Trainer Chris Gordon and jockey Tom Cannon were back in winning form at Plumpton’s latest meeting today, when they teamed up with six-year-old Baddesley Knight to take the opening race on the card.
The six-year-old was sent off at 1-2 favourite and justified the price by winning comfortably by more than three lengths from Colin Tizzard’s runner, Fly To Mars, with Charlie Longsden’s 12-1 shot Mach One, ridden by Johnathan Burke finished third
Trainer Paul Webber’s trip from Oxfordshire to Plumpton was made worthwhile when his runner Very Live, was a 7-1 winner of the two miles one furlong handicap chase, under a good ride from Gavin Sheehan , winning by just under three lengths from 12-1 shot Edgar, trained by David Bridgwater and ridden by 5lb claimer, Mitchell Bastyan.
Newmarket trainer Lucy Wadham, who has a good record with her horses over jumps, was in the winner’s spot when her seven-year-old gelding Potters Hedger was well ridden by Jack Quinlan, justifying as 5-2 favourite.
They finished eight lengths clear of David Pipe’s 3-1 shot Three Star General with Gary Moore’s Ruby Yeats, ridden by son Jamie, in third place.
Ulan Bute, an 11-year-old gelding trained by Venetia Williams, and ridden by Charlie Deutsch showed he can still win well by taking the Veterans’ Handicap Chase over three miles one furlong in good style, with good jump at the last ensuring victory.
Sussex trainer Suzy Smith, who is based at Lewes, enjoyed a good win in the two mile four furlong novice hurdle.
Her impressive runner, Debestyman, sent off at 7-4, and ridden by Gavin Sheehan, beat 13-8 favourite Manning Estate, ridden by Leighton Aspell and trained by Oliver Sherwood into second place- with Colin Tizzard’s 6-1 shot Coastal Drift into third place.
The final two mile handicap hurdle was won by 11-4 shot Generous Jack, trained by Suzy Best and ridden by Darryl Jacob, finishing eight lengths clear of the field.