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 Sunday 12th May

Zamperini can take the opening race of Plumpton's final meeting of the season, the That Friday-Ad Feeling Maiden Hurdle (2.20). Gary Moore's charge has been running well on the level having made an encouraging start over hurdles for him at Wincanton at the start of the year and likely has more to come over jumps.

Sauvignon can pay for the drinks in the Happy 30th Birthday Timothy Mellett Handicap Hurdle (2.55). She went close on her first run for George Baker at Taunton recently and can go one better if turning up in the same sort of form now.

Belmont Park is chanced against a fair few who have taken each other on recently in the Brewers Decorator Centre Cup Handicap Chase (3.30). He didn't last very long at Huntingdon last time but still retains plenty of ability judged on his previous runs here this year and probably has a race in him.

Istimraar made a winning return on a historic day for Dan Skelton here over Easter and can follow up in the Julie Brown Memorial Handicap Hurdle (4.05). He's back over the smaller obstacles now and is just the sort that could rack up a sequence this summer.

Royal Hall looks set for a big run for Gary Moore in the Mayfield Sussex Hop Gin Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (4.40), the final of the Racing Excellence Series. He completed a hat-trick in good style in a qualifier over further here in October and could have more to offer in a re-fitted visor having been seen just twice in the meantime.

Goodthyneaway is hard to get away from in the Backyard Coffee Handicap Chase (5.15). He won back-to-back races at Southwell for Dan Skelton last season and ran well at Uttoxeter last week, fading over the longer trip. If this doesn't come too soon he'll be hard to beat back over two and a half miles.

Mount Windsor should take the concluding Sky Sports Racing On Sky 415 bumper (5.45). He improved to win in good style at Fontwell and should relish this longer trip.


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