By Jeannie Knight
LEWES jockey Marc Goldstein was in fine form with a double at Plumpton’s Ladies Day yesterday- the popular track’s final meeting before a summer break.
His first victory came on board Ya Hafed, a seven-year-old gelding trained by Sheena West at Lewes in the Handicap Chase over three miles two furlongs.
This was his second win for the trainer at the track recently, having won previously on Mr Muddle.
He went on to complete a double with Venetian Lad, trained by Lydia Richards at Funtington, near Chichester.
Lydia said: “He likes Fontwell Park and Plumpton and has won at both. He has won on good and soft ground and it helped today because he had been dropped in weight by a few pounds.
The opening maiden hurdle race was won by 6-4 favourite Ryeolliean, ridden by Nick Scholfield, owned by Bryan Fry and trained by Gary Moore at Horsham.
The 6-4 favourite had come to Plumpton on the back of a disappointing Flat run and his owner was delighted with the victory.
A presentation was made at the meeting to clerk of the course Mark Cornford, in recognition of his 35 years at Plumpton racecourse. Mark originally started working as a casual member of staff in the 1970’s and has not missed an Easter Festival at Plumpton in more than 45 years.
He joined full-time ranks in May 1980. The chief executive of Plumpton racecourse, Emma Santer, said: ”Mark’s contribution to the grass roots of racing has been remarkable and has been instrumental in the improvements throughout the course over the years.”