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 4th November

The Jump Season Preview Raceday begins with the That Friday-Ad Feeling Maiden Hurdle (1.10) and Touchthesoul can mark himself down as one to follow for Gary Moore with victory. Formerly trained in France, he ran a blinder on his first go over timber for his new connections in a listed contest at Kempton a fortnight ago and a repeat of that form should be good enough to see him win.

Penny Mallow catches the eye in the Heart Turn Up The Feel Good Mares' Novices' Hurdle (1.40). She hails from a family Venetia Williams and connections have enjoyed plenty of success with and won a bumper at Fakenham last season before shaping well in a warm event at Cheltenham. Jumping will surely be her game and this could be a good opening with the test sure to suit.

We'll give Hit The Highway another chance in the Revived Inns Novices' Handicap Chase (2.10). Previous comments about him being on a good mark despite his losing run still apply and he plugged on for third in a stronger race over course and distance a fortnight ago.

First time up could be the time to catch Acey Milan in the feature John And Jean Taylor's Diamond Anniversary Handicap Hurdle (2.40). A smart bumper performer two seasons back, Anthony Honeyball's charge returns to the scene of his novice hurdle win following wind surgery and there is an air of unfinished business about him.

Shintori wouldn't be one for the Christmas money but still makes the most appeal in the SW Catering Handicap Chase (3.10). He's a notoriously weak finisher but still found enough to win similar events here and at Fontwell last season and should be ready to go for Jack Barber.

Sir Egbert makes plenty of appeal in the Tie The Knot Catering Handicap Hurdle (3.40). He ploughed through the mud to win over fences at Newbury a year ago and made a pleasing return in a decent handicap chase at Wetherby under Richard Johnson. He can exploit a lower hurdles mark here.

O'Rahilly gets the vote in the concluding Book For Christmas At Plumpton Now Handicap Hurdle (4.10). He took another step forward when fourth behind the thriving Magen's Moon over two miles here a fortnight ago and will surely be suited by today's longer trip.


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