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