Seaston Spirit and Aidan Coleman (number 3) en route to winning last year’s Sussex National

12.08 – Sky Sports Racing On Sky 415 Novices’ Hurdle
Chris Gordon won this race in 2020 with the smart Highway One O Two – who went on to land the Grade 2 Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle on his next start – and he is back with another exciting prospect in Aucunrisque. A narrow runner-up here on December 13, Aucunrisque will bid to get off the mark over hurdles with Tom Cannon aboard. Code Name Lise is interesting in opposition for Lucy Wadham and Bryony Frost. She makes her first start over hurdles following a third-placed effort in a Listed bumper at Cheltenham in November, while Grandeur D’Ame is bidding for back-to-back wins after scoring at Fakenham in October. The Emma Lavelle-trained Point Him Out is one to keep an eye on on his first British start. He made seven starts on the flat in the United States, winning once, and his level of market support is worth monitoring.

12.38 – Follow @attheraces On Twitter Novices’ Chase
After winning here convincingly on November 15th, Annual Invictus has already qualified for Plumpton’s £50,000 Cheltenham Bonus Series but is taking part in our fourth and final Bonus race of the season, where the winner will achieve £50,000 if they go on to win any Steeplechase at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival. A winner on three of his four starts at the track, Annual Invictus sets the standard but will have to give 6lbs away to the Gary Moore-trained Nassalam, who should appreciate the softer conditions and the step-up in trip after being beaten here on December 13th over 2m1f. The Colin Tizzard-trained Elixir De Nutz, winner of the 2019 Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle, is yet to score over fences but only finished a nose second on his last start at Exeter. He carries 4lbs less than Nassalam and 10lbs less than Annual Invictus which should put him right in the frame, however the stable form is of concern, with the Tizzards winless since the beginning of December. 

1.10 – Get Hugh Taylor’s Tips On EBF ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle
Essential Jaco won in tidy fashion on his hurdles debut at Lingfield last month for Gary Moore yard and bids to remain unbeaten over hurdles. His biggest challenger on form looks like Anthony Honeyball’s World Of Dreams, who has finished first and second on his two starts over hurdles. Chris Gordon won this race last year with the aforementioned Annual Invictus and runs Blade Runner in this year’s edition, who is making his rules debut. A Point-to-Point winner in October, Gordon purchased him for £75,000 in November and it will be interesting to see how he gets on under Tom Cannon. Lucy Wadham and Bryony Frost team up on Another Mystery, who is another making his hurdling debut.

1.45 – Free Replays On Handicap Hurdle
Two-time Plumpton winner Top Man sneaks into this 0-100 Handicap Hurdle and will bid to carry topweight to victory for Tom Cannon. He won over 3m1f here on November 15th and drops down in trip to 2m4½f for this contest. Clear The Runway makes his handicap debut off a mark of 100 and looks interesting for Laura Morgan and Adam Wedge, while Flaherty aims to get off the mark for the Moore stable on his fourth start.

2.20 – Sky Sports Racing Sussex National Handicap Chase
16 runners go to post for the £31,400 feature and it looks a really competitive renewal, with the last two winners Seaston Spirit and Christmas In April aiming to become the first horse to win the Sussex National twice. Cases can be made for plenty of the runners and Pemberley heads the market at the time of writing for Emma Lavelle and Tom Bellemy. He looks a solid option following a win and a second from two runs this season. I See You Well has won five times from seven starts at Plumpton, including a five-length win last time out on December 13th. He has been raised 5lbs for that success and that may not be enough to stop him going close again. David Pipe is represented by 5 runners and his best chance on form looks like D’Jango, who is being ridden by Tom Scudamore. He won a Grade 3 in France in testing conditions in May 2020 but has only run once for Pipe, finishing fourth at Wincanton last month. Eragon De Chanay represents Gary and Jamie Moore and he could be tempting for many off a career-low mark of 112. 

2.55 – Off The Fence On Handicap Chase
Plenty of Plumpton favourites line up in this 0-110 Chase including 13-year-old Finnegan’s Garden, who goes in search of his fifth course win for Andy Irvine and Page Fuller. The Chris Gordon-trained Ramore Will is another who likes it around here and he won this race in 2020. However, he was pulled up at Plumpton on December 21st when returning from a 490-day break. Guguss Collonges looks set to head the market as he bids to notch back-to-back Plumpton wins after his three-and-three-quarter-length success on December 13th.

3.30 – Zoe Davison Memorial Handicap Hurdle
Andy Irvine runs three horses in the inaugural running of the Zoe Davison Memorial Handicap Hurdle and both Mr Jack and Brown Bullet won on this card 12 months ago, while his other runner Whitlock is a course and distance winner having scored here on good ground in May last year. With 10 runners in total it looks a competitive contest and Overhaugh Street is an interesting runner for predominantly Flat trainer Ed de Giles. It’s just his third start over hurdles and he has been handed a mark of 89 following a win at Ludlow last month.