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Mullins and Nolan team up for Plumpton double

Seamus Mullins must always be respected with his runners at Plumpton and he duly recorded a double with Morfee and I See You Well, both ridden by Micheal Nolan.

“Plumpton was the only course I could ride winners at, as well!” joked Mullins after I See You Well (100-30) took the feature Watch Sky Sports At Your Local Handicap Chase.

Captain Tommy turned for home two lengths in front after burning off Drumlee Watar, but having looked asleep on the first circuit, I See You Well stayed on strongly to jump upsides at the last and draw away for a length-and-three-quarters success.

It was the nine-year-old’s sixth success at the East Sussex track.

Mullins said: “He loves it here. But he’d have to go some way to beating Manhattan Boy who won 14 here. There’s still time.

“He can take hold of the bit a little bit and he can be lazy. A little bit quicker ground helped, as did two of the lads wanting to take each other on, so there was a solid gallop.

“He wasn’t doing much first time round, but that’s him. He is a wonderful horse to have in the yard. We nicknamed him ‘Wally’, but we all love him to bits.

“He’ll probably have a little break and if the ground was still usable, we’ll come back here at Easter.”

Morfee gave Seamus Mullins a double on the Plumpton card (Simon Milham/PA)

Morfee (85-40) had sparked the double, making most of the running to land the Sky Sports Publications Day Out Novices’ Handicap Hurdle by two lengths from Legal Rights.

Nolan was always in control of the the three-mile-one-furlong contest, as the six-year-old got off the mark at the 10th attempt, having fallen over fences at Exeter last time.

“The plan was to get a lead for as long as we could, but there was no pace in the race and my guy was just a bit keen and I had to let him go forward,” said Nolan.

“Once he got out in front and got into a rhythm, he jumped super.

“He made one mistake coming down the hill, but on the whole he travelled and jumped well. He fell last time over fences, but this would have done his confidence the world of good.”

Fishcake was a market drifter following her lacklustre display in a bumper at Wincanton on debut last month, yet Nico de Boinville’s mount showed a measure of progression to take the extended two-and-a-half-mile Sky Sports Everyone Loves A Local Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.

The Nicky Henderson-trained five-year-old took it up early on the second circuit and while Lady Wilberry gave chase, Fishcake (100-30) had four and a half lengths to spare at the line.

De Boinville said: “She has progressed so much from her bumper. She loved that better ground. I thought she jumped really well and she was having a good look as she was in front a bit too soon, but the race fell apart. She stays all day and I thought that was a really taking performance.”

Fairway Freddie (7-2) is becoming something of a standing dish at his local track and earned a third win at the East Sussex venue, jumping assuredly to score by four and three-quarter lengths in the three-runner Download The At The Races App Handicap Chase under James Davies.

Winning trainer, Nick Gifford, said: “He is a proper top-of-the-ground horse who loves it here. He won three last season and went up to 126 and we had to run him to get his mark down.

“He was so well before, and might have been out of form all season, so there was a doubt that something was not quite right, but he has put that to bed. We’ll probably come back for the Easter Bank Holiday meeting.”

Call Off The Dogs after his win (Simon Milham/PA)

Gary Moore saw two favourites beaten before Call Off The Dogs (6-5 favourite) ended that streak with an assured success in the Watch Live Racing at Your Local Handicap Chase.

Jamie Moore waited patiently and with main market rival Pour Une Raison giving Tom Bellamy a crashing fall five from home, he produced the seven-year-old approaching two out and powered eight lengths clear of Auld Sod, putting to bed any trip worries.

“Today we chilled it out at the back and put an extra mile on top and obviously the main danger fell and while he has won today, the race probably fell apart a little bit as well,” said Moore.

Sword Beach and Tom Bellamy
Sword Beach and Tom Bellamy (Simon Milham/PA)

If any proof that jump jockey are hard as nails, look no further than Bellamy, who scraped himself off the floor as Sword Beach (7-4 joint favourite), got off the mark over hurdles, winning on his handicap debut for Alan King in the concluding At The Races App Market Movers Handicap Hurdle.

After gingerly unsaddling from the length winner, Bellamy said: “I’m sore. It is always the best painkiller having a winner. We are all right and that horse was very good.

“Compared to his Flat rating, he was well handicapped, but at the same time he hasn’t done a lot over hurdles to give you any confidence.

“His best runs on the Flat came when wearing headgear, so the guv’nor put the visor back on him and it has worked wonders. His jumping has got better with each run. He was lit up early and was keen, but the headgear worked wonders.”

Plumpton specialist I See You Well hunting Sussex National crown

Course specialist I See You Well is out to back up his recent Plumpton win and execute a long-term plan in the Sky Sports Racing Sussex National on Sunday.

The Seamus Mullins-trained I See You Well has won four of his five chase outings at the West Sussex track, including a five-length success last time in a slightly lower grade, over an extended three miles and one furlong.

Up 5lb to a mark of 124, the just-turned nine-year-old will face 15 rivals over an extended three-and-a-half-mile trip and the Salisbury handler says the distance will hold no fears.

Mullins said: “He likes it down at Plumpton all right, doesn’t he? It was a good run last time.

“For a staying chaser he is at the peak of his career at his age.

“He always looked like a horse who needed anything north of three miles. He is in good form and came out of his last race well. He will go on any ground other than fast ground.

“This was a race we have earmarked from the beginning of the year. We have tried to build him up towards this and we are hoping for a very good run.”

David Pipe is represented by five runners – Al Roc, Via Dolorosa, Abaya Du Mathan, El Paso Wood and D’Jango – all owned by Judith Wilson and all relative newcomers to the yard.

“They all have bits and pieces of form over a trip. We haven’t had them too long,” said Pipe.

David Pipe has a strong team for the Sussex National
David Pipe has a strong team for the Sussex National (David Davies/PA)

Tom Scudamore sticks with D’Jango, who was fourth of five to Butterwick Brook on his stable and British debut at Wincanton.

Pipe added: “D’Jango ran well at Wincanton. He will appreciate the step up in trip and softer ground.”

El Paso Wood unseated in the Becher Chase at Aintree on his British debut before beaten seven lengths in a novices’ handicap chase at Ffos Las.

“El Paso Wood ran a decent race at Ffos Las and will appreciate the step up in trip,” said Pipe.

“Abaya Du Mathan we are still learning about and it is the same with Al Roc. The trip might just stretch Via Dolorosa a little bit. He ran a nice race in the Grand Sefton at Aintree, but didn’t get that far in the Becher Chase (going well when unseated at the 12th fence).

“Scu has gone for D’Jango, so hopefully that is our best one.”

Chris Gordon is the other trainer with multiple runners, saddling both Blame The Game – a well-held sixth to I See You Well last time – and Go Whatever, who was third in the same race.

Gordon said: “Both have got visors on for the first time.

“They both lack a bit of concentration at times, but both are fit and well and I’d like to think they could both run very well.”

Colin Tizzard has won this race three times with Jeremy Spider (2003), Ironside (2008) and Christmas In April (2020), with the latter bidding to land the race again off an 11lb higher mark than when previously successful.

Other rivals include the Lucy Wadham-trained Eclair Du Guye, who was third in the London National at Sandown, and the Emma Lavelle-trained Pemberley, who got off the mark over fences at the fourth attempt at Warwick following a couple of near misses.