Horsham trainer Gary Moore, and his son jockey Joshua Moore received awards at Plumpton’s opening meeting of the new jumps season on Sunday, for training and riding most winners there last season.
And they went on to mark the new season at this popular track by winning the Juvenile Novice Hurdle with East Indies.The three-year-old had some form on the Flat for trainer John Gosden and was fluent on his hurdling debut.
Then Gary Moore completed a double when he sent out Osgood, ridden by Jason Nuttall to win the final handicap hurdle race of the day by a neck.
But he was deprived of a treble with Golanova, which had to settle for second place when Watlington trainer Lawney Hill won the three mile one furlong handicap steeplechase for the fifth time.
Her victory was with seven-year-old Take A Bow, ridden by Aidan Coleman. The bumper and hurdles winner had been placed on both outings over fences last season and has matured well. He won impressively.
“Aidan gave him a peach of a ride and the horse jumped well. My horses enjoy Plumpton and have been successful in the past, especially in this race,” she said.
Jockey Tommy Dowling defied an injury which kept him sidelined for almost five months to win on his first ride in almost five months on Baltic Storm. The horse. trained by his boss Charlie Mann, took the 2m1½f novice hurdle with impressive ease.
Tommy, a 7lb claimer, was back in the saddle despite massive injuries received when a horse he was riding crashed out at a hurdle at Fontwell Park at the end of October.
His injuries were so bad that doctors had predicted he would be out of the saddle for at least six months. But he was determined he would ride his favourite horse, Baltic Storm, trained by his retainer, Charlie Mann at Plumpton.
He explained: ” The governor’s horses have been winning but there is nothing harder than watching horses you should be riding.”
“This is the horse I’ve been rushing to get back for,” said Dowling. “I think he’s a proper Saturday horse; this is the one who could be a Cheltenham horse and I am glad to be back riding him.”
He is riding currently with two metal rods in his back which will be removed next year, while he also suffered two broken ribs, a broken collarbone, fractured shoulder and badly bruised lungs in his fall. But he said he felt 100 per cent after his winning return.
Marlborough trainer Neil King was in the winner’s spot when his Mercer’s Court produced a good victory with Trevor Whelan in the saddle in the three mile one furlong handicap hurdle race.
Plumpton’s next fiixture is the Moorcroft Racing Welfare Raceday on Monday October 17.