Racing goes ahead at Plumpton today, where the going is heavy and the feature race is the At The Races Sussex National. Local trainer Gary Moore will be bidding to win the race for the second consecutive year.
He took it last year with Well Refreshed ridden by son Joshua, and this time his entry is Reblis, again ridden by Joshua. Reblis was a 7-1 winner at the track’s last meeting just before Christmas on very soft ground, with Joshua in the saddle that day.
The eight other contenders for the race include mud-loving Halley, trained by Tom George, and Mortimers Cross ridden by in-form Richard Johnson. Tony McCoy teams up with Jonjo O’ Neill’s Smoking Aces and Henfield trainer Daniel Steele sends out According To Them, with talented conditional jockey Conor Shoemark in the saddle. Jamie Moore will be aboard Peter Bowen’s Ballybough Gorta.
Clerk of the course Mark Cornford said: “There is some uncertainty with the timing of the front coming in from the west later which potentially could see showers during racing. Underfoot conditions are very wet and there was 6mm of rain yesterday afternoon, but it was dry overnight with an air frost.
“This morning is expected to be dry with some sunshine and could feel colder than of late so be prepared.
“The ground will be very wet and very testing, I can’t emphasise that enough, but the horses have declared on it and everyone I have spoken to seems upbeat and wants to have a go.”
“The worst part of the course is the bottom bend from about midway round turning into the home straight. We won’t be jumping the first fence in the home straight, which would have been the first in the National, but we are jumping everything else.”
The first race is at 12.50 and gates open at 11am.