Competitive racing at Plumpton

Competitive racing at Plumpton’s latest jump meeting this week saw some favourites overturned, including odds-on Colloney in the opening novice hurdle over two miles.

Trained by Olly Murphy, owned by JP McManus,  and ridden by Barry Geraghty the four-year-old, which had previously won a National Hunt flat race,  was beaten by Neil King’s Brandon Castle, with Bryony Frost riding.

Trainer Neil King was in winning form
Photo: John Simpson

The latter, a six-year-old had plenty of racing experience to his credit, with six wins and ten places on the Flat and all weather. He won well and should continue to progress.

There was compensation for Barry Geraghty in the Novices Chase over three miles one furlong, for he partnered 2-9 favourite O K Corral to a two length victory over Neil Mullholland’s 3-1 shot Impulsive Star,

Previous Plumpton winner The Tin Miner, which won so well last time at the track for trainer David Bridgwater when beating Clondaw Bisto in the 3m1½f chase, found one too good at this latest Plumpton meeting.

This time the seven-year-old Presenting gelding was beaten by six lengths over the same distance by French-bred I See You Well, trained by Seamus Mullins with conditional jockey Daniel Samson in the saddle.

Winner See You Well with trainer Seamus Mullins and jockey Daniel Samson. Photo courtesy of Plumpton Racecourse

The combination of trainer  Chris Gordon and jockey Tom Cannon rarely go away from a jump meeting empty-handed and this raceday was no exception. They won the handicap hurdle over two miles with 5-2 favourite Seaweed by a comfortable five lengths.
Jockey Wayne Hutchinson and trainer Alan King teamed up for the most certain victory of the day when Mr Pumblechook won the maiden hurdle as 1-6 favourite by an easy 10 lengths.
Trainer Jack Barber and jockey Nick Scholfield also impressed when 100/30 Shintory overturned favourite Chivers ( Gary and Jamie Moore) in the two mile three furlong handicap chase.
Iskara Lady, trained  by Harry Fry with Noel Fehily riding was an easy winner of the National Hunt Flat Race.
Plumpton Racecourse  will be staging the Sussex National Meeting on Sunday January 6 when gates open at 10.40 and the first race is 12.40
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