EXPECT some top class jump racing at the popular Plumpton track tomorrow, Sunday, when the feature race will be the Sussex National. There will be seven races in all at this meeting, where racegoers have great views of the entire track.
Sussex National Raceday Image courtesy of Plumpton Racecourse
The first race at 12.40 will be the Sky Sports Racing On Sky 415 Novices’ Hurdle over 1 mile seven furlongs, which has attracted six runners. Of these, Highway One O Two, trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by Leighton Aspell, appeals. Having been a course winner this month, this runner comes from a yard which does well at Plumpton.
Leighton Aspell is also booked to ride Vicenzo Mio for Chris Gordon in the later handicap hurdle over two and a half miles. The horse finished second last time out and should be in the shake up there too.
Trainer Chris Gordon
A Novices Chase over two miles three furlongs follows, with five declared to run. Of these, eight-year-old chestnut gelding, Not Never, makes most appeal. Trained by Gary Moore and ridden by Jamie Moore, this runner has won at both Plumpton and Fontwell Park. He comes from a yard in form, with Gary Moore sending out four winners in the last fortnight.
The handicap hurdle over two miles four furlongs has attracted the maximum of 15 runners and is a competitive affair.
Kent trainer Linda Jewell does well with her occasional runners at this track and sends Royal Concorde for this race, to be ridden by Brendan Powell. Currently priced at 12-1, and carrying bottom weight, this horse could be in the mix at the end.
The feature race of the day- the Sussex National Handicap Chase over three miles four furlongs has attracted 11 runners, headed by Vinnie Lewis, a course and distance winner, ridden by 3lb claimer Page Fuller and trained by Harry Whittington.
West country trainer Colin Tizzard does well with his runners at Plumpton and sends his French-bred Fontwell Park winner, Christmas In April, for this competitive race, to be ridden by Harry Cobden.
Two well-supported races complete the card, with nine runners in the handicap chase over two miles three furlongs, headed by another Chris Gordon runner, Tara Bridge, ridden by Leighton Aspell.
Also catching the eye in this race is the Jack Barber-trained Shintori, to be ridden by Nick Scholfield, a jockey who does well at Plumpton.
The final race is a handicasp hurdle, just under two miles in distance, and with 12 runners entered. The favourite is likely to be Lightly Squeeze, trained by Harry Fry and riddn by 5lb claimer Bryan Carver.