Double Dizzy lands dramatic Sussex National
Report: Plumpton, Monday
At The Races Sussex National 3m5f, 5yo+
DOUBLE DIZZY landed a dramatic renewal of the Sussex National at Plumpton on Monday, in which five of the nine runners either fell or were brought down.
The winner, trained by Bob Buckler, was always going well for Andrew Glassonbury and jumped best throughout the marathon contest before taking up the running on the final circuit and easing to a comfortable 15-length victory.
The complexion of the race changed enormously at the very first flight when outsider Zimbabwe took a crashing fall, which severly hampered Mid Div And Creep and led to 3-1 second-favourite Diamond Brook being brought down.
Evella made the running in the early stages along with 13-8 favourite Strongbows Legend, who was chasing his second successive victory after an easy win at Hereford last time out.
However, Strongbows Legend crashed out down the back straight on the second circuit, which left a depleted field of six to battle it out.
Coming into the home straight for the second time, Rate Of Knots was another of runners to take a tumble and Justabout, ridden by conditional jockey Brendan Powell, took the lead as the runners went out on their final circuit.
Bob Buckler: winning trainerPICTURE: Martin Lynch
8-1 chance Double Dizzy was quietly popping away in the midfield as Mid Div And Creep, who was tailed off for the majority of the race, began to stay on under Gina Andrews.
Near The Water was the final faller as the field began to tire and it was Double Dizzy and Justabout who were the pair left to fight out the finish after Evella was pulled-up.
Once 11-year-old Double Dizzy struck the front he drew readily clear to win easily ahead of Justabout and Mid Div And Creep.
Winning trainer Buckler said: "I've always said he had another good win in him. It's brilliant. This was his 62nd race for me and he's been a grand old servant.
"I was a bit worried about him being in front so soon but at least I knew he'd stay the trip and he'll be back at Cheltenham for the cross-country."
Buckler added: "I'm delighted for Martyn Forrester (owner-breeder) as his father died recently, which is why he could not make it to the track today."
The horses and riders involved in each fall all got up unscathed.