Plumpton’s jump meeting on Monday afternoon has attracted a competitive card with plenty of runners and we will provide Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for three of the races taking place, starting with a two mile four and half furlong handicap hurdle at 2.45pm.
Our second Horse Racing tip runs in the 3.45pm race, a Class 3 two mile handicap hurdle. Our final tip of the day comes in the finale at 4.15pm, another contest run of the smaller obstacles and over the distance of two mile four and a half furlongs.
Our Tip for the 2.45pm at Plumpton:
An excellent turnout for this Class 3 handicap hurdle headed by the hat-trick-seeking Dan Skelton-trained Shannon Bridge. The mount of 7lb amateur Mr Tristan Durrell looks up against it on a mark of 140 however, especially with a few unexposed rivals lurking further down the weights.
Raf Tavel is interesting on his third start since joining trainer Ben Pauling from France, while Bard Of Brittany, Hell Red and Franco d’Aunou are all capable of going well. But on his first run in a handicap, the JP McManus-owned and Nicky Henderson-trained The Bomber Liston could have been let in lightly with an opening mark of 122.
The son of Yeats had some decent Bumper form before making his debut over hurdles at Hexham back in July. While only third on that occasion, the five-year-old failed to get the rub of the green at the Northumberland track and is better judged on his most recent start when running out a comfortable 10 length winner at Uttoxeter four weeks ago.
James Bowen’s mount, on just his third run over the bigger obstacles, has plenty of potential and time may show his current handicap mark to be on the lenient side.
Our Tip for the 3.45pm at Plumpton:
The lightly-raced Sea Prince, winner of two of his four starts over hurdles, is sure to prove popular off a mark just 4lb higher than when narrowly beaten at Hexham on the last day of August. Kielan Woods’ mount is sure to make a bold bid from the front but those tactics may play into the hands of Plumpton specialist Mr Jack.
The Papal Bull gelding has already recorded two victories on the track this year, one for previous trainer Zoe Davison on 3rd January and three weeks later for current handler Andy Irvine. The mount of 5lb claimer Niall Houlihan won his last two starts, both at Fakenham in March, and is taken to land the hat-trick off what still looks a fair mark of 112.
Our Tip for the 4.15pm at Plumpton:
Following recent victories at Fontwell and Fakenham, the Gary Moore-trained Jumping Cats is probably the one to beat in this modest handicap hurdle. After two wins and a second at Ascot on Saturday, the stable is clearly in good heart at the moment.
From a value perspective however, the each-way value may lie with the eight-year-old mare Methag, heavily backed to win at Hexham on her reappearance a month ago before being pulled up. It later transpired that the mount of Kielan Woods was found to have excessive nasal discharge as well as losing her right fore shoe.
Never travelling on that occasion, it should be safe to put a line through that below-par run, while a reproduction of her fine second earlier in the year, also at Hexham, would put the Alex Hales-trained contender in with an excellent chance of winning for the first time in almost two years.
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