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 www.timeform.com, or follow Timeform on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Timeform) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/timeform1948).

Philip can be contacted directly on: philip.spink@timeform.com

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Raceday Preview – Tuesday 21st December 

Boost the Christmas coffers by backing Wells Glory in the opening Derek Hunnisett Memorial Maiden Hurdle (12.20). He won a bumper in good style under Tom Scudamore on his debut here in May and has been found a good opening for his first go over hurdles.

The Cheltenham Festival Bonus Series continues with the Hollywoodbets Check Out Daily Boosted Odds Novices’ Chase (12.50) and Burrows Edge is worth another chance. It’s not been plain-sailing for Nicky Henderson’s charge since his victory in the Lanzarote in January 2020 and he looked very rusty back from twenty months off at Haydock recently. It’s too soon to give up on him though given the yard and the
promise he showed prior to falling on his previous attempt over fences at Ludlow, and it’s interesting to see him back out again so quickly.

Sacre Coeur looks set for a big run in the In Memory Of Susan Corrigan Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (1.25). A multiple winner in France, she’s not long with Jonjo O’Neill having been quite highly tried for Charlie Mann and ran a fine race when going down narrowly at Bangor eight weeks ago. She wasn’t beaten far by Diego du Charmil and Sebastopol - both rated in the 140s - in the Sussex Champion Hurdle Handicap here in April and has strong claims on that form.

It’s hard to look beyond Chanceux in the Theo’s Charm Memorial Novices’ Hurdle (2.00). He made all impressively under Nick Scholfield at Chepstow last month and can defy a penalty with similar tactics likely to be deployed.

Full Of Light makes plenty of appeal in the Ashes 50% Moneyback With Hollywoodbets Handicap Hurdle (2.35). A bumper winner in Ireland, he’s shown plenty in two runs over hurdles for Nicky Henderson in recent months, runner-up again in a Uttoxeter race likely to throw up plenty of improvers a fortnight ago. He’s almost certainly better than a mark of 108 and this longer trip will suit.

Rose Of Aghaboe is interesting in the G.E.White & Sons Agricultural Buildings Handicap Chase (3.05). She’s not fired this season but has dropped in the weights and is now well treated on the pick of her efforts over fences, while she won over the smaller obstacles on her only other visit to Plumpton. A revival could be forthcoming.

Red Windsor made an encouraging debut at Uttoxeter and can open his account in the concluding Southern Events Rudolph Christmas Cup bumper (3.35). Red Windsor wasn’t ideally placed on that occasion but probably wouldn’t have beaten the winner Duke Of Rockingham in any case such was the manner of that one’s success. He’s since made a very promising start over hurdles and there is more to come from Red Windsor too, this stiffer test sure to be to his benefit.

Raceday previews and reviews are provided by Timeform. Visit the website www.timeform.com, and follow on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Timeform) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/timeform1948).