Plumpton Racecourse looks set to open the new season in style with some well-subscribed races at its meeting tomorrow, Sunday. With going good to soft, competitive racing is guaranteed- and the long summer break will ensure the track is in good condition.
The meeting opens with a two mile one furlong novice hurdle, where two main contenders are expected to be headed by Mountain Fighter, trained by John Ferguson and ridden by Aidan Coleman- a combination which has won already this season at Fakenham.
He could have most to fear from Argot, trained by Charlie Lonsdon with Noel Fehily in the saddle. There is an interesting newcomer See The Rock, owned by JP McManus and ridden by Richard Johnson. This five–year-old has previously raced on the Flat trained by Germany.
A handicap hurdle follows at just under two miles where two dual winners this season, King Munro and Sleeping Season, could be tested by in Cool Macavity, sent out by Nicky Henderson, with David Bass booked to ride.
Trainer Peter Bowen has made the trip from Pembrokeshire with Sandynow, ridden by his son Sean. Sandynow, despite being ten years old, has made the frame in a couple of prep runs this season. He was dual winner last season and the Bowen family has a good record round Plumpton.
But Neil King’s Ballyvoneen can’t be ruled out because of his excellent record and consistent peformances round this track.
Trainer Alan King likes to send young horses to Plumpton for experience and is represented by Paddy’s Runner, a useful sort, which has joined him from the Flat and will have Wayne Hutchinson in the saddle.
The three-mile two furlong handicap hurdle over three and a quarter miles- the fifth race on the card, looks set to be a competitive affair, with triple winner Kilfinichen Bay ( Longsdon-Johnson), Neil King’s Princeton Royal ( Trevor Whelan) and Henri Parri Morgan ( Peter and Sean Bowen) all in with chances.
Racing starts at 2pm and there is plenty of pre-race entertainment, with fun in the centre of th course for families, plus a display of retrained racehorses from Moorcroft in the parade ring, and former jockey Colin Brown on hand with tips.