12.20 – Derek Hunnisett Memorial Maiden Hurdle
The seven-race card kicks off with the Derek Hunnisett Memorial Maiden Hurdle which features Suzi Best’s exciting prospect Wells Glory. The five-year-old impressed when landing a bumper on debut here in May – our final race of the 2020/21 season – and makes his second career start today under Tom Scudamore. In opposition is the Emma Lavelle-trained Minella Buster, a Point-to-Point winner in Ireland who was purchased for £45,000 12 months ago. He is making his third start today and bids to improve on a fourth-placed effort at Lingfield last month under Tom Bellamy. Any cricket fans with us will no doubt be keeping an eye on the Mick Channon-trained Barest Of Margins, who runs in the colours of owners The Tailenders. He is another making his hurdling debut.
12.50 – Hollywoodbets Check Out Daily Boosted Odds Novices’ Chase
The third of our four £50,000 Cheltenham Bonus Series qualifiers is headed by Grade 2-winning hurdler Mossy Fen, who makes his debut for the Christian Williams stable. Formerly trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, the six-year-old finished fifth behind Envoi Allen in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2020 but has failed to fire in two subsequent efforts over fences. It is his first run in over 13 months, and he takes on 2020 Lanzarote Hurdle winner Burrows Edge who aims to bounce back after finishing last of four at Haydock earlier this month. The Chris Gordon-trained Pasvolsky completes the trio and he’ll be partnered by Tom Cannon.
1.25 – In Memory Of Susan Corrigan Mares’ Handicap Hurdle
The Class 3 In Memory Of Susan Corrigan Mares’ Handicap Hurdle comes next and the Harry Fry-trained On My Command is likely to head the betting. A winner at the track when previously trained by Amy Murphy, the five-year-old will aim to follow up on a comfortable success at Market Rasen in October. Ruby Yeats, a course and distance winner, represents the Gary Moore yard while Sacre Coeur, who finished third behind Diego Du Charmil in the Sussex Champion Hurdle earlier this year, looks an intriguing runner for Jonjo O’Neill.
2.00 – Theo’s Charm Memorial Novices’ Hurdle
The Theo’s Charm Memorial Novices’ Hurdle has an impressive roll of honour, with Lisp, Highway One O Two, Annual Invictus and of course Theo’s Charm himself all proving successful in recent years. The Alastair Ralph-trained Chanceux is well-fancied to add himself to that list despite shouldering a 7lb penalty following his nine-and-a-half-length Chepstow win last month. Russian Virtue is an interesting proposition on his National Hunt debut for Clare Hobson, with Blakey Bear also lining up for the first time.
2.35 – Ashes 50% Moneyback With Hollywoodbets Handicap Hurdle
The Ashes 50% Moneyback With Hollywoodbets Handicap Hurdle contains our biggest field of the day and a case can be made for many of the 11 runners. Neverbeen To Paris (pictured), a winner over course and distance last month for Pat Murphy and Bryony Frost, carries top weight and returns to hurdles following a runners-up effort on the Chelmsford all-weather a little over a week ago. Four-time Plumpton winner Ramore Will can never be discarded here but returns to action for the first time since August 2020, while Mr Jack is likely to be prominent in the betting for Andy Irvine as he attempts to notch his third course win of the year. Irish Bumper winner Full Of Light looks intriguing on his handicap debut for Nicky Henderson and Nico de Boinville off a mark of 108.
3.05 – G.E.White & Sons Agricultural Buildings Handicap Chase
Another competitive race follows with little appearing to spilt the seven runners in the Class 4 G.E.White & Sons Agricultural Buildings Handicap Chase. Rose Of Aghaboe brings some solid course form to the table with one win from as many starts at Plumpton for Nick Gifford and Tabitha Worsley, but she hasn’t managed to get in the frame on two starts so far this season. Exod’ela has only won once under rules but looks to be off a winnable mark for Gavin Sheehan and Jamie Snowden, while Jamie Moore – who rode a treble at Lingfield on Monday – partners two-time Plumpton winner Cheque En Blanc on his seasonal reappearance.
3.35 – Southern Events Rudolph Christmas Cup Open National Hunt Flat Race
Four of the six runners in the Southern Events Rudolph Christmas Cup Open National Hunt Flat Race are making their racecourse debuts so plenty will be learned about their ability. It is difficult to choose between the only two that we’ve already seen – Red Windsor and Delta Run – as they both finished runner-up last time out and the form lines haven’t had too much time to develop. Keeping a close eye on the market or having a good look at the runners in the parade ring is recommended if planning to have a bet!