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New year cheer for racegoers as festival hopes clash at Plumpton on Sunday

Knocknanuss: an emphatic winner last time out at Newbury
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Racegoers are set for a treat at Plumpton on Sunday after a classy field of six stood their ground for the Follow At The Races On Twitter Novices' Chase.

Plumpton, which hosts the Bonus Series, a scheme awarding £60,000 to connections of any horse who wins one of the nominated novice chases at the track and then a chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March, has deservedly attracted some exciting names for the 2m3½f contest.  

French raider Master Dino, a general 16-1 shot for the JLT Novices' Chase at the festival, makes his first British start after winning his last five races by an aggregate of 48¾ lengths. 

Trained by Guillaume Macaire, the Simon Munir and Isaac Souede-owned five-year-old holds the highest official rating in the six-strong field at 157. 

Glenloe (far side): a close second at Cheltenham behind Delta Work

Gordon Elliott, who sends the first runner of his training career to the Sussex track, saddles the JP McManus-owned Glenloe. The eight-year-old finished runner-up to current RSA second favourite Delta Work in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle at the festival and will make his chasing debut and seasonal re-appearance under Barry Geraghty.

Gary Moore usually sends a runner or two to his local track and Knocknanuss is a particularly exciting prospect for the West Sussex trainer.


Watch Knocknanuss win impressively at Newbury


The nine-year-old's last visit to the track resulted in a crashing fall but since then he has bolted up at Fakenham and at Newbury where he beat the useful Kupatana by 17 lengths.

Connections of the Colin Tizzard-trained Slate House will be hoping a switch to fences will do the trick for the seven-year-old who failed to fulfil his potential over hurdles after beating subsequent festival hero Summerville Boy in the Grade 2 Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle in November 2017.

The field is completed by the Harry Fry-trained Onefortheroadtom and Good Man Pat, for trainer Alan King.


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Gary Moore usually sends a runner or two to his local track and Knocknanuss is a particularly exciting prospect for the West Sussex trainer
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