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, or follow Timeform on Twitter ( and Facebook ( Philip can be contacted directly on:

Monday 26th February

With jumps racing likely to be thin on the ground in the coming week it was great to see Monday’s seven-race card get the go-ahead and it produced some exciting winners.

The Premier Celtic opened his account in good style for Pat Phelan in the Howdens Insurance Maiden Hurdle (2.00). He stayed on well under Niall Madden to overhaul favourite Royal Ruby in the closing stages and could have more to offer as he steps up in trip.

Holbrook Park made the most of a very good opportunity in the four-runner Enhanced Place Odds At 188Bet “Confined” Novices’ Chase, landing cramped odds for Neil King and young rider Harry Teal. His main rival Minmore Present was found to have bled.

Sixties Idol was a belated winner in the Bet & Watch At Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (3.00). Sheena West’s mare was scoring at the twenty-sixth time of asking but pulled clear readily under Marc Goldstein.

Not Never was the horse to take out of the meeting as he continued his improvement with an impressive success in the R.A.B.I./Joan Collison Memorial Handicap Hurdle for Gary and Jamie Moore. The Sussex Champion Hurdle back at Plumpton at Easter will be right up his street.

Greyed A was a fortunate winner in the Best Odds Guaranteed At 188Bet Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase, left clear at the last with the luckless fall of Invicta Lake.

Mickieblueeyes put in a good round of jumping as he took the Strong Flavours Catering Handicap Hurdle for Diana Grissell under Jack Sherwood. The six-year-old, a bumper winner at Plumpton, is progressing well, and there are more races here to be won with him.

The Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Mares’ bumper could throw up some winners and Queen’s Magic was impressive on the day for Neil Mulholland, quickly putting the race to bed in the straight. She could make up into a useful stayer over jumps in time.

Raceday Review - 26th February 2018

Raceday Review - 26th February 2018