Doubles were the order of the day at Plumpton yesterday for trainers Gary Moore and Paul Henderson, whose horses are in fine form at present.
Son Joshua rode both of Gary Moore’s winners, but he also completed a treble if you count his victory in the charity spacehopper race which preceded racing proper!
Paul Henderson’s first victory came in the Harwoods Group Handicap Steeplechase over three miles one furlong with Turban, a 10-year-old, ridden by Paddy Brennan, who took the lead on the first circuit. It was his first win since joining Henderson from Willie Mullins after his performances there had declined.
His delighted trainer said:” He needed better ground and the track had dried out nicely in today’s sunshine. He dictated the pace and cruised throughout the race.”
His second win was with Thepartysover, ridden by Tom O’ Brien in three mile one furlong handicap hurdle race, beating Ray Diamond comfortably.
The opening race of the day had seen a good victory for trainer Warren Greatrex when five-year-old Little Chunk, partnered by Mikey Hamill won the two mile hurdle race in imressive style. There should be plenty more to come from him.
Greatrex said: “He is a nice horse to have in the yard. He is very straightforward and enjoys himself.”
Gary Moore sprang a 16-1 surprise when Mr Fickle took the Handicap Hurdle over two and a half miles, ridden by son Joshua. He said: ” He enjoyed the ground, which had changed to firm going by the time of his race. It made all the difference”
He completed his double with Flashman in the following Handicap Steeplechase, which gave the eight year-old his first win over fences. 15-8 favourite won impressively and there should be more to come.
Five pound claimer James Nixon won the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase in good style on board 9-1 shot Mr Jim trained by Tony Carroll while Lewes trainer Suzy Smith had a well deserved victory in the National Hunt Flat Race with 4-1 shot Huntress, which looks a good prospect for the future.