2:17 – Sarah Fiedosiuk Is 60 And Still Juvenile Hurdle
Useful flat performer Oceanline has produced some solid form from his four hurdles starts to date and will bid to get off the mark in this for Alan King and Tom Cannon. The Olly Murphy-trained Parliament Hill is the highest rated in the field but has to give 7lbs away to Oceanline, which makes his task more difficult. Genuflex showed plenty of promise earlier in the season, including a second-placed effort to subsequent Grade 1 winner Porticello in October, but has failed to maintain that level of form and looks the weakest of the three runners on paper.
2:52 – Elaine Fraser Fabulous At Fifty Handicap Chase
This is a competitive renewal of the 2m1f Handicap Hurdle, with three of the five runners having already won at Plumpton this season. Minella Hub has excelled in East Sussex in 2022 – winning twice from as many starts – and will bid to complete the hat-trick for Pat Murphy and Harry Bannister. Light N Strike bolted up here on November 15th, while Fairway Freddy will bid to retain his title after landing this contest in 2021. He won here on March 21st, defeating the reopposing The Flying Sofa in the process, and would be a popular winner for local trainer Nick Gifford. Grade 3 winner Jan Maat brings plenty of class to this contest but is winless since 2019 and has struggled this season.
3:27 – Harry And Betty Savill Memorial Novices’ Handicap Hurdle
Thirteen runners will go to post for the Harry And Betty Savill Memorial Novices’ Handicap Hurdle. Wells Glory, who won a bumper here in May 2021, makes his handicap debut in this contest off a mark of 99, which may underestimate his chances. Mickyh caused an upset here on January 2nd, winning at odds of 18/1, and carries a 7lb penalty following his win at Stratford on April 10th. Tommy Dillon lost out by a short head to Tara Iti at Plumpton last month and will hope to go one better for West Sussex trainer Richard Rowe, who celebrated a winner here on Easter Sunday.
4:02 – Betting.Bet Sussex Champion Chase Handicap Chase
Despite only five runners going to post for the £50,000 Easter Monday feature, there is plenty of quality on show including Annual Invictus, who will aim to provide Chris Gordon with a Sussex Champion double after the trainer landed the Sussex Champion Hurdle with Aucunrisque on Sunday. Annual Invictus landed one of our Cheltenham Bonus Series Qualifiers back in November and will bid to score his fourth course win tomorrow. The Gary Moore-trained Golden Boy Grey will be fancied by many after landing a hot handicap at Ascot last time and he has finished in the front two on each of his six starts this season. Rose Sea Has will be bidding for a hat-trick after scoring at Fontwell and Wetherby on his last two starts, while Ballinsker has recent course form after winning here on March 22nd. 11-year-old Mercian Prince makes his first start since November and bids to regain his title after landing this contest in 2019. He won’t be without a chance for Amy Murphy and Jack Quinlan as he won off the same mark at Kempton in October.
4:37 – Racing At Plumpton & The Jolly Sportsman Mares’ Handicap Hurdle
Sainte Doctor arrives here off the back of a comfortable win at Uttoxeter last time out and will be fancied by many with conditions appearing to suit. Puffin Bay is Oliver Sherwood’s only runner over the Easter Festival and the trainer will hope the five-year-old can continue a productive season which has seen him finish out the front three only once in six runs. Brown Bullet wasn’t beaten far here on March 22nd and could go close again off a 2lb lower mark.
5:12 – Remembering David Lees Novices’ Handicap Chase
Blade Runner won easily on his handicap debut here on March 14th and will bid to follow up over course and distance for Chris Gordon and Tom Cannon. He will be difficult to beat but Timely Gift has been on a good run of form recently, registering a first and second from his previous two starts, and will benefit from Brendan Powell taking the ride for the first time. Churchtown Glen has struggled to compete on his past three starts and is a justified outsider of the three runners.
5:47 – Tie The Knot Wedding Catering Handicap Hurdle
Six-time Plumpton winner Ding Ding makes the final start of her career in this 3m 1f Handicap Hurdle and there will be many regulars to Plumpton who will be cheering her on. She has finished unplaced in all four starts this year and will need to bounce back If any dreams of a fairy-tale end to her career can come to fruition. Chris Gordon runs two in this and The Tin Miner makes more appeal than Blame The Game. The Tin Miner has had a productive season – placing three times from four starts – and is a solid proposition in the hands of 7lb claimer Harriet Tucker.