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 March

The racing comes thick and fast at Plumpton and Shut The Box seems sure to be popular in the opening Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Maiden Hurdle (2.20). Chris Gordon's charge showed plenty to work on starting out over hurdles when chasing home Friday's Triumph winner Pentland Hills last month. He has some good bumper form and seems sure to improve with the prospect of a stiffer test on softer ground now sure to suit.

The Cull Bank looks a useful jumper in the making and can make it two from two under Rules for Alan King in the Mares' Novices' Hurdle (2.50). She impressed at Fontwell and seems sure to improve for this step up in trip.

Another Venture could prove to be the class act in the Follow At The Races On Twitter Handicap Chase (3.25). Kim Bailey's charge wasn't disgraced when fifth to Dawson City back from a break in the Devon National at Exeter last month. He's back on his last winning mark sporting new headgear now and could come good again.

Oscar Maguire could be set for a big run on his handicap debut in the Watch Sky Sports Racing In HD Handicap Hurdle (3.55). Hailing from the in-form Olly Murphy yard, who had the second and third in last week's Supreme at Cheltenham, Oscar Maguire has run in some hot novice hurdles this year and is the type to do a lot better now handicapping for all his opening mark doesn't look overly-generous.

The Tin Miner is worth another chance back at the scene of his December win in the Download The At The Races App Chase (4.25). He suffered another jumping lapse when exiting early at Fakenham a fortnight ago but this sort of mark should be within his reach and he could be hard to peg back if he can get into a good rhythm.

First Lord De Cuet should be hard to beat in the concluding Watch Today's Race Replays On bumper (4.55). He was well backed when starting out for David Pipe at Taunton, shaping best of all in second.