PLUMPTON racecourse stage their extremely popular two day Easter meeting on Sunday and Monday of this Bank Holiday weekend when the racing is traditionally supported by a variety of additional entertainment and events for everyone to enjoy, writes Jason Hall.
The early declarations promise the spectacle of some exciting racing and in addition the funfair, Easter Egg giveaway, Bonnet competition, live racecourse band and a variety of other attractions all help to generate a really enjoyable atmosphere.
The gates open at 11am and for those who have never been racing or are just occasional visitors there will be some racing experts and celebrities on hand to guide you through how to bet and give you their ideas of a few possible winners on the day.
Many regulars at this meeting like to bring along a picnic or barbecue and set themselves up by their cars in the centre of the course, but there is also a wide variety of food available from outlets around the course as well as a number of bars for liquid refreshment on what is forecast to be a hot and sunny Bank Holiday weekend.
Entry to the racecourse starts at £12 and includes a free race card with accompanied children under 18 allowed free entry.
Parking is free but of course the train is also a good option with the station adjacent to the racecourse.
On the Sunday of the meeting the Falmer trainer Sheena West has just the one entry and that is Screaming Brave in the feature race of the day, the 2m handicap hurdle.
This horse ran with great credit in the valuable Imperial Cup at Sandown on his penultimate start and the ground went against him last time at Newbury.
He should relish the forecast conditions here and the drop in grade and in the weights gives the gelding his best opportunity to register a win for some time.
The stable is in superb form at present and hopefully Screaming Brave will turn up and justify my confidence in his chance here.
The Sussex lady rider Gemma Gracey-Davison made the long journey north to Yorkshire on Sunday afternoon and was rewarded for her application with a winning ride at Wetherby.
Gemma showed her experience and strength in the saddle to see off a competitive field aboard her willing partner Hi Ho Silvia and so record her first win at the track.
Fruity O’Rooney scored for the Sussex syndicate Heart Of The South Racing at Fontwell on Tuesday.
His win under a penalty in the novice chase highlighted his excellent jumping and tenacious attitude.
He is a most admirable horse.
Grabtheglory, the highly-rated bumper horse trained by Gary Moore, was strongly fancied to get off the mark on the same card and was heavily backed to do so.
It looked a good contest beforehand and he eventually finished a respectable second to the decisive winner Royal Guardsman.
The optimism surrounding Grabtheglory remains and you must not forget the name of the winner, who is clearly a high class prospect.
I spoke with Suzy Smith’s assistant trainer Sergio Gordon-Watson earlier this week and asked him about the well being of Aimigayle prior to her bid on Saturday for success in the valuable Gold Cup at Sandown.
“Everything has gone according to plan and she is very well.
“We can’t wait for the day and think she will run very well.”
Good luck to all concerned with Aimigayle who has every right to be amongst the market leaders for this big end of season prize and will probably never have a better chance of winning such a prestigious event as this.