Lots on at Plumpton’s Ladies Day on Sunday

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IT’S Ladies Day at Plumpton racecourse this Sunday and, alongside the scheduled seven race card, there are a whole host of additional attractions to make it a day for the whole family to enjoy.

More than 150 entries have been received at the five-day stage giving the promise of some competitive racing and some exciting spectacles for the potentially bumper crowd to enjoy.

Local trainers and owners feature heavily amongst those entries and Heart of the South Racing are keen to run Il Portico from the Sussex yard of Gary Moore on a day when they will be represented on course in their continuing efforts to offer the opportunity to racing enthusiasts to get closer to the heart of the sport they love.

Indeed, they will be running a competition where the winner will be able to enjoy a day as an owner, which includes meeting the trainer and jockey in the paddock (and hopefully the winner’s enclosure) as well as experiencing all the other facilities open to owner’s on race days.

The racecourse are also offering an all-inclusive seven-day holiday to Turkey for the winner of the best dressed lady competition as well as extra prizes such as a hot air balloon ride and a weekend stay at a quality local hotel.

FREE ENTRY FOR U18s

More information about the many other attractions on the day is available at www.plumptonracecourse.co.uk and remember that all accompanied children under 18 receive free entry to the course.

The first Classic races of the new Flat season were run last weekend and the victory of the Irish challengers in both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas adds further weight to the view that this year’s crop of three-year-olds may well be dominated in terms of quality by the Emerald Isle.

Prior to the 2000 Guineas, the biggest concern surrounding the long time ante post favourite Camelot was his ability to show enough pace to win at a mile in the highest class.

The Aidan O’Brien trained colt put those slight fears to bed when picking up nicely to see off his rivals in comprehensive style and is now a very tight favourite to add the Derby to this success in early June.

Undoubtedly the extra emphasis on stamina that the soft ground conditions demanded was of a help to him but the manner of his victory and the slant towards middle distances in his pedigree make Camelot very difficult to oppose in the Epsom classic on what we have seen to date.

Local Sussex riding star Ryan Moore added another Classic success to his impressive CV when enjoying an easy win in the 1000 Guineas aboard another Aidan O’Brien blue blood, Homecoming Queen.

A half sister to both Dylan Thomas and Queens Logic the potential to win a race of this stature was written across her pedigree.

But her prior racecourse performances had in no way suggested she was a leading player here and her position in the betting market reflected that.

The long delay prior to the start of this contest and the fact she was at the peak of fitness, an advantage she had over a number of her rivals, has cast a little doubt over the true merit of her performance.

However, she did ultimately win by nine lengths and her admirable, determined attitude may indicate she is a late maturing type of filly who has just taken time to take to her trade.

Only time will tell in that respect but Ryan was certain she will get further and trainer O’Brien will head to the middle distance Classics in June with a very strong hand to play.

Good luck to the home defence, they will need it.