LiveScore Racing Preview: Plumpton, January 2, 2022

Our Sunday focus is on the action at Plumpton
Our Sunday focus is on the action at Plumpton

Plumpton is one of four meetings taking place in the UK and Ireland on Sunday. 

There are seven races from the East Sussex racecourse, with the card beginning at 12.08pm. 

The official going heading into the meeting is described as 'Soft'. 

And we have picked out five horses for you to follow. 

12.08pm - Sky Sports Racing On Sky 415 Novices' Hurdle (2m)

AUCUNRISQUE began the season with a bumper success at Stratford. He came very close to scoring on his hurdles debut over this C&D last month but was denied by just a nose.

Chris Gordon's gelding has not run a bad race since arriving at his yard and this looks a great opportunity for him to break his maiden over hurdles. 

LiveScore selection: Aucunrisque 

12.38pm - Follow @attheraces On Twitter Novices' Chase (2m3½f)

Just three runners are set to line up for this novice chase, but it should be an interesting battle as all three horses have shown some promise over fences. 

With two wins from three outings over timber, NASSALAM is the pick of these novices. 

Gary Moore's runner won a Grade Two event at Newbury (2m4f) by 30 lengths back in November. 

He was beaten last time out at this course, but that was over a shorter trip. He will appreciate this stiffer test, so he is the one they all have to beat. 

LiveScore selection: Nassalam 

1.10pm - Get Hugh Taylor's Tips On EBF 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (2m4½f)

ESSENTIAL JACO made a winning start over hurdles in a maiden contest at Lingfield (2m3½f) on heavy ground last month. 

He was clear of his rivals after the last obstacle and had Jamie Moore not eased his horse up, the margin of victory would have been much wider than 4¾L. 

The four-year-old will need to carry a penalty here on his follow up attempt, but it should not prove to be too much of a burden. 

He looks set to have a bright future over hurdles. 

LiveScore selection: Essential Jaco 

1.45pm - Free Replays On Handicap Hurdle (2m4½f)

Two of TOP MAN's three victories under Rules have come at this course, including a C&D success. 

The versatile horse has been running over much further than this distance this season, but he is very comfortable with this trip. 

Chris Gordon's gelding is rated 5lb higher over fences. He will need to concede weight to the rest of the field, but he has the class to do that. 

LiveScore selection: Top Man 

2.20pm - Sky Sports Racing Sussex National Handicap Chase (3m4½f)

Pemberley (left) won at Warwick last month
Pemberley (left) won at Warwick last month

The Sussex National is one of the feature races of the season at Plumpton. And as ever, it will be a real stamina test over the extended 3m4f trip. 

One of the most unexposed chasers in this field in PEMBERLEY. He prevailed for the first time over fences at Warwick (3m) last month. 

A step up in distance may help Emma Lavelle's runner overcome his 6lb rise in the ratings in this competitive contest. 

LiveScore selection: Pemberley

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