeting, sponsored by At The Races. 6 races saw 51 runners declare, with only two non-runners on the day, making a great card with both a local and national contingency of trainers.
The day kicked off with the Jump Season Preview enjoyed by our racegoers who listened to Luke Harvey and Simon Holt discuss their “10 to follow.” The pair decided to choose lesser known horses, giving our racegoers something to go home and research on as well as follow over the season. Of those included Benatar, trained by local trainer Gary Moore. Luke believes this horse to be a good Cheltenham Festival contender, possibly via a Cheltenham Bonus Series qualifying race at Plumpton this season.
The first two races on the card were taken by Dan Skelton with Parthenius and Roksana, both piloted by Dan’s brother, Harry. It could have been a hattrick for the brothers had Firmount Gent not unseated Harry at the final fence in the 5th race, lending the victory to Red Square Revival under Tom Scudamore for the David Pipe yard.
Colin Tizzard completed the wins for the better-known trainers with Cucklington in the third race, under Harry Cobden. The fourth race went to local trainer Sheena West and the pocket rocket Ding Ding. At barely 15hh, the little chestnut mare notched up her 4th win at Plumpton under Marc Goldstein, aka “The Pwoducer” from the Facebook sensation, Wocket Woy. Another local trainer, Zoe Davison, claimed the last race with The Game Is Afoot. Both these local runners were having their first run of the season.
In the Parade Ring, our sponsors had the hard choice of selecting the Best Turned Out Horse for each race. The standard was impeccable – a credit to the stable staff who look after the horses day in and day out. Kirryl, from Charlie Mann’s yard took two Best Turned Out awards – his 7th and 8th in a row! Poppy and Harriet from Robin Dickin’s yard each got a best turned out for their patriotic use of poppies, honouring Remembrance.