Good racing at Plumpton yesterday

PLUMPTON racegoers were rewarded by competitive jump racing yesterday afternoon, when a good crowd turned out for this popular raceday.

Plumpton offers top class jump racing
Photo: Jeannie Knight

The opening Novices Hurdle over two and a half miles had a popular winner, when trainer Chris Gordon sent out 2-1 joint favourite Go Whatever, ridden by Tom Cannon, to win comfortably by six lengths from runner up Fort Dennison.
Runner-up Fort Dennison trained by Tim Vaughan, with Alan Johns in the saddle,  had made the trip from Glamorgan for this race and ran well- while a stablemate secured a good victory later in the card.
Third place was claimed by the Gary Moore-trained Quloob, owned by Heart Of The South Racing.This five-year-old gelding, ridden by Jamie Moore finished five lengths adrift of the runner-up, but will come on for the experience.
Somerset trainer Jeremy Scott enjoyed a  when victory he saddled up six-year-old Champagne Court, 4-5 favourite, ridden by Nick Scholfield, to take the Novices’ Limited Handicap over two miles three furlongs.

Jockey Nick Scholfield with winner Champagne Court        Photo courtesy of Plumpton Racecourse

He got the better of Diable De Divola, trained by Gary Moore and ridden by son Joshua, which was unable to make ground on the winner from two out, but kept on for second place. In third spot was 9-2 second favourite, Mercy Mercy Me, trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Harry Cobden.
The selling handicap hurdle attracted ten runners, but the field was decimated when two were pulled up and a third fell. But trainer Bernard Llewellyn of Bargoed, Wales, made the journey to  Plumpton pay off when he saddled up Flanagans Field to win this race.
The 11-year-old gelding, owned by the trainer, was well ridden by 5lb claimer Charlie Price.
Amateur rider Brodie Hampson rode a winner for Upper Lambourn trainer Archie Watson on  board French-bred Juge et Parti in the Amateur Riders Handicap Hurdle.
This was their second win on the trot with this horse, which impressed and handled the track well. The combination should go on to more successes .

Brodie Hampson with Juge et Parti trained at Lambourn by Archie Watts                                     Photo courtesy of Plumpton Racecourse

There was a good performance from Dunhallow Lad, trained in Somerset by Alan Jones and well-ridden by Tom O’ Brien to take the two miles three furlongs handicap chase. The seven -year-old gelding, owned by Burnham P&D Ltd stayed on well to win and there should be more to come.

Sussex-based trained Gary Moore secured a decent victory when he sent out seven-year-old Cheque En Blanc at 9-4, ridden by son Jamie, to win the three and a half mile chase in good style.  Fences are clearly the future for this horse.

Final race winner, Timely Gift, trained by Tim Vaughan with jockey Alan Johns and connections. Photo courtesy of Plumpton Racecourse.

The final race of the day, a three mile handicap hurdle, saw the trip from Glamorgan pay off for trainer Tim Vaughan. He sent out Timely Gift at 7-2, ridden by Alan Johns to win the last race- a three mile handicap hurdle- in good style. More victories should follow.

Plumpton’s next meeting is on Monday December 2, with a Festive Fun Raceday.



Don’t miss Fontwell Park’s festive fun fixture

FONTWELL Park racecourse is starting the countdown to Christmas and has planned an afternoon of Festive Jumps Racing on Tuesday December 10 to enable racegoers to get into the Christmas spirit.

The track’s popular Best Christmas Jumper competition will be held on this raceday, with a £500 prize for the winner.

This Fontwell Park race meeting will have plenty of festive fun

Don’t miss  this Festive Jumpers Raceday with six excellent National Hunt Races at the UK’s only figure of eight jumps track!  Book your tickets now

You could make your day even more enjoyable by entering Fontwell Park’s Festive Jumper Competition, giving you the chance to win this great cash prize.

Simply wear or create your best Christmas jumper and Fontwell Park’s spotters will select a winner on the day.

This racing fixture is perfect if you’re looking for something to do over the winter months, so book your tickets now for a great day at Fontwell Park.

Booking tickets in advance for this seasonal raceday will save £5 on the normal entry fee.

