Crowds to return to Plumpton Racecourse

PLUMPTON Racecourse has issued an announcement following the Government’s decision on November 23, that racegoers can return to Plumpton race meetings,

Plumpton Racourse issued an announcement to members today saying:”We hope you are well and excited by the news yesterday of the return of crowds to sports stadiums – we certainly are!

“It certainly feels like some light at the end of the tunnel and so we will do all we can to get people back safely and quickly, with members at the top of the list.

“As yet, we have not seen the finer details of what the return will entail in terms of rules and procedures, and the racecourse will have to operate differently to normal as there are sure to be guidelines we have to adhere to and a limit on attendance.

“We will of course be in touch as soon as possible with regards to the site plan and what will be required to attend.”

“On that note, we also understand if people do not want to attend just yet and may choose to wait until a vaccine is available or just until they feel more comfortable.

“If you did not want to return immediately on December 7 or until 2021, please do let us know and we can certainly roll this on for you. We really appreciate your support throughout the crisis and we’ll make sure we get you back as soon as possible, but also when you are ready too as well.”

Pyecombe Horse Show dates for 2021

ONE of the most popular horse show venues on the Sussex equestrian calendar is Brendon at Pyecombe, which caters for all levels of riders in a top class series of shows each season.

The year 2021 will be no exception- with show dates released for a four-day Spring Show in April, from Thursday April 22 to Sunday April 25- followed by a Round Show on May 2, and a Young Horse Show from Thursday July 1 to Sunday July 4.

A Championship and Derby Show follows from Thursday August 5 to Sunday August 8. One day shows and Junior shows will run from February to October 2021. For more details see below or contact

Impressive arena facilities at Brendon

Plumpton features racing behind closed doors today

Another week in lockdown, another behind closed doors raceday to run, which Plumpton racecourse hopes enthusiasts can you can all enjoy from afar.

Plenty of competitive action as always at Plumpton

This popular track had 40mm of rain overnight and a precautionary 8am inspection went ahead with the going unsurprisingly heavy, soft in places and racing goes ahead today with the first race at 12.45pm, all live on @SkySportsRacing

With regards to the day itself, Plumpton Racecourse reminds everyone you can watch on your app’s and/or Sky Channel 415 and attached is the racecard as a PDF or an online link .

In the meantime keep safe, keep well and Plumpton will keep you updated on any developments about the return of crowds as soon as possible.

Runners and form for the first four races on Monday November 16 2020 are below.s.

