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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 12th February 2018
An exciting six-race card in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund took place on Monday and might have thrown up a couple who could make the trip to next month’s Cheltenham Festival.
Harmonise holds an entry in the Triumph Hurdle and could take her chance for Sheena West after a comfortable success in the SW Catering Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle. She was bouncing back from a nasty experience at Ascot and showed she was none the worse with a smooth win under Marc Goldstein.
Eamon An Cnoic became the final qualifier in the Plumpton Cheltenham Festival Bonus Series with victory for David Pipe and Tom Scudamore in the David Ashforth And Friends Chase. He was all out to hold on from the only other finisher Holbrook Park and will need to raise his game considerably to be a player at Cheltenham. He joins Benatar, Optimus Prime, Not Another Muddle and San Pedro De Senam in qualifying for a potential £60,000 bonus in the event of victory at the Festival.
Graasten was another winner for Gary and Jamie Moore in the IEP Financial Handicap Hurdle, returning from eleven months with a ready victory. He’s one to keep on side.
Sir Hubert was a popular winner for Captain Adrian Pratt and friends in the Strong Flavours Catering Novices’ Handicap Chase, staying on well under Andrew Glassonbury to open his account at the twentieth time of asking.
Zoe Davison struck again at Plumpton as The Golden Hour ran out the 16/1 winner of the Nigel And Barbara Collison Supporting The IJF Handicap Hurdle under Tommy Dowling. The eight-year-old mare was showing the benefit of a breathing operation.
Cassivellaunus was another winner to escape the attention of a lot of punters, also going off 16/1 in the Support The Injured Jockeys Fund Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle for Daniel Steele. He had to survive a stewards ‘enquiry.