Good racing at Plumpton yesterday

PLUMPTON racegoers were rewarded by competitive jump racing yesterday afternoon, when a good crowd turned out for this popular raceday.

Plumpton offers top class jump racing
Photo: Jeannie Knight

The opening Novices Hurdle over two and a half miles had a popular winner, when trainer Chris Gordon sent out 2-1 joint favourite Go Whatever, ridden by Tom Cannon, to win comfortably by six lengths from runner up Fort Dennison.
Runner-up Fort Dennison trained by Tim Vaughan, with Alan Johns in the saddle,  had made the trip from Glamorgan for this race and ran well- while a stablemate secured a good victory later in the card.
Third place was claimed by the Gary Moore-trained Quloob, owned by Heart Of The South Racing.This five-year-old gelding, ridden by Jamie Moore finished five lengths adrift of the runner-up, but will come on for the experience.
Somerset trainer Jeremy Scott enjoyed a  when victory he saddled up six-year-old Champagne Court, 4-5 favourite, ridden by Nick Scholfield, to take the Novices’ Limited Handicap over two miles three furlongs.

Jockey Nick Scholfield with winner Champagne Court        Photo courtesy of Plumpton Racecourse

He got the better of Diable De Divola, trained by Gary Moore and ridden by son Joshua, which was unable to make ground on the winner from two out, but kept on for second place. In third spot was 9-2 second favourite, Mercy Mercy Me, trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Harry Cobden.
The selling handicap hurdle attracted ten runners, but the field was decimated when two were pulled up and a third fell. But trainer Bernard Llewellyn of Bargoed, Wales, made the journey to  Plumpton pay off when he saddled up Flanagans Field to win this race.
The 11-year-old gelding, owned by the trainer, was well ridden by 5lb claimer Charlie Price.
Amateur rider Brodie Hampson rode a winner for Upper Lambourn trainer Archie Watson on  board French-bred Juge et Parti in the Amateur Riders Handicap Hurdle.
This was their second win on the trot with this horse, which impressed and handled the track well. The combination should go on to more successes .

Brodie Hampson with Juge et Parti trained at Lambourn by Archie Watts                                     Photo courtesy of Plumpton Racecourse

There was a good performance from Dunhallow Lad, trained in Somerset by Alan Jones and well-ridden by Tom O’ Brien to take the two miles three furlongs handicap chase. The seven -year-old gelding, owned by Burnham P&D Ltd stayed on well to win and there should be more to come.

Sussex-based trained Gary Moore secured a decent victory when he sent out seven-year-old Cheque En Blanc at 9-4, ridden by son Jamie, to win the three and a half mile chase in good style.  Fences are clearly the future for this horse.

Final race winner, Timely Gift, trained by Tim Vaughan with jockey Alan Johns and connections. Photo courtesy of Plumpton Racecourse.

The final race of the day, a three mile handicap hurdle, saw the trip from Glamorgan pay off for trainer Tim Vaughan. He sent out Timely Gift at 7-2, ridden by Alan Johns to win the last race- a three mile handicap hurdle- in good style. More victories should follow.

Plumpton’s next meeting is on Monday December 2, with a Festive Fun Raceday.



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