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 Monday 3rd December 2018

A quality card begins with the Silly Moo Sussex Cider Maiden Hurdle (12.30) and features one of last season's leading bumper performers in Acey Milan, who can get off the mark over jumps for Anthony Honeyball. He made a pleasing return at Ffos Las when splitting a couple of other useful jumps prospects and seems sure to improve.

All eyes will be on Kalashnikov in the Sky Sports Racing Novices' Chase (1.00), the second race in Plumpton's £60,000 Cheltenham Bonus Series, and Amy Murphy's exciting five-year-old should get the job done. The Betfair Hurdle winner wasn't foot-perfect first time up over fences at Warwick, but is open to tons of improvement and is expected to be one of this season's top novice chasers.

Royal Claret makes plenty of appeal in the Tysers Mares' Handicap Hurdle (1.30). She made a fine return when second at Chepstow and this stiffer test will suit.

Empreinte Reconce can resume winning ways in the Cranbrook Underwriting's Bob Katzaros Celebration Novices' Hurdle (2.00). Colin Tizzard's charge was successful first time up over hurdles at Newton Abbot in the spring and shaped as if better for the run in a hot Chepstow race on her return. Her owner had a remarkable seven winners on Saturday afternoon.

Cheque En Blanc can follow up his win here a fortnight ago in the Tysers Handicap Chase (2.30). He was having just his second start over the larger obstacles and stayed on well under Jamie Moore. The shorter trip shouldn't inconvenience him and he can go in again.

The Moores can quickly double up with new recruit Cassivellaunus fancied to take the Sky Sports Racing Sussex National 6th January Handicap Hurdle (3.00). He was a winner here for his previous yard earlier in the year and should be ready to roll.

The concluding bumper, the Back Yard Coffee Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race (3.30) can go to a newcomer, with the mare Escort'namix making most appeal before market clues. Her yard enjoy plenty of success in these races and are among the winners.