Race 1 12.45 2½m114y Happy 27th Birthday Alex Hinds Novices’ Hurdle (4)
1 Soldiers Hill (IRE) 5 11-5 127 :b.g Mustameet (USA) – Hot Oscar (IRE)- trainer Olly Murphy, jockey Aidan Coleman Form: 448-6186P cheekpieces and tongue strap.
2 Bit of A Legend 6 10-12 – b.g Midnight Legend – Kitty Wong (IRE) trainer Cynthia Woods , jockey Max Kendrick (3).
3 Greenrock Abbey (IRE) 4 10-12 – ch.g El Salvador (IRE) – Aos Dana (IRE) trainer Alan King, jockeyTom Bellamy. 4 Iconic Flight 5 10-12 – b.g Sixties Icon – Sabreflight trainer Linda Jewell, jockey Dave Crosse. 5 Le Fou Royal (FR) 9 10-12 – b.g Le Fou (IRE) – Kalon Ced’a (FR)- trainer Chris Gordon , jockey, David Noonan Form: 8/5 tongue strap.
6 Pride of Pemberley (IRE) 8 10-12 – ch.g Flemensfirth (USA) – On Galley Head (IRE)
trainer Nigel Dunger, jockey Rex Dingle (3), Form: 8,
7 Bunny Boru 6 10-5 – b.m Brian Boru – Home By Midnight: tongue strap
8 Glencoum Lass (IRE) 6 10-5 – b.m Court Cave (IRE) – Clare Belle (IRE) trainer,
Toby Lawes, jockey Tom O’Brien Form: P-8
9 Old Times (IRE) 5 10-5 – b.m Doyen (IRE) – La Belle Bleu (IRE)
Trainer Toby Lawes, jockey Brendan Powell
Form: 0.
Race 2 1.20 2m3f164y
“Betting.Bet” Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (3)
1 Black Kalanisi (IRE) 7 11-8 127 b.g Kalanisi (IRE) – Blackthorne Winter (IRE)
Joseph Tuite Daryl Jacob,Form: 2112/5-U3;
2 Smith’s Bay 7 11-4 123 b.g Midnight Legend – Takotna (IRE) \trainer Alan King, jockey Tom Bellamy, Form: 65/1227-
3 Francky Du Berlais (FR) 7 11-3 122, b.g Saint Des Saints (FR) – Legende Du Luy (FR)
Trainer Peter Bowen, Jockey Sean Bowen Form: 435327-12 tongue strap
4 Elisezmoi (FR) 6 10-6 111gr.g Lord Du Sud (FR) – Diva De La Borie (FR)
Trainer Gary Moore ,Jockey Jamie Moore
Form: 2510U/2PRace 3 1.50 1m7f195y
Sky Sports Racing On Virgin 535 Selling Handicap Hurdle
1 Jumping Jack (IRE) 6 12-2 102, b.g Sir Prancealot (IRE) – She’s A Character
Paddy Butler, Miss Harriet Tucker (7) Form: U22174/6-0; 2,fficer Drivel (IRE) 9 11-12 98 b.g Captain Rio – Spiritville (IRE) Trainer Suzi Best Jockey Daryl Jacob Form: 826
3 Clearly Capable (IRE) 11 11-9 95, b.g Bienamado (USA) – Spout Road (IRE) Trainer Tony Carroll, jockey Lee Edwards Form: 233144-6;4 Honorable (FR) 5 11-2 88, b.g Lawman (FR) – Petite Noblesse (FR), trainer Gary Moore, jockey, Jamie Moore. Form: 750/40-706 visor.5 River Dart (IRE) 8 11-1 87, ch.g Dutch Art – Sky Galaxy (USA) Tony Carroll Max Kendrick (3)Form: P/83-96 cheekpieces; 6 Sandycove Island (IRE) 10 10-13 85
b.g Lahib (USA) – Twilight Breeze (IRE)Phil York Mr Philip York (3). Form: 7865P5/30-7 Flanagans Field (IRE) 12 10-11 83b.g Araafa (IRE) – Zvezda (USA),Bernard Llewellyn Jordan Williams (7);Form: 2073314-4 blinkers.
8 Her Dream (IRE) 8 10-6 78, b.m Yeats (IRE) – High Benefit (IRE), trainer Olly Murphy, jockey Mr Luke Scott (7) Form: 0P/9 tongue strap. 9 Shadow’s Girl 8 10-5 77 gr.m Fair Mix (IRE) – Special Beat Trainer Bernard Llewellyn, jockey Charlie Price (5) Form: 15726-457 cheekpieces. 10 Wahwonaisa 8 10-5 77 b.g Kalanisi (IRE) – Clandestine
David Bridgwater Brendan Powell, Form: 36/96 blinkers. 11 Devious Dicks Dame 5 10-2 74
b.m Dick Turpin (IRE) – Bridal White Trainer Zoe Davison, jockey James Davies.
Form: 99P4/08P-8 hood; 12 Annieareyouok 5 10-1 73 br.m Passing Glance – Ellerslie Jackie
Max Young Jason Dixon (7) Form: P40; 13 Chance It (IRE) 10 10-1 73, b.g Tajraasi (USA) – Lafanta (IRE); trainer Johnny Farrelly, jockey Alain Cawley. Form: 41U0-3544 visor and tongue strap.
Race 4 2.20 2m214y Stonegate Homes 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Handicap Chase 1 Le Coeur Net (FR) 8 11-9 115 ch.g Network (GER) – Silverwood (FR)
Trainer Anthony Honeyball, jockey Ben Godfrey (7) Form: 52/3221UP- cheekpieces and tongue strap’ 2 Wenceslaus (GER) 8 11-8 114 b.g Tiger Hill (IRE) – Warrior Czarina (USA)
Trainer David Bridgwater, jockey Brendan Powell Form: 312114-26 cheekpieces;
3 Court Duty (IRE) 8 11-8 114 b.g Court Cave (IRE) – Easter Duties (IRE), trainer, John Flint Jockey Richard Johnson. Form: 11F3-0561 tongue strap. 4 Darling Alko (FR) 7 11-6 112
b.g Al Namix (FR) – Padalko Tatou (FR), Trainer Toby Bulgin, jockey Max Kendrick (3lb claimer).Form: 08/474123-5. 8, Bad Boy Du Pouldu (FR) 9 11-4 110 b.g Loup Solitaire (USA) – Wild Flush (USA) Trainer Gary Moore, jockey Niall Houlihan (7) Form: 8U4-212 tongue strap. 6 Robin Des Mana (IRE) 9 11-0 106 br.g Robin Des Pres (FR) – Kokopelli Mana (IRE) Trainer Phil York, rider Mr Philip York (3)
Form: 6665154-6

Jump Racing was back at Fontwell Park yesterday behind closed doors

It was good to have jump racing back at Fontwell Park yesterday, opening with a competitive Novices Hurdle over two miles one furlong,albeit behind closed doors.

The race was won by trainer Colin Tizzard, who sent out French-bred Furkash at 11-2 to win the race under a good ride from jockey Jonjo O’Neill Junior. This horse ran well, and held off a challenge for the lead two out, taking over with a well-time challenge aat the last to beat Lord Baddesley, 10-11 favourite, trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by Joahua Moore.

