Trainer Neil Mullholland and jockey Noel Fehily continued their outstanding and seemingly unstoppable form on slow ground at Plumpton yesterday with a treble. The unusually slow conditions undoubtedly contributed to some unusual results.
Their winning sequence was initiated by 5-6 favouriteTikkanbar in the opening Novices’ Hurdle race over two-and-a-half miles, winning by 19 lengths. Landin, trained by Seamus Mullins had to settle for runner-up spot with Book of Gold close behind in third.
The Mullholland/Fehily combination’s second victory of the day was with 4-9 favourite Dalaman in the two mile one furlong handicap hurdle, this time by 24 lengths from another Seamus Mullins runner, Kastani Beach, sent off at 5-1. Laura Mongan’s Keppel Isle at 20-1 was third.
The last leg of the treble came when Master Burbridge (4-1) beat Gary Moore’s Mr Muddle ridden by Jamie Moore by just over four lengths in the two miles three furlongs handicap chase. Neil King’s Little Windmill with Trevor Whelan up came home a further 33 lengths back in third place.
There was success for the Moore family in the two mile three furlong Novices’ Chase when 4-9 favourite Benatar justified his short price to win by nine lengths in the two mile three furlong novices’ chase, where just three runners went to the post.
Keeper Hill took second place for trainer Neil King with Trevor Whelan on board. The only other runner in the race, Gary Moore’s 40-1 shot Brittanio Bella , was out of the race at the first obstacle when unseating rider Andrew Glassonbury.
One winner which really impressed was the Warren Greatrex-trained 12-1 shot Sandhurst Lad in the Plumpton twinned with Pompadour handicap hurdle for amateur riders. Given a fine ride by amateur Adam Elias, he won by a short head from Rothman, trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by Miss G Andrews.
Oxfordshire trainer Lawney Hill rarely goes away from Plumpton empty handed and this meeting was no exception. Her ten-year-old mare, Miss Mayfair, ridden by Aidan Coleman, was prominent throughout in the three mile one furlong handicap hurdle over three miles one furlong, taking the lead three from home before going clear to win easily fom Linda Jewell’s Mab Dab.
Plumpton’s next meeting is on Monday December 4 when gates open at 11am and the first race is 12.40pm