• 16:00 Sussex Champion Hurdle 2m

  • Winner £16,245 2nd £4,770 3rd £2,385 4th £1,192
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 46.40s
  • Off time: 16:00:50
16:00 Plumpton Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Court Minstrel (IRE) 3/1
2nd Specialagent Alfie 20/1
3rd Ronaldo Des Mottes (FR) 8/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 31083U Red, Emerald Green disc, Emerald Green sleeves, Red stars Balder Succes (FR) 19
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-12 A King Wayne Hutchinson 149 3/14.00
2 3F6/4P0 Maroon and Royal Blue stripes, chevrons on sleeves Ronaldo Des Mottes (FR) 16
Distance Winner
8 11-3 D Pipe Tom Bellamy (7) 140 8/19.00
3 522129 Royal Blue, Pink sash, Royal Blue sleeves, Pink stars, Royal Blue cap, Pink star Hi Note 7
5 10-11 Miss S West M Goldstein 134 25/126.00
4 14FU59 Light Blue, Brown Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap Act Of Kalanisi (IRE) 16
Distance Winner
7 10-10 bt Dr R D P Newland Chris Ward (7) 133 16/117.00
5 550726 Red, white stripe, emerald green and white striped sleeves and cap Constant Contact 16
Distance Winner
6 10-9 p C E Longsdon N D Fehily 132 7/18.00
6 214-134 Dark Green, Dark Green and White diabolo on sleeves Court Minstrel (IRE) 85
Distance Winner
6 10-8 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 131 3/14.00
7 11122U Emerald Green and White (quartered), Orange and White halved sleeves, Orange cap, White star Home Run (GER) 32
Distance Winner
5 10-3 p D Pipe F J Hayes (7) 126 12/113.00
8 157-051 Black and Light Blue check, Black sleeves, Light Blue armlets, Red cap Red Inca 11
Distance Winner
5 10-3 B Ellison Mr H Derham (5) 126 6/17.00
10 147314 Light green, white stars, royal blue sleeves, light green stars, light green cap, royal blue star Darkestbeforedawn (IRE) 15
Distance Winner
6 10-2 Mrs Caroline Keevil Ian Popham (3) 125 25/126.00
11 1-35042 Grey, Royal Blue seams, striped sleeves, Royal Blue cap Specialagent Alfie 50
Distance Winner
7 10-1 t N J Gifford Tom Cannon (3) 124 20/121.00
12 1-230 Light blue, red braces, white sleeves, red armlets, light blue and red quartered cap Stone Light (FR) 19
5 10-0 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 123 33/134.00
Non runners
925671UCloudy Bob (IRE)610-2P G MurphyC Bolger125


A competitive turnout for an attractive purse although the presence of Balder Success does provide the handicap with a rather lop-sided appearance. Alan King's inmate was understandably uncompetitive before unseating in the Champion Hurdle behind Hurricane Fly and has generally found life tough as a second season hurdler. Despite the dramatic drop in grade, he has plenty on at these weights and COURT MINSTREL makes greater appeal. Evan Williams' charge has only had the three outings over timber but has contested good quality contests at Cheltenham twice and Sandown, winning once and far from disgraced when upped in grade subsequently. Two miles on good to soft suits admirably and 10-8 seems a perfectly satisfactory initial handicap mark. Hopefully he can overcome his relative lack of hurdling experience. Home Run is interesting but has done all his winning on much worse ground than he's due to face here and a larger threat may be Red Inca. He's on a good mark and travelled ominously well at Haydock recently when comfortably accounting for the well-supported Softsong.