Plumpton Goes Premier as BHA Experiment Makes Unconvincing Start

Anfield or Old Trafford it isn't, but that didn't stop Premierisation coming to Plumpton, a National Hunt track at the foot of the South Downs more easily associated with farmers, pensioners and Brighton sharps on country forays than marketing resets. The second track to stage a Premier fixture in a two-year trial of 170 meetings each season, dear old Plumpton didn't need labels to tell you how good it is. In the most valuable race since racing began here in 1888, a 5lb claimer called Joe Anderson found himself hanging...

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Storm Ciara Causes Cancellations

Storm Ciara has forced the abandonment of all three of Sunday's meetings in Britain and Ireland. Exeter was first to be called off, shortly before a scheduled 8 a.m. inspection, and then Southwell's all-weather meeting and Punchestown's Grand National Trial card followed around an hour later. Gales, forecast to continue throughout the day, put paid to Exeter and also Southwell. At Punchestown, it was initially hoped the high-profile fixture would survive--but after almost 30mm of further rain on Sunday morning, it was cancelled too. A Tweet from Exeter before 8...

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