Buzz is likely to run in Betfair Hurdle

A PARTICULARLY striking performance by the Nicky Henderson-trained Buzz, has earmarked this talented grey horse for a tilt in the Betfair Hurdle, which is likely to be his next outing.

Buzz finished third on his first outing of the season in the Welsh Champion Hurdle behind Sceau Royal. That was an impressive performance itself, but he went on to clock up an easy win at Ascot in November, when he won the race by seven lengths.

Trainer Nicky Henderson Photo: John Simpson

Although he was given an 11lb weight rise for that impessive victory he returned to Ascot four weeks later to contest the Betfair Exchange Trophy and finished runner-up to the winner that day- Not So Sleepy- who was receiving 6lb .

The grey finished third on his first outing of the season in the Welsh Champion Hurdle behind Sceau Royal, before bolting up at Ascot in November by seven lengths.

Raised 11lb for that success, he went back to Ascot a month later for the Betfair Exchange Trophy and beat all bar a rejuvenated Not So Sleepy, who was receiving 6lb and won the race for the second year in succession.

Buzz (left) gets his head in front on a previous run Photo: John Simpson

“The irony of his last run was that we were beaten by a horse trained by Hughie Morrison – who we bought Buzz off! I don’t think Buzz really saw the winner on the other side of the course, but our horse ran a blinder off top-weight!”

“We’ll keep an eye on everything. It’s unlikely to dry out too much, but he does like soft ground. Top-weights don’t have a great record in the race – which is something else to consider.”

Stafford is mindful of a proliferation of dangerous opponents in what is always a hugely competitive race.

“You usually want to be a novice on the up,I suppose the ones who have stuck out so far have been Cadzand, who was impressive at Kempton, and maybe Llandinabo Lad. Of course there’s the Tolworth winner (Metier) too, who could run – so there are plenty to be wary of.”

“We could use a conditional to take some weight off – but I haven’t discussed that with Nicky yet. I think there’s a fair chance he’ll run, though.”

Echo Brava runs well for Rebecca Woodman after two-year lay off

Echo Brava, who finished second at 22-1 at Kempton Park for trainer Rebecca Woodman
RACEHORSE trainer Rebecca Woodman continued a long family tradition of horse racing successes when she sent out Echo Brava to finish second at 22-1 on the all-weather at Kempton Park yesterday in a highly competitive race.

Following the run Rebecca said: “Today saw me saddle my first runner on the flat as a fully licensed racehorse trainer.”

Well ridden by Liam Keniry, the 11-year-old made smooth headway in the race to secure runner-up spot behind the winner, Mr Zee, sent off at 8-1 trained by Michael Blake and ridden by Marco Ghiani.

Echo Brava had seven wins to his credit on the Flat, and now has notched up three second places over hurdles, and should go on to win over the obstacles.

Based at Parkers Barn Stables, East Lavant, near Chichester, Rebecca comes from a highly successful horse racing family, which has been there since her grandfather, Sydney Woodman, started training. Her father John died in 2014 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer , leaving his wife Penny, son James and daughter Rebecca.

Her grandfather, Syd Woodman, had died in 1986, having held a licence for 25 years, and was a well respected trainer. He was a former head lad to the legendary Captain Ryan Price who trained there after the War.

Following his death, his son, Steve Woodman, eventually took over, sending out runners on the Flat and over jumps. The yard had 20 boxes and Steve said at the time:
“Fifteen or 16 horses is quite enough for us, we have reliable local staff and we use gallops at the bottom of the hill on the Goodwood Estate so the set-up is pretty compact.”

He trained at Parker’s Barn for 15 years with good success for a group of owners, some of whom had horses with his father, Syd, in the Sixties and Seventies.

At that time, Steve Woodman said: “When dad died in 1986 he had held a licence for 25 years. He had been head lad to the legendary Captain Ryan Price who trained here after the War. When Ryan moved to Findon dad stayed on with some of his horses and Syd Dale, who also became a successful trainer, was head lad at Findon.”

After Ryan Price closed the East Lavant operation, Syd Woodman was able to buy Parker’s Barn. His two boys, John and Steve, were into ponies in a big way at the time and John eventually became a professional jockey, but Steve, on account of his weight, remained an amateur. John Woodman, Rebecca’s father, sadly died at age of 67 in 2014.

Now Rebecca has made an excellent start in carrying on the family tradition of training racehorses. Echo Brava had seven wins to his credit on the Flat, and now has notched up three second places over hurdles, and should go on to win over the obstacles.

Following his father’s death, his son, Steve Woodman, eventually took over, sending out runners on the Flat and over jumps.

