Wednesday 13th February - Injured Jockeys Fund Charity Raceday
Plumpton was in the spotlight everywhere on Wednesday as the action resumed after a shutdown and the best race of the day in the country might well have been the opening Happy Birthday Kim Shaw Novices' Hurdle, with last year's Champion Bumper-fourth Acey Milan bouncing back to form with victory under Aidan Coleman. Anthony Honeyball's charge saw off the challenge of The Flying Sofa and previous Plumpton-winner Baddesley Knight, all three potentially useful and sure to win more races between them.
Voy Por Ustedes for Alan King remains the only winner of Plumpton's Cheltenham Festival Bonus Series and the Barbury Castle-handler could have a solid contender for the 2019-prize in Good Man Pat, who did well to win the Sedgefielders Chase. He'd caught the eye in third behind Master Dino and Knocknanuss here last month and took a fine step forward with victory under Wayne Hutchinson, hampered by the fall of Midnight Tune at the second last but overcoming it in good style. The novice handicap chase on the first day of Cheltenham could be where he ends up.
Duc de Beauchene landed a gamble in good style in the IEP Financial Handicap Hurdle in the colours of J.P. McManus for David Pipe and Tom Scudamore. He looked to have plenty left in the tank and should win again.
A lot of water has gone under the bridge since Little Boy Boru finished second in the 2015 Lanzarote, but, back at the scene of his last win, Suzy's Smith's charge ended a losing run in the Support The IJF Handicap Hurdle under the promising Ben Godfrey.
Micquus caused a surprise on his return to fences in the Strong Flavours Catering Novices' Handicap Chase. The oldest runner in the field and 10 lb out of the weights, he took advantage of the weak-finishing-favourite Shintori in the closing stages under James Best to give Seamus Mullins a third winner of the season at Plumpton.
Another gamble on the day came to fruition as Hope's Wishes struck under Jordan Nailor in the Book For Easter Now Conditional Jockeys' Mares' Handicap Hurdle for Barry Brennan. She edged out Riviere Argentee in a thrilling finish.