Whilst for many reasons 2021 has not been a great year thus far, the racing here at Plumpton has been fantastic at our two fixtures. On Wednesday 13th January it was Cyclop who gave us all a thrill as the winner of the Veterans’ Chase. Since the quite recent introduction of Veterans Races to the programme (in this one, for horses aged 10 or older), people love the old warriors still giving it their all after already having distinguished careers. Cyclop has been in rude health, winning 3 races this season already and ultimately won really easily, but not until a great tussle with the 150/1 shot Young Turk was won, who just got tired at the last fence. There were some really smart younger horses too and so do keep your eye out for the winners Here Comes Johny, Gericault Roque and Dobryn, but also Natural History and Loughan who ran great races in defeat.
Here at the racecourse, the NHS Testing Centre is still in operation, although happily it is certainly a lot quieter than it was in previous weeks. Obviously the groundstaff are particularly busy at this time of year with ground repairs, rail movements, hurdle repairs, tidying some storm damage and raceday set-up, whilst the office team are looking into updated operational plans, race analysis, budgeting and the ever changing guidance we need to open our doors on racedays. We hope you are coping well in your lifestyles and that we’ll be able to have you join us again soon.
Looking forward to today’s card, which needs to pass an 8am inspection due to a threat of frost (covers deployed on some vulnerable areas), the Tote have kindly provided some tips for the day, as well as a Placepot selection and so please do have a look through these below and enjoy the day – all the action is live on Sky Sports Racing (Channel 415).
1:50pm – Strong Flavours Catering Maiden Hurdle
A number of these have put up nice performances in their short hurdling careers, but two stand out. Natural History was placed in a Group 3 on the flat and managed to finish second over course and distance on hurdling debut, despite pulling far too hard. AHORSEWITHNONAME won three times for Brian Ellison before being pitched in at Listed level for Nicky Henderson. She finished second that day, bringing form that makes her the one to beat.
2: Natural History
2:20pm – tote.co.uk Novices’ Hurdle
Already winners over hurdles, Brewers Project and African Dance bring some smart form into the second race of the day, in particular the latter who is proven over the trip. They both, however, have to give nearly a stone to LILY PEDLAR who stuck on well in second behind Boothill over 2m at Taunton last month. That form has been given a boost since, giving her the slight nod.
1: Lily Pedlar
2: African Dance
2:50pm – Buy The Plumpton History Book Now Handicap Chase
ECHO WATT is the most solid of these having won three of his last five races, coming home best in the mud at Bangor lately. He’s up 4lbs but remains the one to beat. Plenty of others have bits of form that can see them go close. Young Turk chased home the resurgent Cyclop in a Veterans event here at a huge price last time, while last season’s Lincolnshire National winner Hugo N Taz is entitled to come on for his reappearance.
1: Echo Watt
2: Hugo N Taz
3:20pm – Download The Tote App Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
A number of these have been in decent form, but over shorter trips. CROSSGALESFAMEGAME is one of those, having stuck on well for a place in two of her last three outings. Her Cheltenham third last time looks a good piece of form and if confirming the visual impression could be better upped in trip. Potters Hedger’s last run was too bad to be true, but was a close second on his seasonal debut, and with a 10lb claimer on board here may bounce back.
2: Potters Hedger
3:50pm – Visit attheraces.com Novices’ Handicap Chase
Only CLONDAW ROBIN has previously got his head in front, and on recent showing looks the one most likely to win again. Two decent efforts over fences this season, most recently when second at Lingfield, when the front two pulled clear of the rest looks standout form. While he has to give weight all round Right Hand Of God has shown enough talent over hurdles to suggest he can go well.
1: Clondaw Robin
2: Right Hand Of God
4:20pm – Strong Flavours Catering Handicap Hurdle
SAWPIT SIENNA has been in good form and is probably the one to beat if coping with this drop in trip. Sergeant Brody stayed on nicely at the death on his seasonal reappearance last time, while Darkest Day chased home an improver over course and distance earlier this month. Both could go well.
1: Sawpit Sienna
2: Sergeant Brody
Suggested Tote Placepot perm
Race 1: Natural History (5)
Race 2: African Dance (1)/ Lily Pedlar (7)
Race 3: Echo Watt (2)/ Hugo N Taz (4)
Race 4: Crossgalesfamegame (3)
Race 5: Clondaw Robin (5)
Race 6: Darkest Day (4)/ Sergeant Brody (5)
Suggested Perm 1x2x2x1x1x2 = 8 bets @ 50p per bet = £4 total stake
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