Monday December 3rd 2018 - Festive Fun Raceday
The crowds arrived at Plumpton to see the exciting chaser Kalashnikov strut his stuff and Amy Murphy's five-year-old didn't disappoint as he breezed to a second win over fences in the Sky Sports Racing Novices' Chase. Jack Quinlan barely had a moment of worry in the saddle and the Supreme runner-up was made joint-favourite for the Arkle in the aftermath of his triumph. He qualifies for Plumpton's £60,000 bonus if he wins at Cheltenham, and the Wayward Lad at Kempton on December 27th could be next on his agenda.
The Silly Moo Sussex Cider Maiden Hurdle threw up a few runners to keep on side, not least the impressive winner Third Wind, who belied an SP of 40/1 for Hughie Morrison and Tom O'Brien. The runner-up Fly To Mars, and third, Breaking Waves, should pick up races in the coming months.
Coole Well made all in the Cranbrook Underwriting's Bob Katzaros Celebration Novices' Hurdle. Jamie Snowden's charge was none the worse after a spill at Taunton on Thursday and looked very comfortable allowed to stride on under Max Kendrick. He should be competitive in handicaps.
On a day of big-priced winners Legend of France was another early Christmas present for the layers as she thwarted a gamble on Seaweed in the Sky Sports Racing Sussex National 6th January Handicap Hurdle. The Pat Phelan-trained mare proved game under Sean Houlihan.
The Tin Miner returned at 20/1 as he belatedly opened his account in the Tysers Handicap Chase for David Bridgwater and Tom Cannon.
David Pipe won the concluding bumper once again as Eden du Houx under Tom Scudamore made a successful start under Rules in the Back Yard Coffee-sponsored contest.
Royal Claret stayed on the strongest in the Tysers Mares' Handicap Hurdle for Tom Symonds and Ben Poste.