Plumpton was aglow with charity and horse racing magic as it hosted the Racehorse Sanctuary Raceday, writes Emily Gailey.

Celebrating the beauty of second chances and the indomitable spirit of racehorses, Plumpton's partnership with The Racehorse Sanctuary brought awareness to the organisation's mission – providing a haven for retired racehorses, ensuring they live out their days in happiness and comfort.

The raceday was not just a showcase of excellent racing but also a testament to community generosity.


Shanagh Bob got his career under rules off to a great start with a win for Nicky Henderson and owner Mrs J Donnelly in the Bookedit Novices’ Hurdle.

He had a great front-running ride from James Bowen.

Gary and Jamie Moore did a double with Saligo Bay claiming his third career victory over hurdles in The Tie the Knot Selling Hurdle for Alan Jamieson Site Services.

Kotmask won by nine lengths in The To Have & To Hire Venue Styling Handicap Steeple Chase for Aura Racing.

Brave Kingdom made a winning debut over fences in The Mik Tubb Memorial Novices’ Limited Handicap Steeple Chase, after 23 months off, under a good ride from Bryony Frost for trainer Paul Nicholls and owners Graeme Moore, Kate and Andrew Brooks.

Birdman Bob took a keen hold to take the win in The Cranbrook Underwriting Novice’s Handcap Hurdle for local trainer Andy Irvine and owners Surefire Racing.

Molly Landau and Stanley Pincombe got the better of No Rematch and Imogen Mathias in The Royal Yeomanry Association Amateur Jockeys Handicap Hurdle, pushing hard to take the win for Chris Gordon and owner Ms Jane Southall.

The award for top military rider went to Sgt Rahman aboard Gaia Vallis.

The final race of the day, The Andrew Rabjohns Commemoration Handicap Hurdle was taken by Abbeyhill and Dylan Whelan for trainer Neil Mulholland.

As the day concluded, leaving a legacy of compassion and camaraderie, Plumpton Racecourse once again proved that horse racing is not just a sport, but a platform to make a positive difference, in the Heart of the Community.