PLUMPTON’S new jump racing season got underway in style this week with trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Harry Cobden teaming up in the opening Maiden Hurdle race for a victory from promising French-bred Calva D’Auge.
The same winning trainer/jockey combination went on score a double, with 13-2 shot Dan McGrue in the two mile four furlong handicap hurdle later on the card
In treble form was jockey Nick Scholfield, who notched up three impressive winners in fine style, all for different trainers.
He said after the race: ” I can’t remember my last treble – but it is the first of the season, so it is all good. Paul Henderson, Jack Barber and Jeremy Scott are all good trainers to ride for- and I know the horses well, which was a great help.”
His first victory came in the Novice Handicap Chase over three miles one furlong for trainer Paul Henderson, with Crossley Tender at 12-1. The second was in the two mile three furlong handicap chase on board Shintori, trained by Jack Barber, and his final winner of the trio was on board Two Sams, trained by Jeremy Scott in the final handicap hurdle.
The Mares Novice Hurdle Race went to Penny Mallow, trained by Venetia Williams and well ridden to victory by Daryl Jacob. They finished three lengths clear of runner-up Outonpatrol. a 16-1 shot trained by Alan King and ridden by A P Heskin.
Plumpton’s next meeting is a Sky Sports November Raceday on Monday November 18, when plenty of competitive jump racing will be on the card at this popular Sussex National Hunt track.