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The Emma Lavelle-trained Young Butler appears to set the standard on form following his win at Chepstow in November, however he will have to bounce back from being pulled up and Ascot last month and has the added burden of carrying a penalty for his maiden win. Tigerten, a two-time winner on the flat, is an interesting prospect making his hurdling debut for David Bridgwater, while Tabitha Worsley will be hoping to follow up on Saturday’s 66/1 Wetherby winner aboard Point-to-Point winner My Bad Lucy.
2.00 – Betgoodwin Maiden Hurdle
A full field of 13 are set to contest this 2m maiden hurdle as Dream In The Park bids to get his nose in front after finishing second in his only two appearances under rules for Emma Lavelle. He tackles hurdles for the first time in this contest, unlike the Gary Moore-trained Mark Of Gold who finished second to the impressive Aucunrisque at Plumpton earlier this month. Barest Of Margins will try and make the frame for all cricket fans out there after finishing third at Plumpton on December 21, while Pat Phelan will hope things go right for ten-year-old Weardiditallgorong who is lining up over hurdles for just the second time.
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Seven high quality horses are in line to contest the feature £17k Veterans’ Handicap Chase. Between them they have won over £271k in prize-money and Venetia Williams will be hoping to continue her good form with Top And Drop. The 11-year-old will be ridden by promising claimer Ned Fox, who takes a useful 10lbs off Top And Drop’s back. Plumpton regular Cheque En Blanc will bid to score his third course win for Gary Moore and Niall Houlihan after finishing a narrow third to Moroder here on December 21, and the form has worked out well with Moroder winning at Exeter on Tuesday (January 18). Carrying joint topweight will be Grade 2 winner Rocky’s Treasure and the David Dennis-trained Innisfree Lad.
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Plumpton legend Ding Ding will bid for her seventh course success in this 3m1f contest. The Sheena West-trained mare finished fourth at Plumpton on November 15 and has regular rider Marc Goldstein aboard, but she has a tough race in prospect against Dr Richard Newland’s Dynamite Kentucky, who is 5lbs well-in at the weights after a convincing win at Exeter last Tuesday (January 11), with conditional jockey Cillin Leonard taking off another useful 5lbs.
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Seamus Mullins will be hoping En Coeur can continue his impressive record at Plumpton in this 2m1f chase. The eight-year-old has only finished out the places just once in six starts here – winning twice – and will be ridden by Michael Nolan. The Donald McCain-trained Blueberry Wine may prove popular in the market as he bids to follow up his Boxing Day win at Sedgefield, while connections of Flaminger will hope he can prove better than his current mark of 102 after dropping down the weights this season.
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Thirteen runners are set to go to post for the closing 2m handicap hurdle and it looks a very competitive contest with plenty in with chances. The Gary Moore-trained Tara Iti is the only juvenile in the field and could use his weight-for-age allowance to his advantage against older rivals. He is winless from five starts over hurdles but has placed on his last two starts. Poucor is one of two course and distance winners in this field and makes his first appearance for Kent trainer Cynthia Woods after moving from Barry Leavy’s yard. Dolly McQueen is the other CD winner, having landed a selling hurdle here on November 15. She followed that up with a win at Taunton before being beaten on the all-weather at Lingfield on January 4.