1:55 – Sky Sports Everyone Loves A Local Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
The card kicks off at 1:55 with this 2m4½f Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle and Fishcake makes her hurdles debut for Nicky Henderson. A half-sister to the Willie Mullins-trained Monkfish, who is a four-time Grade 1 winner and two-time Cheltenham Festival hero, Fishcake brings plenty of class to this race and should be good enough to win if she can show even a fraction of the ability her big brother possesses. She could only finish seventh on her sole bumper appearance in February so will need to improve from that, but Nico De Boinville will be hoping his only ride of the day will be a winning one.
2:30 – Download The At The Races App Handicap Chase
Despite only four runners lining up for this 0-115 chase, it looks a competitive affair. The Anthony Honeyball-trained Le Coeur Net has finished runner-up twice at Plumpton this season and will be looking to go one better under James Bowen, who rides the 10-year-old for the first time. The Flying Sofa finished a narrow second in the Sussex Champion Chase last season and sneaks into this contest with a rating of 116, which looks a very winnable mark. Fairway Freddy has been dropped 4lb for his third-placed effort here on February 14th which could make him more competitive, while Chef D’Equipe has been pulled up on three of his last four starts and looks hard to back with any confidence under David Maxwell.
3:05 – Sky Sports Publicans Day Out Novices’ Handicap Hurdle
The Gary Moore-trained Legal Rights has won three of his last four starts and the handicapper may not have caught up with him yet after only putting him up 5lbs for his win at Fontwell on February 27th. Morfee returns to hurdles after falling over fences on his last start, while Tigerten finished a respectable 4th on his hurdles debut here in January and is not without a chance under Jamie Moore.
3:40 – Watch Sky Sports At Your Local Handicap Chase
Five-time course winner I See You Well returns to Plumpton for the first time since finishing 6th in the Sussex National on January 2nd will look to go one better than his second-place finishes the last twice at Fontwell and Wincanton. Eragon De Chanay finished one place ahead of I See You Well in the Sussex National and he bids to bounce back from unseating his rider in the Grand Military Gold Cup on March 8th. Captain Tommy is 3lb lower than his last win and comes into this off the back of a second-placed effort at Leicester last month.
4.15 – Watch Live Racing At Your Local Handicap Chase
Seven-year-old Flaminger had dropped to a double figure mark for the first time in his career following a fourth-placed effort here on February 28th. That run was over 2m1f so it is a steep rise in trip to 3m1½f, especially given he’s never tackled three miles before. Stablemate Call Off The Dogs finished runner-up at Fontwell on March 9th and will go close if he can tidy up his jumping, while Pour Une Raison has been disappointing of late but sports a visor for the first time since winning at Warwick last year which could help him bounce back to form.
4.50 – At The Races App Market Movers Handicap Hurdle
A competitive nine-runner race concludes the card and there are plenty of angles to consider in this. The Pat Phelan-trained Hackbridge won over course and distance in October and returns to jumping after a win on the Lingfield all-weather last month. He has to fancied with the ground in his favour, but Sword Beach is also attractive on his handicap debut off a mark of just 96. The Alan King-trained five-year-old was rated 85 on the flat, so could have plenty in hand if he can iron out a few jumping issues. Systemic was going well when falling at the last here on January 31st and followed that with a second-placed effort at Huntingdon last week. He should go well again.