Zuba was a good Plumpton winner for trainer Nick Gifford

Zuba put in a fine performance at Plumpton yesterday for Findon trainer Nick Gifford, when winning the maiden hurdle for The South Downs Partnership, under a good ride from jockey James Davies. He was sent off as 5-4 favourite in the race.

ZUB A, trained by Nick Gifford at Findon, was a striking winner at Plumpton

There is plenty to like about this horse, for he more than justified going off as favourite and ran well to win this race for owners The South Downs Partnership. There should be much more to come and he will be an interesting horse to follow.

Zuba should benefit from the experience and go on to show even more potential. It was a strongly run race and he won by a comfortable 1¼ lengths from 50-1 runner-up Irish-bred Taylors Three Rock, trained by Tony Carroll and ridden by 7lb claimer Jason Dixon.

Taylors Three Rock is another horse which should show good potential to continue to improve as he develops.


Meanwhile Plumpton has now said goodbye to popular long-time clerk of the course Mark Cornford, who retired on Sunday at the racecourse. Born in Plumpton village he had 41 years of full time service in that role when he retired on Sunday.

Mark Cornford- highly respected clerk of the course at Plumpton has now retired

He was born in Plumpton village and has always lived a stone’s throw from the jumps track. He first worked at the track with his father in the late 1960s before joining the groundstaff team permanently in 1980. He became clerk of the course in 2004 and continued in that role until Sunday. He was given a guard of honour to mark his dedication to Plumpton racecourse and will be replaced by Marcus Waters.

“I’m feeling alright about it,” he said. “I’m a local man and I love the family-type atmosphere you get at Plumpton.This has been something I’d been planning with the director.

Following the Government’s announcements on Monday February 22 2021, it was confirmed that no crowds would be allowed to return to outdoor sports venues until at the earliest Monday May 17..

Unfortunately Plumpton’s last fixture of the 2020/21 season is Sunday May 9, which means we will not see a crowd at any of its remaining 2020/21 fixtures.

“This is very disappointing news and we are sorry for any inconvenience caused, but also thank you for your patience and support. We very much hope to open with a great raceday on Sunday 19th September 2021 and we will send out details in due course. If you wanted to enquire about any restaurant or hospitality packages you had provisionally booked or you traditionally have in the Autumn/Winter, please do get in touch with Molly Taylor – molly@plumptonracecourse.co.uk.

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