This is the ideal opportunity to enjoy a day out with all the family, with tickets starting from just £18- plus there is free entry for Under 18’s. Also there is plenty of entertainment for all ages including funfair rides.

Premier tickets sell out in advance, so book yours now. Contact Fontwell Park Racecourse on 01243 543335 or

Southern National success at Fontwell Park


FONTWELL PARK RACECOURSE- the UK’s only figure of eight jumps track- hosted one of the most popular Jump Racedays in the county- The Mansionbet Sussex National, yesterday.

This is one of the biggest race days of the year at this popular racecourse, with  a unique figure-of-eight track. This feature race, a handicap chase, is a three mile and three furlongs test of endurance for both horse and jockey.

Seven runners were attracted for this year’s event, covering three miles and three furlongs on ground that was soft with heavy patches in places. The race, worth £12,913 to the winner, was a thriller this year, despite having only seven runners.

Sussex jockey Jamie Moore brought 9-2 shot One Of Us to victory, winning by just a neck. The seven-year-old, trained by Nick Williams at George Nympton in Devon, was always prominent in this race.

One Of Us , on the right., ridden by Jamie Moore and trained by Nick Williams, on the way to victory .
Photo courtesy of Fontwell Park.

Given an excellent ride by Jamie Moore,  One Of Us, jumped well and went clear before the last- and was all out on the line to beat runner-up Captain Cattistock ridden by Lorcan Williams and trained by Paul Nicholls, by just a neck.

Jamie Moore unsaddling the winner of the Southern National Photo: Fontwell P:ark Racecourse

Back in third place was 4-1 shot, The Two Amigos, a seven-year-old trained by permit holder Nicky Martin, who is based on Exmoor,  and ridden by Matt Griffiths. In fourth spot was 5-1 shot Shanroe Santos, trained by Lucy Wadham and ridden by Leighton Aspell.


Racing hit by wet weather

WET weather has hit horse racing throughout the country, with the Cheltenham track  so badly affected that day one of the November meeting has been cancelled because of waterlogging of the course.

A spokesperson for Cheltenham Racecourse said the event was cancelled due to “37mm rainfall in the past 18 hours.”

Now Saturday’s card depends on a 3pm Friday inspection and any more rain could see that fixture called off.

Cheltenham track today Photo courtesy of the Jockey Club


Meanwhile racing goes ahead at Newcastle, where the first race is at noon, with a decent card for racing. Highlights include a Veterans’ handicap chase over two and a half miles at 1.40pm.

The going there is soft, and heavy in places. Simply The Betts aims to follow up a recent Chepstow victory in the 2.50pm race, while  the appropriately-named Wetlands is fancied to win the 3.25pm race.

Meanwhile there is racing at Southwell starting at 12.50 where the going is heavy and at Dundalk (5.15pm) good.


Buy tickets now for Sussex National at Fontwell Park


ON  Sunday November 17, Fontwell Park Racecourse, the UK’s only figure of eight jumps track, will host one of the most popular Jump Racedays in the county- THE SUSSEX NATIONAL –

Gates open for this popular Raceday at 10.30am, while the first race is at 12.25pm and the last at 3.45pm.

This is one of the biggest race days of the year at this popular racecourse, while the feature race itself is a three mile, three furlongs test of endurance for both horse and jockey.

The action will also be screened on ITV Racing channel. At the same time it is possible to experience this outstanding raceday from the exclusive Premier Lounge restaurant at Fontwell Park.

Expect competitive racing at Fontwell Park
Photo: Jeannie Knight

There are two enclosures at Fontwell Park- Paddock and Premier Admission. The Paddock enclosure has access to three grandstands, the Parade Ring, Winning Circland a number of bars and food outlets.

The Land & Power Premier Enclosure includes entry to all of the above, as well as access to the Ground Floor of the Land & Power Premier Grandstand where the Premier Bar and Café are situated.

Jockey Liam Treadwell with Sussex Grand National Winner 2018, Shanroe Santos trained by Lucy Wadham.
Photo Jeannie Knight

This is guaranteed to be an outstanding day of racing, building up to the feature race.

