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 www.timeform.com, or follow Timeform on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Timeform) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/timeform1948).
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Raceday Preview – Monday 10th February
Calva d'Auge can make it three wins from five starts for Paul Nicholls in the That Friday-Ad Feeling Novices' Hurdle (2.15). He scored here first time up for the yard in autumn and resumed winning ways under Harry Cobden in a big field at Wincanton last month. The heavy ground will be fine and he has plenty going for him once again.
The Flying Sofa is a really likeable performer and Gary Moore's charge can take the latest Cheltenham Festival Bonus Series race, the SW Catering Chase (2.45). He battled well when opening his account over fences at Fakenham and has more to offer back at the scene of his Easter maiden hurdle success.
Ding Ding has been given a nudge by the handicapper and could notch up a seventh Plumpton success in the Extech Cloud - Humanising It Handicap Hurdle (3.15). Sheena West's popular mare drops back to arguably her optimum trip in a race she won in 2017 and a return to form could be imminent.
Further Plumpton glory also beckons for Wenceslaus in the Crystal Services Commercial And Domestic Cleaning Handicap Chase (3.45). He made it three wins in East Sussex for David Bridgwater with a bloodless victory a fortnight ago and is open to further improvement.
The Tin Miner can strike again for Chris Gordon in the Strong Flavours Catering Handicap Hurdle (4.15). He's gone up just 2 lb for his game front-running victory under Tom Cannon here three weeks ago and will appreciate this longer trip.
Lady Chartreuse remains lightly raced for Venetia Williams and could be the answer to the Sky Sports Racing Mares' Handicap Hurdle (4.45). She may have needed her Hereford return after a year off and has a race like this in her judged on her second in the mud at Lingfield in December 2018.