Plumpton races escaped the wintry weather yesterday and completed its schedule fixture of seven races, which included a Mares Open standard National Hunt flat race at the end of the card.
That particular race saw six-year-old bay mare Queens Magic win the event for trainer Neil Mullholland with Noel Fehily in the saddle. The six-year-old was having her first race under Rules and won by a comfortable six lengths.
The opening Maiden Hurdle Race went to The Premier Celtic, a five-year-old gelding trained by Pat Phelan. This was his third run in hurdle races and he beat 11-8 favourite Royal Ruby, trained by Nicky Henderson.
The two mile three furlong novices chase had attracted just four runners and here, Holbrook Park trained by Neil King, justified his 1-2 favourite ranking by coming home 47 lengths clear of Ticket To Ride, trained by Polly Gundry.
There was a popular local winner when Sixties Idol rewarded trainer Sheena West in the Mares Handicap Hurdle by winning the mares’ handicap hurdle under a good ride from jockey Mark Goldstein. The victory came at the expense of 3-1 shot Shromore Lass trained by Henry Oliver.
Horsham trainer Gary Moore was back in winning form with six-year-old chestnut gelding Not Never justified 5-4 favoritism to score his third win over hurdles under Jamie Moore by 16 lengths from the Chris Gordon trained 8-1 shot Jumping Jack.
The amateur riders’ handicap chase had just three runners, and Lewes trainer Suzy Smith seemed certain to win the race the three miles one furlong race when her runner, Invicta Lake was seven lengths clear in the closing under Mr Alex Ferguson.
But the 11-year-old made a mistake three out and unseated his rider, leaving 5-6 favourite Greyed A , trained by Dr Richard Newland and ridden by Mr James King to go on and win by 33 lengths from Little Windmill.
Brightling trainer Diana Grissell was back in the winner’s spot when six-year-old Mickieblueyes won the handicap hurdle by four lengths from Chris Gordon’s 16-1 shot Fizzlestick. The winner impressed under a good ride from Jack Sherwood and the runner-up made an impressive hurdling debut, having previously run in point to points.
Plumpton’s next meeting is an Anglo Irish Raceday on March 12 with the first race at 2.10pm.