Tarquinius backed for Sussex National glory
JUMP racing fans received a timely boost on Sunday morning following the abandonment of Sandown on Saturday, when Plumpton passed a second inspection at 9am.
The corresponding meeting last year was lost to the weather, but thanks to the intervention of frost sheets, today's meetingfeaturing the At The Races Sussex National has beaten the elements.
Charlie Mann: 'must have a chance'PICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Punters reacted to the news by steaming into the Charlie Mann-trained Tarquinius, who is a general 4-1 second-favourite for the big race, having been available at 13-2 this morning.
Mann was upbeat about the chances of his lightly-raced seven-year-old, who finished second at Warwick on his latest run.
The trainer said on Saturday: "He'lllove the ground and the trip, jumps really well and stays. He's quite well handicapped, has a light weight and must have a chance."