The yard had 20 boxes and Steve said at the time: “Fifteen or 16 horses is quite enough for us, we have reliable local staff and we use gallops at the bottom of the hill on the Goodwood Estate so the set-up is pretty compact.”

Steve went on to train at Parker’s Barn for 15 years with success for a group of owners, some of whom had horses trained with his father in the Sixties and Seventies. Steve was keen to maintain the tradition. He said: “When dad died in 1986 he had held a licence for 25 years.”

“He had been head lad to the legendary Captain Ryan Price who trained here after the War. When Ryan moved to Findon dad stayed on with some of his horses and Sid Dale, who also became a successful trainer, was head lad at Findon.”

After Ryan Price closed the East Lavant operation, Syd Woodman was able to buy Parker’s Barn. His two boys, John and Steve, were into ponies in a big way at the time and John eventually became a professional jockey, but Steve, on account of his weight, remained an amateur.

Former jockey and bloodstock agent John Woodman sadly died at age of 67 in 2014.

Now Rebecca has made an excellent start in carrying on the family tradition of training racehorses. There should be a bright future ahead for her.

Echo Brava had seven wins to his credit on the Flat, and now has notched up three second places over hurdles, and should go on to win over the obstacles for Rebecca.


Sad death of racehorse trainer Zoe Davison

Racehorse trainer Zoe Davison died shortly after two of her racehorses, Brown Bullet and Mr Jack had scored an excellent double when both won at Plumpton’s meeting yesterday.

Her stable staff had prepared Brown Bullet and Mr Jack to secure the poignant winning double over jumps. Zoe had continued to train until the end and died aged 60 after a long battle with terminal breast cancer.

Davison's stable was based in Sussex close to Plumpton
Zoe Davison’s stable was based close to Plumpton Photo: PA:Press Association

Zoe Davison had suffered from breast cancer for the past four-and-a-half years, but her daughter recently revealed it had spread.

Assistant trainer and daughter Gemma said that the family were taking it day-by-day. And just two hours after the second leg of an emotional double for the team at Plumpton , Zoe died in hospital.

Brown Bullet ridden by James Best secured the first win, with stablemate Mr Jack winning later on the card to create a memorable double.

Gemma, and Zoe’s husband Andrew Irvine, had run the stables and looked after the horses while Zoe was in hospital. Zoe was a former amateur rider turned trainer, and had sent out more than 100 winners during her career- most of them at Plumpton, where she will be sadly missed.

Poignant meeting at Plumpton, as winning trainer dies in hospital

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.

Winner of the Sussex National at Plumpton – Seaston Spirit, trained by Oliver Sherwood and ridden by Aiden Coleman Photo: Plumpton Racecourse

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.

Plumpton racing today is televised

Sunday’s card looks a cracker and let’s hope the feature race is as good as last year’s renewal where a masterful ride from Harry Cobden brought home Christmas in April for Colin Tizzard and the Swallowfield Racing Team to win the Sky Sports Racing Sussex National.

Competitive racing at Plumpton behind closed doors Photo: Jeannie Knight

Unfortunately racing is behind closed doors with no public there to see the racing live, but Sky Sports Racing will have a good team there. Tune in on channel 415 or through your betting apps where you can also watch the racing without having a bet nowadays.
 
The racecard for today with all the runners and riders, includes the last of Plumpton’s Bonus Races this season. The prize is £40k if the horse wins today and then goes on to win a steeplechase at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.
 
Race previews by the Tote are a useful guide to the days punting and/or placepots if you did want to have a flutter! Click on url4107.plumptonracecourse.co.uk/ls/click

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.”

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

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.

Cheltenham dodges bad weather and racing is set for Friday

 Cheltenham avoided the worst of recent bad weather and the track is set to go ahead tomorrow, Friday, with its first meeting since March.

The ground was eased to good, good to soft in places, after clerk of the course Simon Claisse walked the track on Wednesday afternoon.

Today is forecast to be dry before showers on Friday when Cheltenham hosts a seven-race card, the first four of which will be shown on  ITV4.

Dan Skelton is expected to run his Grade 1 winner Allmankind there this Saturday. The four-year-old was an impressive juvenile last season and a leading contender for the Triumph Hurdle following a good win in the Finale Juvenile Hurdle over the festive period. However, he could only finish third behind Burning Victory there.

Trainer Dan Skelton

 The Sea Moon offspring is earmarked to begin his new campaign in the Masterson Holdings Hurdle at Prestbury Park, and his trainer has been pleased with how his stable star has been training ahead of this weekend.

He said: “I am very happy with him and I presume he’s improved for a summer, but of course the run on Saturday will tell us if he has.”