David Bridgwater made the journey from his Stow-On-The-Wold stables to Plumpton worthwhile yesterday by scoring an impressive double. He initiated it when he sent out Nomadic Storm at 3-1 to win the two mile one furlong handicap chase with Tom Scudamore on board.
He said:”That is now three wins and three places from this horse. He won that well. He coped with conditions well . It was hard work but it was wet and the horses were getting through it”
Tom Scudamore reported that the Nomadic Way gelding had travelled well throughout the race, taking the lead at the fifth and said that the horse had jumped soundly. This in-form rider later went on to complete his own double, riding for a different trainer.
Ongoing investment in the track and facilities at Plumpton rewarded racegoers with a good day of racing, and Tom Scudamore was quickly back in the winner’s spot in the following race- the two mile handicap hurdle- when he partnered Rathealy for David Pipe.
The four-year-old gelding made all, testing the remaining six runners and despite mistakes at the last two flights, won at 9-1 by a comfortable six lengths from odds-on favourite Syrop De Menthe ridden by Lucy Gardner.
Then it was a delighted David Bridgwater’s turn to celebrate a second win, when 7lb claimer Jake Launchbury rode a well-judged race on board Ringa Bay at 11-4 to take a three length lead two out from favourite Paddy The Oscar,trained by Grace Harris,and holding on to to win by over a length.
Champion jockey Tony McCoy had kicked off the meeting with a win in the opening Maiden Hurdle race on board Slowfoot, trained by Jim Best. He said: “He was good, considering, because he raced a little bit gassy early on. He was a little bit fresh and you could tell he hadn’t run for over a year.”
The seven-year-old had made a late start in jump racing, having come from Germany, but got the better of Keys ridden by Daryl Jacob and in third place, Santa’s Secret, trained by Oliver Sherwood, and ridden by Leighton Aspell. The latter was undoubtedly the pick of the paddock and should be winning soon.
West Wratting trainer Sarah Humphrey made the trip to Plumpton pay off when she sent out Flemi Two Shoes with 3lb claimer James Banks in the saddle to take the three mile one furlong handicap hurdle race by just a nose. The unlucky runner-up was Lucy Wadham’s Aviador ridden impressively by 10lb claimer Luke Ingram- and the remainder of the field were 18 lengths adrift.
Trainer Anthony Honeyball was another to celebrate a double when he sent out 8-11 favourite Cresswell Breeze, ridden by Aiden Coleman to an easy 14 length victory in the handicap hurlde over two miles five furlongs by an easy 13 lengths from Young Cheddar.The second half of the double came in the National Hunt Flat race which Rachel Green won partnering his potentially useful mare Act Now.
Make a date in the diary for the next Plumpton fixture- the Aspen Insurance Anglo-Irish Raceday on Monday March 9, which has a special Cheltenham Festival Preview before racing.