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Raceday LIVE – West End Boy

Plumpton, Mon 06 Nov 2023 15:37

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West End Boy
West End Boy bids to make it two wins in quick succession as he returns to action in today's 15:37 Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) at Plumpton.

Read our Raceday LIVE preview below and join us ahead of the race for all the build-up and live updates from the track with the team and our lucky owners for the day on our X account @Coral and Instagram account @coralofficial.

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It was just over a week ago today that West End Boy sent the club into jubilation as he returned with a bang on his seasonal reappearance, winning by 10 lengths at Wincanton on his handicap debut for trainer Joe Tizzard.

Joe had reported in the weeks building up to West End Boy's run that he had summered well and that he was hopeful of an "exciting season" with him.

Following the victory, Joe said in his post-race update that "...to produce what he did on his opening start of the season was just fantastic." and to make things better, he came out of the race in great condition, so much so it took Joe very little time to look at the racing calendar again to see if there were any options for him to run again soon where he could avoid a penalty.

And that's how we've ended up at Plumpton today!

Promising conditional jockey and Joe's nephew, Freddie Gingell, takes the ride again, but this time is able to claim a full 7lbs with it not being a conditional jockeys' contest, which is a big plus.

WATCH: West End Boy romps rivals at Wincanton to become club’s first winner | Raceday Highlights

Joe Tizzard has a good strike rate at Plumpton too, training five winners from just 25 runners so far in his short career after taking over from his Dad last year.

Joe (right) and his Dad, Colin (left), on the gallops at Venn Farm

There are a couple of interesting contenders in today's race, however, who shouldn't be underestimated at all.

  • Wester Soldier, trained by Milton Harris, is a former German group level flat horse who is also looking to make it two wins on the trot having won by seven lengths over course and distance two weeks ago today. He is also the Racing Post's NAP of the day.
  • Spartan Army was highly tried last season, including a 5th place effort in the Grade 2 Coral Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton, after making the move from Joseph O'Brien to Alan King's yard. It'll be interesting to see how he fairs on his hurdles reappearance after a pipe opener at Bath just over two weeks ago.

At The Races Verdict

WEST END BOY took a big step forward when winning easily on his handicap debut at Wincanton eight days ago and the son of Westerner is extremely hard to oppose as he does not have to carry a penalty for that conditional jockeys' handicap success. Western Soldier also arrives here on the back of an impressive victory and he should not be discounted, while Parc d'Amour is another to note.


Remember to head over to our official X account @Coral and Instagram account @coralofficial to catch all the build-up ahead of the race and any post-race reactions from the team and our lucky owners for the day.

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