Plumpton Racecourse is hosting its first Bob Champion Cancer Trust Raceday on Monday October 21, when it is hoped to raise significant funds for this worthy charity.
The day will feature pony racing before racing proper begins, giving up and coming young riders the opportunity of competing at this popular track before the main race card begins.
The Bob Champion Cancer Trust supports and raises funds for the Bob Champion Cancer Research Laboratory. This forms part of the largest male dedicated research facility in Europe, situated at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton, Surrey and for the research team at the Bob Champion Research and Education Building at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, Norfolk.
The National Hunt season is in full swing now and some of good novices are appearing on the track with four of Plumpton’s seven races of the day ready for this future talent.
Over the years, Plumpton had seen the emergence of talented National Hunt horses at this popular track, which have later gone on to great success.
Back in October 2017, Highway One O’ One, trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by Tom Cannon. won the maiden hurdle that starts the card and has since gone on to win nearly £100k in prize money for owner M Anthony Ward-Thomas.
This year, the feature race on the day is novices’ limited handicap chase for horses rated up to 135, and won by some good types in the past, including Seventh Sky in 2014, before winning over £150k prize money throughout his career.
Expect some competitive jumps racing at this meeting and the chance to see horses at close quarters in paddock, before and after racing. Gates open at 12 noon and the first race is at 2,10pm and the last at 5.10pm.