PLUMPTON’S first jump meeting of the new season attracted a good crowd yesterday, which was rewarded by excellent weather, with local trainers Sheena West and Gary Moore among those sending out winners.
The opening hurdle race for four-year-olds upwards over two miles one furlong attracted six runners, with trainer Martin Keighley sending out the winner, Lord Condi. This chestnut gelding had the benefit of a run at Fontwell Park earlier this month when he finished in third place and should go on to win again. Runner up Ilewin Geez , trained by Charlie Mann and ridden by Harry Bannister went second in the final stages but could not catch the winner.
In the same race, local trainer Gary Moore was represented by jumping newcomer High Command ridden by Josh Moore, which is bound to benefit from the experience in which he was five lengths back in third place.
Ten runners turned out for the handicap hurdle over one mile seven furlongs when trainer Brendan Powell sent out four-year-old Phoenix Dawn to win under an impressive ride from son Brendan Powell Junior. The four-year-old gelding had previously only run on the Flat, and he put in a good performance here. There should be more to come.
Little Windmill impressed when winning the handicap chase over three miles one furlong in fine style for trainer Neil King. This eight-year-old gelding, which has now won three of his last four starts, was sent off at 5-2.
He amply justified that price when coming home a good seven lengths clear of runner-up More Than Luck trained by Olly Murphy.
Lewes trainer Sheena West has a good record at Plumpton, and this day was no exception, for she saddled up three-year-old bay filly, Sixties Secret to win in impressive style on her jumping debut with Mark Goldstein in the saddle. They went clear two from home to easily beat Malangen, trained by David Pipe and ridden by Tom Scudamore.
Seven pound claimer Rex Dingle impressed when partnering Ennistown to win the three and a quarter mile handicap hurdle under a well-judged ride. He took the lead approaching the last, with his mount, trained by Anthony Honeyball winning by five lengths from the Chris Gordon-trained Bugsie Malone, ridden by Tom Cannon.
The final handicap hurdle run over a distance of just under two miles was won by Hermosa Vaquera, a six-year-old mare trained at Horsham by Gary Moore and well ridden by Joshua Moore to win by three-quarters of a length from Brendan Powell’s Gannicus.
The next meeting at Plumpton is the Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre Raceday on Monday October 22.