Bowen puts his faith in Princess; RACE IN FOCUS.
2.10 Plumpton Heart Mares' Handicap Hurdle 3m217y ATR Card page 40 PETER BOWEN travelled 265 miles from Pembrokeshire to scoop this PS10,000 prize last year and has high hopes of doing the same today.
Grape Tree Flame triumphed 12 months ago for a trainer who is never put off by long distances and who reckons Princess Tara has a decent chance here after a pipe-opener at Chepstow.
The only recent winner in the field is Millicent Silver, who has been put up 8lb for her victory at Uttoxeter last month.
Cannon fired up Cannon Fodder finished second in this race two years ago and third last year. She has one win, two second places and two thirds to show from her eight previous visits to Plumpton.
Tambura reopposes Tambura won the bumper on this card 12 months ago and is 10lb better off for the 15 lengths she was beaten into third behind Millicent Silver at Uttoxeter last month.
VVWHAT they say Peter Bowen, trainer of Princess Tara She ought to have a good chance, she's in very good form. She's come on a fair bit for her first run of the season and the ground will suit her. I don't think she'll mind the sharp track either.
Nigel Twiston-Davies, trainer of Millicent Silver She has a decent chance. She's gone up in the weights a bit for her win last time but the heavier the ground the better and we're hopeful. She has form round Plumpton from last season, she was second there on her hurdling debut.
Michael Scudamore, trainer of Streets Of Promise This looks a nice race for her with not many runners. It's back over hurdles and on bottomless ground, which she hasn't had this season - her best form is on very, very soft and I hope it will bring out some improvement in her. Seamus Mullins, trainer of Kentford Myth I put her in when this race was reoffered. She had other options this week but they look more competitive and the ground may not be any better. My worry is the testing conditions - she's run well in a couple of summer races and this will be a different ball game. She's bred to stay - although she hasn't proven it yet - and has a nice racing weight. She definitely has a sporting chance.
Godfrey Maundrell, trainer of Tambura She didn't jump very well last time - she frightened herself over the first - but she's schooled since and we're looking forward to a decent run. She's in good order and suited by heavy ground.
Millicent Silver: "the heavier the ground the better"