Phil Spink

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 (

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Raceday Preview

Sunday 23rd September

Bring all the family to Plumpton on Sunday 23rd September for the opening raceday of the 2018-19 season. There will be plenty of action both on and off the track, including a visit from Chase and Marshall from PAW Petrol, a Mascot Race and Fun Fair.

On the course a seven-race card begins with the Core Spreads Novices' Hurdle (2.20) and Panko will likely be hard to beat. He shaped really well when second at Stratford behind a taking winner who had caught the eye previously and looks certain to improve.

East Indies can make it back-to-back wins in the Core Spreads Handicap Hurdle (2.55). His course-and-distance form figures read 121 and he's back on the mark from which he took this last year. Expect a big run from Gary Moore's charge.

Orchestrated has returned in top form this summer and could be the answer to the Andrew "Super Wack" Jackson Memorial Handicap Chase (3.25). He chased home a well-treated one at Newton Abbot on the back of victory at Worcester after eight months off and could improve further.

Twenty Twenty can hit his rivals for six again in the Core Spreads Juvenile Hurdle (4.00). A half-brother to star hurdler Supasundae, he made a successful start over timber at Fontwell a fortnight ago and could win a few more of these three-year-old races in the coming weeks.

The tricky Bugsie Malone could be worth chancing in the Friends & Family Remembering Norman Sharpe Handicap Hurdle (4.30). He's very talented on his day but there is a streak of temperament in him and he let his backers down in a novice hurdle at Fontwell last month. He's clearly on a fair mark back in a handicap though, having been second in this last year.

Chris Gordon could be in the money again with King Cnut in the Core Spreads Novices' Handicap Chase (5.00). The four-year-old has always looked likely to come into his own over fences.

Tripartite can reward backers in the lucky last, the Core Spreads Handicap Hurdle (5.35). He's a fair winner on the Flat who has shaped with promise in maiden and novice hurdles and has the services of Plumpton's leading rider Jamie Moore on his handicap debut. An improved showing looks forthcoming.

Come along and enjoy a fantastic afternoon at Plumpton. All accompanied under 18s go free!

Gates open at noon with the first race at 2.20pm. Tickets on the day are £16 per person in the Picnic enclosure and £21 for the Grandstand and Paddock. Car parking is free.