Racegoers were rewarded with good jump racing at Plumpton’s opening meeting of the new season yesterday when the Core Spreads Family Raceday was a good day out for the all the family, with activities and entertainment throughout.
It proved to be a memorable day of racing with more than £80,000 on offer in prize money, including two races worth £20,000 each. The feature race was the 0-140 handicap hurdle over three miles.
This season starts out at Plumpton with a new leading trainer- Chris Gordon. He ended Gary Moore’s long reign in the Jeffrey Peate Trainers’ Challenge with a double on the final day of the 2018-19 season. This season leaves everything to play for again between the duo.
Also, jockey Tom Cannon, who regularly rides for trainer Chris Gordon, ended last season as leading jockey and the duo were back in form on this opening day with Mount Windsor, which won the bumper race of the opening day.
Gary Moore started out the new season with a good win when he sent out Zamperini to win the Maiden Hurdle, ridden by Josh Moore. This horse had been running well on the Flat and was a good winner of this two mile hurdle race.
Friends & Family Remembering Norman Sharpe Handicap Hurdle was another competitive race as Plumpton’s new season got underway.
Jonjo O’Neill’s charge, Young Wolf, a full-brother to the ill-fated Neon Wolf, who looked a horse of such promise, made all under Jonjo O’Neill Jr. He overcame mistakes and impressed when gaining a winning position on the run in from top-weight Sizing Granite.
Jockey Rex Dingle was also in good form, partnering Ramore Will to victory in the Mayfield Sussex Hop Gin Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.
Dan Skelton followed up his Easter Sunday double at Plumpton with another victory when Istimar, was an easy winner of the Julie Brown Memorial Handicap Hurdle under Bridget Andrews, winning by an easy nine lengths.
Goodthyneaway gave Bridget Andrews a double when winning the Backyard Coffee Handicap Chase, overtaking Well Smitten from the home turn and going clear for victory.
Bryony Frost has enjoyed a tremendous run at Plumpton this season with Brandon Castle, and made her only ride of the day a winning one on Riddlestown in the Brewers Decorator Centre Cup Handicap Chase. Caroline Fryer’s veteran responded well to the fitting of a visor and was a good winner.
Chill In The Wood made a successful return from ten months off after a breathing operation in the Andrew “Super Wack” Jackson Memorial Handicap Chase. Success looked unlikely for the Dominic Ffrench Davis-trained mare as she was held in third turning for home, but her stamina kicked in and she swooped past her fading rivals under Mark Grant.
Alanjou made a successful debut under Connor Brace for Barry Brennan in the Happy 30th Birthday Timothy Mellett Handicap Hurdle, ending a long losing run.
The next meeting at Plumpton is not to be missed. It is the BOB CHAMPION CANCER TRUST CHARITY RACEDAY, which takes place on Monday October 21. Gates open at 12 noon, with the first race at 2.10pm and the last at 5.10pm.