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 18th November

Quloob should get punters off to a winning start in the Sky Sports Racing On Sky 415 Novices' Hurdle (12.30). Gary Moore's charge shaped well tackling obstacles for the first time in a messy race at Ascot and seems sure to improve, not least over this longer trip.

The Download The Free At The Races App Chase (1.00) is a novice handicap and the first race in Plumpton's Cheltenham Festival bonus series. Champagne Court is turned out quickly after his deeply-impressive win at Sandown and can defy a penalty for Jeremy Scott. There was much to like about the way he took apart a decent-looking field on his first go over fences there, jumping well in the main and staying on strongly, and he could be destined for big things.

Goldslinger has been called plenty of names but could be worth another chance for Gary Moore in the Sky Sports Racing On Virgin 535 Selling Handicap Hurdle (1.30). A keen goer, he usually has plenty of supporters despite a strike rate of 1-18 over jumps, but wasn't disgraced in a strong seller for the grade at Stratford over further last time, and the handicapper has given him another helping hand.

Maebh is worth backing for a yard who do well at Plumpton in the Jumps Stable Tours Available On Amateur Riders' Handicap Hurdle (2.00). She ran well in a stronger race at Newton Abbot when last seen in the summer and won at this time last year for Seamus Mullins.

Le Coeur Net is a strong fancy in the Follow At The Races On Twitter Handicap Chase (2.30). Anthony Honeyball's charge didn't run a bad race in 3 visits to Plumpton as a novice two seasons back, winning over shorter and finishing second twice, including behind Duhallow Lad when proving too free in a messy contest. He will strip fitter for his recent Ffos Las return and will go well.

Cheque En Blanc is following a similar pattern to last year and can make it back-to-back wins in the long-distance Sky Sports Racing Handicap Chase (3.00). He came on plenty for his return to take this twelve months ago and looked in need of his Exeter reappearance over a much shorter trip this time around. He's a Sussex National contender if ever I've seen one.

Fizzlestix could be set for a big run in the Visit Handicap Hurdle (3.30). Chris Gordon's horse was in good form when last seen in spring 2018, going well in a course-and-distance handicap after a similar long absence before winning in the mud at Fontwell. There is an air of unfinished business about him after just seven runs under Rules and his rider looks tidy.


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