Pendra continues Longsdon run
A review of Monday afternoon's meeting at Plumpton where Pendra continued a fine run for the Charlie Longsdon yard.
Longsdon's string have been in good form of late and the Chipping Norton handler registered yet another winner for the season courtesy of Pendra (4/7f).
The four-year-old is no stranger to Plumpton having won a maiden over course and distance last month, and he made no mistake on this occasion in a comfortable success over Workbench.
Winning rider Noel Fehily said: "He likes soft ground, he gallops and he jumps. I think he'll probably get further.
"He has a good attitude, he settles and is a jockey's dream.
"He doesn't pull, he jumps, and you can put him where you want."
The jockey found himself in the winners' enclosure again some 30 minutes later aboard Opening Batsman (20/1).
Harry Fry may have been disappointed not to run his stable star, Rock On Ruby at Newcastle on Saturday but he could enjoy this success over former boss, Paul Nicholls' Hawkes Point.
Fry said: "He jumped well and his point-to-point experience has stood him in good stead - he's done it nicely in the end.
"He's a real chasing sort and great to get him started.
"That's my sixth win of the season. I couldn't have asked for anymore and have to pinch myself.
"They are all going terrifically well."
Bunglasha Lady registered her fourth victory for Warren Greatrex in the Mares' Handicap Hurdle. The 9/4 favourite didn't help Tony McCoy by hanging to the right and then to the left close home, though she proved value for her winning margin.
Inthejungle (2/1f) took his third course-and-distance victory in the fourth race on the card under conditional rider, Tom Cannon.
"We were just coming out for our first run of the season and ended up with one of the worst races," said winning trainer, Daniel O'Brien.
"I was very pleased with him but you have to take into account what a bad race it was.
"The ground can't be too bottomless for him. Hopefully we're in for a better season with him. He's had a few problems. I hope there's some improvement in him."
Bathwick Junior (10/1) had proved disappointing since showing some signs of ability in bumpers for John Flint, but the switch to Michael Blake looks to have worked the oracle and the five-year-old got off the mark at the 11th time of asking.
Beware Chalk Pit (10/3) was the subject of plenty of money on a previous visit to Plumpton in November but found Dushy Valley too good on that occasion.
Jonathan Geake's inmate had been dropped 3lb by the handicapper since that start, and he was able to reverse that formline to the tune of one-and-a-quarter lengths in the staying handicap chase.
"We've waiting a while for it. He had wind operation last year which took him a while to get over, but he's been very consistent this year," remarked Geake.
The booking of Tony McCoy for David Pipe is always one to note and Kings Palace bolted up in finale.
As his dam stayed over further, supporters of the 9/4 chance had plenty of time to count their winnings as the 17-times champion booted the King's Theatre gelding well clear before the home turn.