Trainer Linda Jewell gained third place with Iconic Flight, ridden by Dave Crosse at 400-1. Favourite Lord Accord, trained by Neil Mulholland and ridden by Brendan Powell came to grief at the 4th, when blundering and unseating his rider.

There was a popular local victory in the John Rogerson Memorial Novices Handicap Chase over two miles five furlongs when 10-3 shot Mister Murchan scored a good win for local trainer Richard Rowe, who is based at Sullington. Brendan Powell Jr gave the horse an excellent ride.

Highly competitive jump racing at Fontwell Park Phoro: Jeannie Knight

Colic Awareness Week success

The British Horse Society and the University of Nottingham received a great response to their recent Colic Awareness Week campaign.

The British Horse Society (BHS) and the University of Nottingham’s Colic Awareness Week was well received by the equine community. Online resources, such as webinars and an equine care and emergency plan, remain live for concerned owners who have not yet had the chance to view them or download the plan.

Colic signs in a horse Photo courtesy of Equi Search

The BHS and University of Nottingham strongly advise all owners to create a detailed plan of how to deal with an emergency before the situation arises. When time is of the essence, as is the case in many incidents of colic, having a plan in place and thinking REACT (restless or agitated, eating less or droppings reduced, abdominal pain, clinical changes, tired or lethargic) can make the difference to improving the chances of a successful outcome for the horse.

The care plan, which is still available on the BHS website, has been downloaded over 1,500 times. BHS also shared ten free webinars presented by the colic team members from the University of Nottingham, on BHS social media giving owners an insight into a wide range of colic-related issues, which are available to view on the BHS Facebook Video page: These were also extremely popular, with almost three thousand people engaging with them.

Emmeline Hannelly, Welfare Education Manager at The British Horse Society said: “The response that we have had to Colic Awareness Week has been outstanding. Those horse owners who have #PledgetoREACT have taken an important step to have a plan in place should the worst happen to their horse. By using these resources, as well as thinking REACT, you can help protect the welfare of your horse. The resources are all freely available from our website and BHS social media platforms.”

Alistair Love, BVSc Cert AVP (EP) MRCVS said, “Clevedale Veterinary Practice was delighted to support Colic Awareness Week and got involved promoting the care plan to our clients. As a Vet REACT Colic Champion practice, it’s great to be part of this initiative and help owners be prepared for a worst-case scenario’.

Dr Katie Lightfoot, BSc (Hons) PhD AFHEA at the University of Nottingham said: “’The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science were delighted to have collaborated once again with the fantastic team at The British Horse Society for a successful Colic Awareness Week. It is essential to us that research is shared with owners to help improve the health and welfare of horses. Colic has a big impact on horses and their owners and remains a key focus for our research group. We are really pleased to see once again all the engagement and involvement of our champion vet practices, horse owners and groups across the sector who help make this a truly collaborative initiative.’

Competitive Plumpton racing behind closed doors

Plumpton was back in the limelight when racing took place behind closed doors again today, November 2. Some competitive racing made the day worthwhile and nine runners went to the start for the opening Mares Maiden Hurdle over two miles.

Top jump racing action at Plumpton Photo: Jeannie Knight

There was a good win in the maiden race for 4-2 shot Peace Prevails, trained by Jim Boyle and ridden by Robert Dunne. But Findon trainer Nick Gifford sent out five-year-old bay mare Jungle Prose to claim runner-up spot in impressive style under James Davies, beaten by only three quarters of a length. A horse to watch for the future.

Trainer Nick Gifford’s mare Jungle Prose impressed in maiden race

Favourite in this race, Midnight Callisto, trained by Anthony Honeyball finished third under Aidan Coleman.

The formidable combination of trainer Chris Gordon and jockey Tom Cannon won the following Novice Hurdle Race with 3-1 shot Blame the Game, which relegated 4-6 favourite Linelee King, trained by Olly Murphy into second place, ridden by Aiden Coleman. There were a few non runners in this race claiming unsuitable ground.

But the Novice Handicap Chase over three miles one furlong; attracted a competitive field. with seven-year-old Aughnacurra King, trained by D J Jeffreys, sent off at 16-5, winning the race under a good ride from Thomas Bellamy. In runner up spot was 13-2 shot Collingwood Court, with third place going to Moroval, at 12-1.

The handicap hurdle over two miles five furlongs went to Amour de Nuit, trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Harry Cobden. This horse, which touched 13-2 , had plenty in hand and kept on well in the run in to beat the Colin Tizzard trained Buckhorn George by three quarters of a length, with Vive Le Roi ridden by Harry Bannister for trainer A W Carroll in third.

The  Handicap Chase over  2m 3f  was won impressively by Un Beau Roman, trained by Paul Henderson and ridden by Nick Scholfield , sent off at 18-1. One to watch for the future.