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 Wednesday 16th January

Good afternoon and welcome back to Plumpton for Timeform Raceday. The pressure is on more than ever to find some winners and we should get off to the perfect start with Baddesley Knight in the Book For Plumpton's Easter Festival Now! Novices' Hurdle (1.30). Chris Gordon's charge returns to the scene of his bumper win after a couple of fine runs in novice hurdles this season. The form of his latest Sandown effort is very good, with recent course-scorer Phoenix Way one of four from that race to have won since.

Few of the eight runners in the Follow Smart Stats Live At Handicap Chase (2.00) can be ruled out but Gary Moore's Britanio Belle could be the way to go. It's not been plain sailing for him over fences after his early hurdles win three years ago, but he's dropped a long way in the weights and caught the eye at Lingfield last time. After a subsequent breathing operation a big revival could be on the cards here.

Get An Oscar makes plenty of appeal in the Free Alerts With My Timeform Tracker Handicap Hurdle (2.35). A bumper winner last summer, three quick runs in maiden hurdles almost certainly haven't got to the bottom of the Peter Bowen-trained five-year-old and she looks a certain improver now stepped up in trip for her handicap debut.

Thomas Crapper has been resurgent this season and has sound claims in the Download The Free Timeform App Veterans' Handicap Chase (3.10). He was successful on his first run in one of these events at Southwell in November and ran a cracker in an amateurs’ handicap at Sandown next time. A return to Cheltenham and class 2-company was a bridge too far on New Year's Day but these are much calmer waters and he can resume winning ways.

Manning Estate is worth another chance in the Strong Flavours Catering Novices' Hurdle (3.40) under the returning Leighton Aspell. He was a shade disappointing at Fontwell on Boxing Day but his hurdles debut here before that was full of promise. The step up in trip today is sure to suit and he can add to Oliver Sherwood's good record at Plumpton.

Somerset-trainer Jeremy Scott has been among the winners as 2019 has begun and Chance It looks very interesting starting out for the yard in the concluding SW Catering Handicap Hurdle (4.10). A twenty-three-race maiden wouldn't normally be crying out to be backed, but he is very well handicapped on the pick of his efforts in Ireland and punters might be wise to do just that - chance it!