Raceday Review 13th May

Raceday Review 13th May

Phil Spink
Plumpton Racecourse

This season, our raceday reviews and previews will come from Timeform’s Philip Spink. Founded in 1948, Timeform is a sports data and content provider. Timeform ratings are widely accepted as the definitive measure of racing merit. Their horse racing service produces daily racecards for every meeting in the UK and Ireland and they also offer form guides for racing in the US, South Africa, Dubai and Qatar. The official Plumpton race programme is one of three published by the Halifax-based company. Philip Spink is the editor of the Plumpton Official Race Programme for Timeform. He will back any runners at the track trained by Venetia Williams and thinks Plumpton may have seen a future star in the shape of last January’s novice hurdle winner Jerrysback. Visit the website www.timeform.com, or follow Timeform on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Timeform) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/timeform1948). Philip can be contacted directly on: philip.spink@timeform.com


The sun was shining as Ladies Day brought the 2017-18 season to a close at Plumpton.

Champion Conditonal James Bowen enjoyed a double, including in the final of the Racing Excellence Conditional Training Race Series on board Brave Eagle for boss Nicky Henderson. The six-year-old was right back to his best in the Mayfield Sussex Hop Gin-sponsored handicap hurdle, and looks one to follow when he goes chasing.

King Cool recorded his first victory over fences for Gary Moore in the Bluebell Vineyard Handicap Chase, coming in for a patient ride under Bowen and overhauling Roparta Avenue in the closing stages.

The first two races of the day produced remarkable finishes as horses who looked the likely winners both came to grief late on. Jumping Jack was still finding plenty when unseating Tom Cannon 2 from home in the Cumnor House Sussex – Where Children Flourish Maiden Hurdle. The Alan King-trained Crushed was the beneficiary as he stayed on from Gothic Empire after the last to take the prize.

The Free Alerts With The Timeform Tracker Handicap Hurdle was just as dramatic as Good News unseated his rider Jack Sherwood at the last when ahead, leaving Mogestic to come home in front for Seamus Mullins and Jeremiah McGrath.

The Fresh Prince put in an impressive round of jumping from the front under Conor Shoemark to take the Bet Better With The Timeform App Handicap Chase for Oliver Sherwood in the Grand National-winning colours of Trevor Hemmings.

Gin And Tonic was a game winner of the Julie Brown Memorial Handicap Hurdle for Newmarket trainer Michael Wigham and Wayne Hutchinson.

Andapa belied odds of 50/1 to make a taking winning debut for Michael Roberts in the Visit timeform.com/freebets bumper. The young filly had cost just £1,200 last year and looked a bargain as she drew clear from two furlongs out under Harry Reed.