PLUMPTON racecourse not only attracted a good crowd yesterday, but racegoers had the opportunity to see a top class performance from top French hurdler, Master Dino, when he won the two mile three furlongs novice chase in fine style under Daryl Jacob.
The four-year-old, trained by Guillaume Macaire at Les Mathes, France, was last year’s French champion four-year-old hurdler. He has switched to fences in winning style, and was sent off at 6-1.
The race, over 2m3½f was part of Plumpton’s bonus scheme, and attracted a classy field, including Colin Tizzard’s Slate House, impressive Newbury winner, Knocknanuss, Glenloe – Gordon Elliott’s first runner at Plumpton, and Slate House sent out by Colin Tizzard.
Gary Moore’s Knockanuss was second, seven lengths further back at 9-4, with Alan King’s Good Man Pat another seven lengths behind in third under Wayne Hutchinson.
Master Dino is now eligible for a £60,000 bonus if he can win a chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March. His next target is likely to be the Scilly Isles Chase at Sandown.
French bred Duc Kauto, a runner in the two and a half mile chase for trainer Colin Tizzard, ridden by Harry Cobden, impressed with the way he kept on under pressure in the closing stages. The six-year-old beat Gary Moore’s Zante, with Neil King’s Leeside Lady in third.
The opening Novice Hurdle race was won by 10-11 favourite Brandon King, trained by Neil King and ridden by in-form Bryony Frost. The winner finished seven lengths clear of Knockanuss, sent off at 7-1, trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by Tom Cannon. Alan King’s Good Man Pat was third, ridden by Wayne Hutchinson.
The feature race- the Sussex National- went to 11-8 favourite The Two Amigos, a dual winner over fences earlier this year for Somerset trainer Nicky Martin. Nicky had been concerned that drying ground might not be in her runner’s favour, but the seven-year-old gelding did her proud.
Under a good ride from Matt Griffiths , he came home clear of runner-up Calin Du Brizais, trained by Colin Hawke, ridden by Tom Cannon. Third place was filled by the Peter Bowen-trained Pearl Swan, ridden by Sean Bowen, 21 lengths further back.
The Alan King-trained Good Man Pat stayed on well to take third under Wayne Hutchinson on his first start over fences, seven lengths adrift of runner-up Knocknanuss.
Slate House came home fourth, ahead of JP McManus-owned pair of Glenloe, who had plenty to do when blundering away any chance at the 11th on his chasing debut, and 33-1 outsider of the six Onefortheroadtom, who brought up the rear.
Support Plumpton’s first Wednesday fixture of 2019 on January 16 for the Timeform Raceday, a proper national hunt fixture.
After all the excitement over the festive period, there is quality midweek action at Plumpton with some good racing, featuring the class 3 Handicap Chase worth over £11k for 10 year olds and above.
Two novice hurdle races and some old favourites will be alongside some stars of the future like Dawson City- a Plumpton winner in 2015 before taking the Devon National in February 2018.
Gates Open – 11:30
First Race – 13:30
Last Race – 16:10
.Plumpton now has the newly increased size of the Southdown Bar and with a new café area (serving hot and cold foods, as well as bean to cup coffee), new bar and extra seating – no matter the weather you can enjoy a fantastic day with us. There are plenty of other food and bar outlets as well as our fantastic catering vans with hog roast, burgers and noodles all available to keep you warm and enjoy your day.
Tickets are available from just £13 per person and this is a day you can get up close and see all the action as it unfolds perfectly.