Monday 25th February - February Raceday
Brandon Castle could be set for a trip to the Cheltenham Festival after making it three wins from three starts over course and distance under Bryony Frost in the R.A.B.I./Joan Collison Memorial Handicap Hurdle. It was another improved performance from Neil King's charge and a crack at the Supreme Novices' Hurdle must now come under serious consideration.
Trainer Keiran Burke will have fond memories of Cheltenham courtesy of his exploits with Hunt Ball and the Seaborough handler could have another useful chaser on his hands in Mine's A Pint, who lowered the colours of Gary Moore's 1/8-shot Graasten in the Peter Earl Memorial Novices' Chase under Tom Bellamy.
It was a frustrating afternoon for Plumpton's leading trainer Moore, who finished the meeting with three seconds. The Flying Sofa was no match for the impressive Pentland Hills in the Book For Our Easter Festival Now Maiden Hurdle. A decent horse on the level for Chris Wall, Pentland Hills looked a good jumping prospect starting out for Nicky Henderson, coming clear with plenty of running left under Nico de Boinville.
Moore's well-fancied Ruby Yeats was unable to hold on in the Strong Flavours Catering Handicap Hurdle. The mare had looked fully in control at the last but was undone by a late surge from the Chris Gordon-trained Jimmy under Tom Cannon.
The good run of the Seamus Mullins' stable at Plumpton continued as Plantagenet resumed winning ways under Matthew Fielding in the Howden Sport And Equine Insurance Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase.
Early Morning Rain showed a likeable attitude to win the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Mares' bumper for Jamie Snowden and Sam Twiston-Davies. The well-touted Marilyn Monroe shaped with promise in third on her debut under Rules and is a name to note.
Ding Ding notched up a remarkable sixth win at Plumpton for Sheena West in the Watch Sky Sports Racing In HD Mares' Handicap Hurdle. The big field was well strung out from an early stage and the eight-year-old soon had things wrapped up under Marc Goldstein.
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution were on hand and raised a fantastic £7,500. Read more about the charity at www.rabi.org.uk.