PLENTY of competitive jump racing rewarded a good crowd at Plumpton yesterday, when there were seven races on the card and the ground was soft, and heavy in places.
The opening maiden hurdle saw an excellent win for Suzy Smith’s Lewes stable,with Oscarsman winning in determined style under a good ride from Micheal Nolan. It was an impressive performance and this five-year-old won at 11-1, beating 5-6 favourite Bean In Trouble, trained by Jonjo O’ Neill and ridden by Jonjo O’ Neill junior.
The winner should continue to progress, for Oscarsman jumped well throughout the race and put in a strong finish to win.
The Novices Chase, run over two miles and 214 yards, was won by an impressive three-year-old, Lisp. Trained by Alan King and ridden by Thomas Bellamy, the 2/13 favourite justified his price, taking the lead four out and going on to win by a margin of 19 lengths from Flaminger, trained by Gary Moore and ridden by Leighton Aspell. Back in third, sent off at 4-1 and beaten by 30 lengths overall, was De Plotting Shed, trained by Suzi Best and ridden by Jamie Moore.
Four runners were pulled up in the nine-runner field which contested the Tysers Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) over three miles 207 yards.
Miss Tynte, a seven-year-old trained by David Pipe and ridden by Tom Scudamore stayed on well to win by over three lengths from The Wicket Chicken, a 10-1 shot, trained by Neil Mullholland and ridden by 7lb claimer Miss Millie Wonnacott. The consistent Ding Ding, trained by Sheena West and ridden by Marc Goldstein was four lengths behind in third place.
Sullington based trainer Richard Rowe saddled up a good 16-1 winner when Tzar De L’Elfe, a nine-year-old gelding, owned by Lord Clinton and Captain Adrian Pratt won the Tysers Handicap Chase over three miles one furlong. It was a fine performance with James Davies getting up by a nose to win from 7-2 favourite Tractor Fred.
Another impressive winner on the day was when Adicci, 11-8 favourite, won the IEP Financial Novices Hurdle over two miles for trainer Jonjo O’ Neill , ridden by Jonjo O’ Neill junior by a neck.