The Anglo Irish Raceday at Plumpton on Monday this week was a good preliminary to the Cheltenham Festival, with some competitive races on the card. In addition a Cheltenham Preview panel was a big attraction, with some top racing personalities taking part.
These included local jockey Joshua Moore, Cheltenham winning trainer Jamie Snowden, Colin Brown, who was former jockey of Desert Orchid, as well as Sky Sports Racing commentator Tony Ennis, along with PR director for Coral, Simon Clare.
One of the highlights of the day was when Bryony Frost rode her 100th racing career winner, partnering Myplaceatmidnight for trainer Neil King in the Starsports.bet National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle Race. She led from the start and after the last was five lengths clear and held on under competition to win by three and a half lengths.
Winning jockey Bryony Frost with My Place At Midnight
Photo: Plumpton Racecourse
Trainer Seamus Mullins does well at Plumpton and saddled up Micquus to win the Novies Handicap Chase overtaking the long-time leader Champion Chase at the last and going on to win by a comfortable three and a half lengths.
Marc Goldstein, who has ridden many winners of his racing career at Plumpton, won the Handicap Hurdle of the day riding Steel Bob for trainer George Baker. This horse was sent off at 16-1 and put in a great performance, going on to win by three quarters of a length from Ballymagroaty Boy.
Steel Bob and Marc Goldstein on the way to victory on the right. Photo: Plumpton Racecourse
A local winner came when Lewes trainer Suzy Smith sent out Rosy World at 7-1 to win the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle over two and a half miles.
This was a notable victory since Rosy World is the offspring of Material World- a grand racing mare trained by Suzy and bred by her late father Robin, to gain some good victories on local tracks.
This offspring put in a sound performance under rider Ben Godfrey to win by a comfortable five lengths from 66-1 outsider Tsundoku, trained by Alexandra Dunn in second place, while the 3-1 favourite, Ruby Yeats, trained by Gary Moore, could finish only third.
Bath trainer Grant Cann teamed up with jockey Joshua Moore to win the Handicap Chase over three miles one furlong with French bred gelding Cadeau Du Bresil, beating 12-1 shot Dan’s Wee Man, trained in Gloucestershire by Jennifer Mason, into second place.
King Muro, blue and red stripes
The final race of the day- a handicap hurdle over two miles – saw King Muro win at 8-1 for trainer Michael Roberts under a good ride from Jeremiah McGrath. The winner beat 3-1 favourite Bolister, trained by Gary Moore and ridden by son Joshua by two and a half lengths.
The next meeting at Plumpton is on Monday March 18. Gates open at 12 noon, with the first race at 2.20pm and the last at 4.55pm.