1.40 – Buy The Plumpton History Book Now Maiden Hurdle
Richard Hannon will have his first runner at Plumpton when Cuban Cigar lines up in the opening maiden hurdle. The trainer has earmarked Cuban Cigar as a potential Triumph Hurdle contender if he runs well on Monday, and he can be backed at 200-1 for the Cheltenham Grade 1 in March. The juvenile finished runner-up at Kempton earlier this month, which was an improvement on his fifth-place effort at Leicester on his hurdling debut. In opposition is the Gary Moore-trained Dirham Emirati, who finished three-quarters of a length behind Cuban Cigar in that Kempton contest. He showed some handy form on the flat (1 win from 5 runs) when trained by Kevin Philippart De Foy, and even earned a start in the Group 2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot. The Phillip Hobbs-trained Coolnaugh House is one to keep an eye on following his third-place effort on his hurdles debut at Warwick last month, with the winner of that contest looking well above average.
2.10 – Global Herbs Novices’ Handicap Chase
Gary Moore’s Guguss Collenges is back for more after finishing first and second in his last two starts at Plumpton on December 13 and January 2 respectively. He drops down in trip slightly to 2m1f after being beaten by a short head last time and is ridden by Jamie Moore. Zamani has been dropped 2lbs by the handicapper following his fourth-placed effort here on January 19 and it’s hard to see him finishing too far out the frame, while 13-year-old Jappeloup bids for his first win for local trainer Diana Grissell.
2.40 – Southern Events Novices’ Hurdle
Hecouldbetheone could be tough to beat for Gary and Jamie Moore in this 2m4½f novices’ hurdle. The 122-rated five-year-old won on his hurdles debut at Fontwell on Boxing Day before bumping into one of Nicky Henderson’s promising youngsters at Newbury on January 19. Hecouldbetheone finished second to Walking On Air that day – who is currently a top-price 9-1 for the Grade 1 Ballymore Hurdle in March – whilst giving him 7lbs, so the form looks strong enough to justify strong favouritism here. The Evan Williams-trained Social City has some solid form on the flat and could prove to be the biggest danger to Hecouldbetheone.
3.10 – betting.bet Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
Ten runners line up for the £16k feature of Monday’s card and it looks a very hot contest. David Pipe’s six-year-old Paricolor could be a solid option to hit the frame after winning comfortably at Bangor last month. Rated 125, he is the topweight for this conditional jockeys’ contest but Phillip Armson takes off a useful 6lbs. The David Dennis-trained Innisfree Lad returns to hurdles after his 10-length chase win at Plumpton on January 19. Interestingly his hurdles mark of 123 is 12lbs lower than his BHA chase rating, so he may well prove to be well handicapped under Jack Andrews. Bard Of Brittany seeks his third course success for Sheena West and won at this meeting in 2020, while Emma Lavelle will be hoping for more success following Paisley Park’s unbelievable win on Saturday. She lines up Minella Buster, who obliterated the field in a maiden hurdle at Plumpton on December 21.
3.40 – Follow Plumpton On Instagram Handicap Chase
Rose Of Aghaboe was a narrow second to Moroder here on December 21 – who has since won again at Exeter – and Nick Gifford will hope he goes one better over the same course and distance. Tabitha Worsley has been on top form of late (+£100 to a level £1 stake over the last fortnight, with a 33/1 winner on Friday and a 125/1 second), so having her aboard Rose Of Aghaboe can only be a positive. Representing Bob is three from three over fences this season, rising from a mark of 83 to 107 in the process, and is Jamie Snowden’s only runner of the day. He looks open to further improvement and connections will hope he can make it four chase wins on the bounce under Gavin Sheehan.
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14 runners go to post for this two-mile 0-100 handicap hurdle and kudos to anyone who finds the winner as it looks a very competitive affair. Hey Bob is the obvious place to start after his two-length win over course and distance on December 13. The Olly Murphy-trained 10-year-old has been raised 5lbs for that win, which may not be enough to stop him going close again. Topweight Legal Ok – who is trained, ridden and owned by amateur Phil York – makes his first start since an impressive 10-length win at Plumpton back in December 2020. The other course winner in the field is Suzi Best’s Global Wonder, who was second to Hey Bob last time and runs of a 3lb higher mark this time. It is brilliant to welcome Josh Moore back to Plumpton for the first time since falling here on October 18. He rides Systemic for dad Gary, which is his only ride of the day.