Plumpton has rescheduled the £50,000 Betting.Bet Sussex Champion Chase for Ladies Day on Sunday, May 8 after the race was declared void on Monday, April 18.
The Gary Moore-trained Golden Boy Grey suffered a fatal injury approaching the third fence in our Easter Monday feature and as the other runners could not safely pass him on the following circuit, the yellow and orange stop-race flags were deployed.
The jockeys – led by Tom Cannon aboard Annual Invictus – swiftly pulled up their mounts before the seventh fence.
“Whilst it was in such sad circumstances that we had to void the Sussex Champion Chase on Easter Monday, with the race now seemingly getting its place established within the racing calendar, we are delighted to be able to reschedule the contest at our final fixture of the 2021-22 season on May 8,” said Plumpton CEO Dan Thompson.
“Despite it being a few weeks later in the year, having spoken to a few trainers about the contest and the BHA, as well as receiving the continued support of the sponsor Betting.Bet, it was felt the race could work well in this slot so we’ve kept the prize money at £50,000 and hope it produces a cracker of a renewal.”
The Sussex Champion Chase was first run in 2019 when Mercian Prince triumphed for Amy Murphy and Jack Quinlan. The 2020 event did not take place due to the pandemic but the race returned in 2021, when it was won by the Nicky Henderson-trained Pistol Whipped.