Book your tickets now for this raceday- children under 18 go free when accompanied by an adult- by contacting Fontwell Park on 01243 543335.


Fusil Raffles in action at Wincanton

Today’s meeting at Doncaster has been cancelled because of wet weather but racing is set to go ahead at Wincanton.

There, jockey Daryl Jacob has high hopes for his mount Fusil Raffles, which runs in the Grade Two Unibet Elite Hurdle.

Jockey Daryl Jacob
Photo: John Simpson

Trained by Nicky Henderson, this four-year-old gelding has impressed with his performances so far. He has three wins and a second to his credit so far, accumulating more than £80,000 in prize money so far.

Fusil Raffles and Daryl Jacob in action  Photo: John Simpson


Daryl Jacob told the racing press that Fusil Raffles impressed when he schooled him on Thursday. But he also warned that the Grade Two race could be tough for four-year-olds. He believes that the way he performs in this race will be a good indicator of where to aim Fusil Raffles in the future.

He said it could show whether he could be a Champion Hurdle horse, or one to bring on carefully looking ahead to a future chasing career. So far this horse has only had two runs in England but his rider said he has grown signficantly and filled out in recent months.

With the Champion Hurdle division looking wide open, Daryl Jacob believes that going down this route will give a good indication of how far has has progressed and can continue to do so.

He could be the rider in form today, with another promising ride on Kalahari Queen, trained by Jamie Snowdon. The mare is back over hurdles, having gone novice chasing last season. There, she was second to Roksana, a subsequent Cheltenham Festival winner, and Kalahari Queen has continued to improve.

He also rides Whisper for Sam Thomas in the Badger Beers Silver Trophy Handicap.  Whisper is now 11 years old and rated highly,  but has a formidable task off top weight- though if he jumps well and enjoys himself, he could have a chance here.




Plumpton double for Nicholls and Cobden

Trainer Paul Nicholls

PLUMPTON’S new jump racing season got underway in style this week with trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Harry Cobden teaming up in the opening Maiden Hurdle race for a victory from promising French-bred Calva D’Auge.

The same winning trainer/jockey combination went on score a double, with 13-2 shot Dan McGrue in the two mile four furlong handicap hurdle later on the card

In treble form was jockey Nick Scholfield, who notched up three impressive winners in fine style, all for different trainers.

Jockey Nick Scholfield

He said after the race: ” I can’t remember my last treble – but it is the first of the season, so it is all good. Paul Henderson, Jack  Barber and Jeremy Scott are all good trainers to ride for- and I know the horses well, which was a great help.”

His first victory came in the Novice Handicap Chase over three miles one furlong for trainer Paul Henderson, with Crossley Tender at 12-1. The second was in the two mile three furlong handicap chase on board Shintori, trained by Jack Barber, and his final winner of the trio was on board Two Sams, trained by Jeremy Scott in the final handicap hurdle.

The Mares Novice Hurdle Race went to Penny Mallow, trained by Venetia Williams and well ridden to victory by Daryl Jacob. They finished three lengths clear of runner-up Outonpatrol. a 16-1 shot trained by Alan King and ridden by A P Heskin.

Jockey Daryl Jacob and winner Penny Mallow, trained by Venetia Williams
Photo courtesy of Plumpton Racecourse

Plumpton’s next meeting is a Sky Sports November Raceday on Monday November 18, when plenty of competitive jump racing will be on the card at this popular  Sussex National Hunt track.

Ballyoptic win sets Haydock and Grand National targets

TRAINER Nigel Twiston-Davies will enter Ballyoptic again for both the Betfair Chase at Haydock and then for the Grand National again, following a sjuperb performance at Wetherby yesterday.

At this popular northern track, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies, Ballyoptic gave the trainer his fifth victory in this race, despite heavy rain and testing underfoot conditions.

This was the 50th running of the popular Grade Two race at Wetherby- and the second winner for this trainer there in the last three years .

Ballyoptic on his way to victory
Photo: John Simpson

Wetherby’s,two-day meeting started on good-to-soft ground but rain on Friday, followed by more overnight and during the day, jockeys reported that course conditions were much softer than that.

