Plumpton racing resumes on December 13.

Plumpton is currently in the middle of a short fixture break. with its next raceday not until December 13, and our team are hard at work preparing the facilities for the Festive period.

A spokesman for plumpton said: “We have three fixtures in 20 days, so there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy a day at the races over the Xmas holidays. The last of those fixtures will play host to the 2022 edition of the Sky Sports Racing Sussex National, which always generates a competitive field and a great atmosphere.

“Like all of our other feature races last year, we didn’t have the added buzz of the Plumpton faithful cheering the winner home and we can’t wait for the ‘normal’ roars to return on January 2.

“Talking of normal, we are delighted that the Sussex National will return to its full prize-money level this season. Due to the pandemic, we had to significantly cut the funds for last maximum prize-money level for a Class 3 Handicap Steeplechase.

“Later in the season our Easter feature contests – the Sussex Champion Chase and Sussex Champion Hurdle – are also returning to their pre-pandemic prize-money pots, with £50k up for grabs in each contest.

“Back to the Sussex National though and preparations are already underway on the track to provide the optimum conditions for the maximum field size of 18. The 3m4½f is a proper test for the horses – who have to jump 20 fences in the process – and the Oliver Sherwood-trained Seaston Spirit put in a game performance to take out the 2021 edition under Aidan Coleman. For more on the history of the Sussex National, visit our event page by clicking here

“We hope you can join us for this season’s renewal, with tickets available in advance for £20 and £17 for groups of 10 or more. 


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Plumpton Form Update
Now four meetings into our 2021/22 season, we take a look at some of our winners from previous racedays and see how they have fared since.
Glory And Fortune
Those who came to our first meeting of the season on September 19th may remember the Tom Lacey-trained Glory And Fortune (pictured above) running out an impressive four-and-three-quarter-length winner of the feature Class 3 Handicap Hurdle. He followed that up by landing the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las, winning £26,000 in the process, before taking his chance in the Grade 3 Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham. Sent off at 14/1, Glory And Fortune ran a solid race in finishing 6th, beaten 10 lengths by the winner West Cork. He is set to appear next in the 1.50 at Newbury on Saturday.
Impulsive One
Another to impress on our opening fixture of the season was three-year-old Impulsive One, who brushed aside his rivals in the Juvenile Hurdle to win by 12 lengths for Nicky Henderson. He put in a similar performance at Huntingdon next time, winning by 10 lengths, before finished second to Knight Salute at Kempton. Despite losing his unbeaten tag over hurdles that day, he looks one to keep an eye on in the juvenile division this season. 
Up The Straight
Sussex trainer Richard Rowe has a smart horse in Up The Straight, who landed the Class 3 Novices’ Chase on the Bob Champion Cancer Trust Raceday last month. He picked up some black type last season when finishing runner-up in a Listed contest at Sandown and impressed on his seasonal appearance, winning by 14 lengths under Niall Houlihan. Rowe then chanced his arm in the Grade 3 Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham, but Up The Straight could only finish 14th behind winner Midnight Shadow. 
Annual Invictus
Despite only being a six-year-old, Annual Invictus is becoming a familiar runner here at Plumpton having won on three of his four visits. The latest of which was in out first Cheltenham Bonus Series qualifier of the season, where he ran out a convincing eight-length winner over Dino Velvet.

Now rated 144, Annual Invictus has plenty of good races in front of him for the rest of the season and we await his next outing, with trainer Chris Gordon possibly eying a Graded contest at Ascot before Christmas.

We wish him well and hope he lines up at Cheltenham in March!

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