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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long

Plumpton Double

Tom, rode a double today, taken his season tally for the 21/22

NH campaign to 36.

With a winner for his sponsors

Both were trained by

Full review of Tom's winners below.

Owner Anthony Ward-Thomas was so impressed by Go Whatever's Sussex National victory that he threatened to ride him next time.

The eight-year-old pinged the last to land the 3m4½f contest by seven lengths from Pemberley, with 28-1 shot Game Line in third.

"It's great to start the new year like that, especially for Anthony, who is a good mate," said Chris Gordon.

"The only problem is he wants to ride him next time and he makes David Maxwell look like Tony McCoy.

"It means a lot to win this. I found last year really hard. We had a lot of placed horses, but struggled for winners so this is great, especially as it's my old local track – I'm a Sussex boy so this is just fantastic."

The trainer added: "The horse is going to be suited to these types of races but he'll need a bit of a break after this. He goes in winter ground and stays all day. He winged the last and I think he might improve on a galloping track."

Ward-Thomas said: "I'm delighted. He's such a lovely horse and he finished strongly. He travelled really well with the visor and Tom gave him plenty of daylight – it was a lovely ride. I've sent horses to Chris since he started and had King Edmund, who was a really nice horse."

Go Whatever secured a double for the trainer and jockey Tom Cannon, who teamed up to capture the 2m novice hurdle with Aucunrisque, a narrowly beaten favourite over course and distance last month.

The six-year-old, who runs in the colours of Goodwin Racing, bounced back from that December defeat and made no mistake when stretching seven lengths clear of Mark Of Gold.

"That was a huge relief as he was a bit unlucky last time and it was very painful," said Gordon. "We thought we'd keep it simple this time and pop out in front. He's straightforward and is a good jumper. He might jump a fence but if he doesn't, he'll be a smashing hurdler."

Photo image of Aucunrisque by Edward Whitaker


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