The consensus of opinion was that the track was riding way softer than that with ‘heavy’ being the consensus.

Some horses struggled on the softened track, but it suited the Scottish National runnner-up, Ballyoptic, whose previous chase wins had all been on soft or heavy ground, and being a Scottish National runner-up, had plenty of proven stamina.





Goodwood’s 2019 Magnolia Cup raised £187,000

THE 2019 Magnolia Cup at Goodwood Racecourse this has raised a total of £187,000 for the charity Wellbeing of Women.

The ninth running of the annual charity race, run on Ladies’ Day at the Qatar Goodwood Festival in August, made headlines around the world when Khadijah Mellah completed the unlikely fairy tale by winning aboard the Charlie Fellows trained Haverland.

Magnolia Cup winner Mella following her victory Photo:Goodwood Racecourse

This year’s total means that the race has now raised in excess of £1.6 million for charitable causes since its inception and Goodwood is indebted to all the riders, silk designers, horse sponsors, trainers and owners who have supported the race.
Wellbeing of Women funds vital medial research in women’s health across the whole of a woman’s lifespan including pregnancy, fertility and birth.

Funds raised from the 2019 Magnolia Cup will help the charity to continue investing in the next generation of women’s health experts to develop new diagnostic tests, treatments and cures that will save and transform the lives of thousands of women and their babies in the UK and beyond.

Janet Lindsay, Chief Executive of Wellbeing of Women commented; “It was a real honour to partner with Goodwood for the unique and very special 2019 Magnolia Cup. The event was an enormous success, raising an incredible £187,000 to help save the lives of women and babies. It also helped to shine a spotlight on women’s health which is too often overlooked.

“We are so grateful to everyone at Goodwood, the inspirational jockeys for their generous support, the sponsors of the horses, the trainers and owners for supporting the event, helping Wellbeing of Women to find the next breakthrough in women’s health.”

It has been confirmed that the tenth Magnolia Cup will once again take place on Ladies’ Day at the Qatar Goodwood Festival in 2020, which falls on Thursday July 30 . The full list of riders, a designer and the charity partner will be announced later.

Riding A Dream – the sensational story of Khadijah Mellah’s journey, will be aired on ITV1 at 12:15pm on Saturday,November 2, immediately after the Rugby World Cup final.

Two racedays at Fontwell Park in November

Fontwell Park racecourse in West Sussex has two racedays to look forward to in November at this only figure of eight jumping track in the country.

The first is a Winter Afternoon Raceday on Friday November 8, when gates open at 11.30am for the six jumps races. The first race starts at 13.25, with the last one at 16.10pm.

Highly competitive jump racing at Fontwell Park
Photo: Jeannie Knight

This raceday will operate in one enclosure at this meeting. This means you can enjoy the perks of Premier Admission with a Paddock Ticket.

The second raceday in November features the return of the Southern National to Fontwell Park on Sunday November 17, which will be covered by ITV Racing. Gates open at 10.30am and the first of seven races is at 12.25pm.

The Southern National fixture is one of Fontwell Park’s biggest race days of the year. It is a three mile three furlongs test of endurance. Be there to experience the thrill and the action of National Hunt Racing at close quarters.
This race last year, sponsored by Sun Racing, was won by nine-year-old Shanroe Santos (IRE) trained by Lucy Wadham and ridden by local jockey Leighton Aspell.  This winner was sent off at 4-1 on that occasion.

Local jockey Liam Treadwell who rode the winner of the Sussex National at Fontwell Park in 2018 with Shanroe Santos, trained by Lucy Wadham    Photo: Jeannie Knight

Fontwell Park admission prices at this meeting include access to an additional bar, food outlets and betting facilities in the Land & Power Premier Grandstand,  as well as seating opposite the Winning Post and additional seating out on the terrace, overlooking Fontwell Gardens – the perfect, peaceful spot to study the form.
The relaxed nature at Fontwell Park carries through to its requirements for dress code,  with a smart casual policy for the Premier Enclosure and Hospitality suites.  Racegoers are asked to dress for the weather because Fontwell Park holds race meetings all year round and conditions can vary. 

Children under 18 go free when accompanied by an adult. ID may be required.