Plumpton Course Guide

Racing has taken place at Plumpton since 1884 and the East Sussex course holds meetings throughout the winter, the highlight of which is the Sussex National Handicap Chase. Staged every January and run over three miles and five furlongs, the contest often has been won by horses that have progressed to win some big races including 2007 winner Dunbrody Millar, who went on to win the Topham Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree later that season.

Plumpton also stages a decent Novices Chase, run over two miles and one furlong in December. The 2005 renewal went to the Paul Nicholls-trained Voy Por Ustedes, who later won an Arkle, a Champion Chase, a Desert Orchid Chase, the Ascot Chase and two Melling Chases. History was made at Plumpton in February 2009 when Champion jockey Tony McCoy rode a record-breaking 3000th career winner aboard Restless D'Artaix in a two mile and one furlong Beginners’ Chase.


Left handed, tight and undulating. Despite the undulations, it's essentially a course which favours handy sorts thanks to the sharp turns. Races on the hurdles course often begin in earnest early on the final circuit, the complexion changing quickly at this point. Ranks high for casualties on the chase course, a figure which probably reflects the low standard of horses rather more than the stiffness of the fences. Beware those horses who stick to the inside on the hurdles track when the ground is testing, better going often found by racing wide.

If you’re on a good jumper at Plumpton, you need to employ that asset to the maximum. The fence at the top of the hill can catch a horse out, particularly a novice, and, if you’re on one that’s jumping nicely, there’s no point sitting in behind. Ideally, you need to steal a few lengths at that point and again at the bottom of the hill, where there’s another obstacle. On a good jumper there you can afford to be aggressive, whereas, on one that’s a bit tentative, you always feel you’re dabbing at the brakes.

View from the saddle: Mick Fitzgerald
Future Fixtures
  • Mon 25 January 2021
  • Mon 08 February 2021
  • Mon 01 March 2021
  • Mon 15 March 2021
  • Mon 22 March 2021
  • Sun 04 April 2021
Advance Going
Soft-heavy in places (inspection 8am)
Current Weather

Forecast: Cloudy
Temp: -2.5° - 4.6°
Rainfall: 0.12mm
Wind: 7.8 mph NW

Sunny spells

Forecast: Sunny spells
Temp: -0.1° - 5.3°
Rainfall: none
Wind: 6.1 mph W

Last Update: 24/01/2021 12:00

Upcoming races
Replays & Results
13:00 Tie The Knot Wedding Catering Novices' Hurdle
GBB Race
2m 4½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Here Comes Johny 15/8 2Fav
  • Jockey: Lewis Stones Trainer: Olly Murphy
  • Owner: Foxtrot Racing: Here Comes Johny
13:30 Sky Sports Racing Maiden Hurdle
GBB Race | Div 1
2m | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Gericault Roque 7/2
  • Jockey: T Scudamore Trainer: D Pipe
  • Owner: Prof Caroline Tisdall And Bryan Drew
14:00 Sky Sports Racing Maiden Hurdle
GBB Race | Div 2
2m | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Dobryn 9/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: J Nailor Trainer: Sam Thomas
  • Owner: Walters Plant Hire Ltd
14:30 Strong Flavours Catering Conditional Jockeys' Veterans' Handicap Chase
3m 1½f | Class 3 | 10YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Cyclop 5/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Lilly Pinchin Trainer: T Symonds
  • Owner: Dd Racing & Professor L P Hardwick
15:00 Download The tote App Handicap Hurdle
3m 1f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 14 ran
  • Winner: One For Dunstan 13/2
  • Jockey: Bryan Carver Trainer: Robert Walford
  • Owner: Gale Force Six
15:30 Handicap Chase
2m 1f | Class 5 | 5YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: High Up In The Air 5/6 Fav
  • Jockey: N F Houlihan Trainer: G L Moore
  • Owner: Mr P Mott
16:00 Visit Handicap Hurdle
2m | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Lady Chuffnell 12/1
  • Jockey: Kielan Woods Trainer: Ben Pauling
  • Owner: The Megsons

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Plumpton Racecourse Ltd
East Sussex
01273 890383
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