A Chinese Raceday fixture is planned for Plumpton on Monday, where the going is currently heavy, soft in places- but no waterlogging, and the track currently raceable.
The latest report from the course says that showers are forecast today. Friday, some of which could be heavy, while Saturday is looking mostly dry and feeling colder than of late, Sunday has more rain on the outlook but with forecast’s varying Plumpton says there is some uncertainty as to the amount at this stage.
The £6,000 Crystal Services Novice Hurdle over 2mile 5 furlongs has attracted a good initial entry with both winner and runner up in similar event at the last meeting entered. Venetia Williams has entered winner Marcilhac again, while runner up that day, Brave Vic, from Gary Moore is again entered.
Brave Vic is one horse certain to go on to a bright future over the fences and his trainer has described him as ‘a good chaser in the makings’.
Brandon Thomas, a good winner at the last meeting for Findon trainer Nick Gifford, is entered for the Novices Handicap Chase over two miles one furlong, where trainer Robert Walford and jockey Felix De Giles- who have had a number of successes at Plumpton- team up with Just Cloudy.
Updated going reports will be issued daily, and everyone is hoping this fixture will survive the continued onslaught of heavy rain. The astute large investment by course owners in extensive drainage work on the track during the summer break has more than paid off so far this season.
Racing is planned to start at 1.30pm, with a seven race card and gates open at 11.30am.