Monday December 17th 2018 - Christmas Raceday
There were some potential stars on show at Plumpton's final meeting of 2018 and Ok Corral likely has the Cheltenham Festival in his sights following an easy win in the Mayfield Sussex Hop Gin Novices' Chase. Second in the Albert Bartlett in March, Nicky Henderson's charge quickened clear from the home turn in a steadily-run race and is clearly a chaser of considerable potential.
Ishkhara Lady looked exciting in the Tie The Knot Wedding Catering-sponsored bumper. She was the latest in a line of winning newcomer in bumpers for Harry Fry and a trip to Cheltenham on New Year's Day could be on the cards.
Mr Pumblechook was an easy winner in the Derek Hunnisett Memorial Auction Maiden Hurdle for Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson. The race was staged in honour of the late owner of Manhattan Boy, a winner fourteen times over hurdles at Plumpton, and Mr Pumblechook looked right to home himself around the track as he cruised to a ten-length victory.
Shintori struck in the JH Builders Handicap Chase for Jack Barber and Nick Scholfield. He was good value for his win, while the runner-up Chivers, who had chased home Kalashnikov starting out over fences for Gary Moore a fortnight ago, must be followed.
Brandon Castle came out on top in the Happy Birthday Chris Kinane Novices' Hurdle, coming clear under Bryony Frost for Neil King. The runner-up Collooney, sent off at 2/1-on, is probably the best prospect from the race.
I See You Well got back on the up over the longest trip he'd tackled in the G. E. White & Sons Agricultural Buildings Handicap Chase. A late mistake couldn't take much away from the dominance of the Seamus Mullins-trained five-year-old, partnered by Daniel Sansom.
Plenty of Plumpton form was on show in the Bluebell Vineyard Estates Handicap Hurdle as Seaweed got his revenge on old rival Legend of France, with Dan Skelton's youngster Mercer's Troop splitting the pair. Well backed again, he looks set to win more races for Chris Gordon.