1:55 – Support The Sussex Cancer Fund Maiden Hurdle
The seven-race card kicks off with a two-mile maiden hurdle and the Gary Moore-trained juvenile Saligo Bay will be hoping to go one better than the second-placed efforts on his previous two starts. He was a useful winner on the flat (rated 78) and has already had a bit of course experience when finishing runner-up to Storm Hill here on February 28th. Alto Alto, who was third at Taunton on his last start, is likely to give him the most to think about, while French flat winner Mamluk is also interesting making his second start for Christian Williams.
2:30 – Global Herbs Supporting Equine Athletes Handicap Hurdle
Hiway One O Three will be bidding for a hattrick of wins after scoring at Carlisle and then Fakenham eight days later when avoiding a penalty. He is 12lb up from those two wins which may not be enough to stop him going in again for Chris Gordon and Tom Cannon. Strike The Flint won here on September 19th for Suzy Smith but was pulled up on his subsequent start at Wincanton and he will have to prove he is back to form after 171 days off the track. Hit The Rocks was only beaten a length over two miles here on March 21st and he should be in the mix again after only going up 1lb for that effort, with the longer 2m4½f trip an added bonus on the evidence of his last run.
3:05 – Hollywoodbets Appreciation For Sussex Cancer Centre Handicap Chase
The Milton Harris-trained Len Brennan was an impressive winner over course and distance on February 28th and was only narrowly beaten at Exeter last time out off his current mark of 112. Fellow C&D winner Prairie Town has been slightly hit-and-miss this season but is now only 3lb higher than his previous winning mark in January. Gleno returns to fences after being narrowly beaten by Kansas City Chief here on March 14th, while Seamus Mullins will hope the youngster of the field – seven-year-old Tommie Beau – can continue the trainer’s impressive course form this season.
3:40 – Hollywoodbets Celebrates Fighters Of Cancer Handicap Hurdle
The Colin Tizzard-trained Bourbali won comfortably at Sandown last time out and bids to follow up on that success in this feature contest over 2m4½f. Lord Baddesley is likely to give him the most to think about, with his fourth-placed effort in the £150,000 Betfair Hurdle an attractive piece of form. Burrows Edge – who runs in the same colours at Cheltenham Festival sensation Constitution Hill – has been disappointing this season but sneaks into this contest off a mark of 127 and is the only runner of the day here for Nicky Henderson.
4:15 – Hollywoodbets Proud To Support Sussex Cancer Fund Handicap Hurdle
10-year-old Good News sets the standard here following his comfortable course and distance success on February 28th. However, despite being 12lbs out of the handicap, Precious looks interesting on her handicap debut. The six-year-old mare made a winning debut here in a bumper in December 2020 but has finished down the field in five subsequent starts. However, she is tried over 3m1f for the first time in this – a furlong further than she has previously run – and could be a surprise package for Anthony Honeyball and Rex Dingle.
4.50 – West Sussex Breast Screening Service Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase
Three-time course winner En Coeur has finished in the first three on all six of his starts this season (winning once) and there is nothing to suggest he won’t be in the mix at the finish again. The Christian Williams-trained Loup De Maulde was only beaten a head last time out over two-miles and would have won but for making a big mistake at the last. He is up 4lbs for that effort which may not be enough to stop him scoring a first career win. 10-year-old Darebin brings plenty of experience to this contest and has dropped to a mark of 106 which may underestimate him.
5.23 – Strong Flavours Catering Mares’ Open National Hunt Flat Race
The Chris Gordon-trained Presenting A Queen is out of a sister to Grade 2 winner Royal Regatta and cost connections €55,000 when purchased from Goffs as a store in August 2020. She made a winning debut in a Newbury bumper last month and will be well fancied by many to remain unbeaten on Sunday, but may face stiff competition from winner Point-to-Pointer Desert Fortune. Christian Williams forked out £80,000 for Desert Fortune in January and she makes her rules debut in this under Jack Tudor. Konigin Isabella is likely to be the best of the rest after placing in two of her three bumper starts to date.