Today's racecards

Plumpton

  • 13:10 Jill's Big Birthday Beginners' Chase2m 4f

  • Winner £5,848 2nd £1,717 3rd £859 4th £429
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 18.20s
  • Off time: 13:10:16
13:10 Plumpton Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Opening Batsman (IRE) 20/1
2nd Hawkes Point 11/8

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 2223-22 Purple, White hollow box and star on cap Ballylifen (IRE) 14
Nag me
5 11-0 M R Channon C O'Farrell 14/115.00
3 135/125- RED, WHITE cross belts, hooped sleeves and star on cap Hawkes Point 234
Nag me
7 11-0 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 11/82.38
4 62022-1 DARK BLUE, PINK sash, PINK sleeves, DARK BLUE armlets, DARK BLUE cap, PINK spots Kuilsriver (IRE) 204
Nag meCourse Winner
5 11-0 t N J Gifford D F O'Regan 9/110.00
5 444210- Dark Blue, White sleeves, Dark Blue diamonds, White cap, Dark Blue diamonds Off The Ground (IRE) 268
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-0 Miss E C Lavelle D Elsworth 13/27.50
6 3511-60 Purple, white chevron, emerald green sleeves, white cap, purple star Opening Batsman (IRE) 44
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-0 H Fry N Fehily 20/121.00
7 86071-3 PINK and YELLOW diamonds, YELLOW sleeves and cap Pateese (FR) 205
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-0 P J Hobbs R Johnson 2/13.00
Non runners
26/2U5-F6Escort'men (FR)611-0A MiddletonNick Scholfield140

Verdict

Escort'men and Opening Batsman have left Paul Nicholls to join Anthony Middleton and Harry Fry respectively but the Ditcheat maestro still has HAWKES POINT, who may well prove the one to beat. He won on his reappearance last season and though only fifth in a Grade 1 hurdle at Aintree in April, was always going to make a better chaser than hurdler. Off The Ground and Pateese could be decent prospects over fences this season but also have an absence to overcome as does Kuilsriver, who won a handicap hurdle here in May on soft ground. Ballylifen has been placed in all eight starts under Rules and has had a couple of runs between the flags but will find easier opportunities than this.