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Brave performance by local horse at Plumpton

Madame Jasmine, trained by Suzy Smith at Lewes, was unlucky not to win the Tysers Mares’ Handicap Hurdle race at Plumpton’s latest meeting in testing conditions.

The grey Karinga Bay mare had won three hurdles races in the past at the course over the same distance of three mile and one furlong.

Facing a 6lb rise in the weights because of her success 42 days previously, the seven year old game mare was capably partnered by five lb claimer Gavin Sheehan and was beaten only narrowly by Tony McCoy on board Warren Greatrex’s Bunglasha Lady.

“ Madame Jasmine is as brave a mare as you will ever get,” said delighted owner breeder Roger Allsop.

He added: “ She never gives up and always tries her best to the very end.”

He and his wife Yvonne have Madame Jasmine’s dam, Roslin, and aunt at home, as well as two three-year-olds, two juveniles as well as a couple of yearlings to bring on for the future.

Meanwhile the continued heavy ground has prevented one of the stable’s top horses, Aimigayle, running this season for Suzie Smith.

Aimigayle put in an outstanding performance at Liverpool to finish an excellent fourth in the prestigious Topham Chase last season.

Stewards ordered a routine test on Bunglasha Lady on the grounds of her improved performance over her previous outing nine days previously, where she had been pulled up.

They said her improved run had been attributed to more rigorous riding during an inquiry into her improved performance.

A good crowd turned out for the day when the opening Novice Hurdle race was won by the Charlie Longsdon-trained Pendra, which had clocked up a maiden hurdle on the track the previous month.

The style of his win with Noel Fehily in the saddle suggests the four-year-old Old Vic gelding will soon progress further and has a very bright future.