Now four meetings into our 2021/22 season at Plumpton, we take a look at some of the winners from previous racedays and see how they have fared since.
Glory And Fortune
Those who came to our first meeting of the season on September 19th may remember the Tom Lacey-trained Glory And Fortune (pictured above) running out an impressive four-and-three-quarter-length winner of the feature Class 3 Handicap Hurdle. He followed that up by landing the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las, winning £26,000 in the process, before taking his chance in the Grade 3 Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham. Sent off at 14/1, Glory And Fortune ran a solid race in finishing 6th, beaten 10 lengths by the winner West Cork. He is set to appear next in the 1.50 at Newbury on Saturday.
Another to impress on our opening fixture of the season was three-year-old Impulsive One, who brushed aside his rivals in the Juvenile Hurdle to win by 12 lengths for Nicky Henderson. He put in a similar performance at Huntingdon next time, winning by 10 lengths, before finished second to Knight Salute at Kempton. Despite losing his unbeaten tag over hurdles that day, he looks one to keep an eye on in the juvenile division this season.
Up The Straight
Sussex trainer Richard Rowe has a smart horse in Up The Straight, who landed the Class 3 Novices' Chase on the Bob Champion Cancer Trust Raceday last month. He picked up some black type last season when finishing runner-up in a Listed contest at Sandown and impressed on his seasonal appearance, winning by 14 lengths under Niall Houlihan. Rowe then chanced his arm in the Grade 3 Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham, but Up The Straight could only finish 14th behind winner Midnight Shadow.
Despite only being a six-year-old, Annual Invictus is becoming a familiar runner here at Plumpton having won on three of his four visits. The latest of which was in out first Cheltenham Bonus Series qualifier of the season, where he ran out a convincing eight-length winner over Dino Velvet. Now rated 144, Annual Invictus has plenty of good races in front of him for the rest of the season and we await his next outing, with trainer Chris Gordon possibly eying a Graded contest at Ascot before Christmas. We wish him well and hope he lines up at Cheltenham in March!