Racing took place at Plumpton’s popular jump course on Sunday when the opening Sky 415 Novices Hurdle attracted nine runners and produced a competitive race.
But it turned out to be a particularly poignant raceday because popular UK trainer Zoe Davison, who had a double at the meeting, was in hospital . She sadly died shortly after her stable’s winning double at the track, where her stable staff prepared Brown Bullet and Mr Jack to win over jumps.
The winner, Brown Bullet, trained by Zoe Davison and ridden by James Best, was impressive, having been held up in the rear for most of the race, but made good headway in the final stages. Brown Bullet took the lead after jumping the penultimate fence, and despite going left was in charge during the final 110 yards to win.
Zoe Davison also sent out the winner of the third race, a handicap hurdle over one mile and seven furlongs, when Mr Jack, ridden by James Davies beat Bard of Brittany ( Sheena West and James Best) by three quarters of a length,
Runner up was Bay of Intrigue, trained by John O’Shea and ridden by Jeremiah McGrath. His chances of claiming victory were hit by hanging left and not being able to rally in the final 100 yards. In third place was Whataboutwalt, trained by Ella Pickard and ridden by David Noonan, who put in a good performance but could find no extra in the final 100 yards.
In second place was 4-1 favourite Special Acceptance, trained by Paul Webber and well ridden by Tom O’Brien to take second lace, two lengths behind the winner. A further length back in third place was Benevolent Dictator at 9-2, ridden by Jamie Moore and trained by Gary Moore.
But there was compensation for the Moore family when they sent out High Up In The Air, 11-8 favourite, ridden by Jamie and trained by his father Gary, to win the Handicap Chase over two miles three furlongs from Oxwich Bay, trained by Evan Williams and ridden by Adam Wedge. Further back in third was Rostello, trained by Dr Richard Newland and ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies.