Horse racing with Jason Hall

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THE young Sussex-born conditional jockey Josh Moore has had a great week firing in three winners as his fledgling career in the saddle starts to build some momentum.

His elder brothers Ryan and Jamie have set a very high standard for Josh to emulate but the early indications are that the teenager has the necessary credentials to add further lustre to a racing family whose nigh simultaneous success in the saddle is unprecedented in the UK to my recollection.

Probably the best winning ride that Josh gave to his trio of winners over the past few days was on Easement at Taunton on Tuesday.

Positioning his mount close to the early pace from an early stage, Josh then successfully set about getting his horse into a fluent hurdling rhythm, with his still, balanced riding style very noticeable in a race restricted to only other conditional jockeys.

Moving to the front as the field left the back straight, the timing of his ultimately winning move was proved to be perfect.

Only resorting to his whip after the final flight as his mount began to falter, Josh showed strength and his natural balance as he crouched low behind the horse’s neck to drive him out to victory.

Indeed, the word is starting to spread in racing circles of the 19-year-olds prowess.

He is now riding out once a week for the successful trainer Emma Lavelle and she was full of praise for her now conditional jockey of choice.

“Josh is a sensible lad and very thoughtful about what he says and does,” said Emma.

“He follows instructions which is important and is good with owners before and after a race. When he rides out at home for me the advice and feeling’s he has about the horses’ has proved to be worthwhile and accurate. He is a very bright prospect for the future.”

Elsewhere there are a few interesting horses from local stables that should be on the track shortly and their performances should be good pointers for later in the season.

As mentioned in last week’s column, the return from a long absence is imminent for Aimigayle. The intention of her Lewes-based trainer Suzy Smith was for the talented mare to run in the valuable Skybet Chase at Doncaster last weekend.

That meeting was unfortunately lost due to a frozen track but an alternative contest at this weekend’s Sandown meeting has been found to start her back off in and assuming things go reasonably well on Saturday the trainer is sure to find a decent opportunity for this multiple winner when the better ground conditions hopefully return in the spring.

When Irish bookmakers hear the name of owner Patrick Wilmott it invariable brings a tear to their eye and rakes a shiver down their spine such is his reputation for landing some mighty gambles in the Emerald Isle.

Kasimali is an eight-year-old gelding in his ownership for whom there was plenty of morning money at Plumpton on his last outing. If the market speaks for him again at Lingfield on Monday it should be well noted.

A step up in trip and a stiffer course may see some improvement in a horse that lost its way in Ireland but who Gary Moore may elicit a return to form.

To conclude, last week I spoke of the improvement in quality that Jim and Tom Best were securing as a result of their success in recent years.

The £50,000 purchase of Sudden Light, a relative of Gold Cup third Turpin Green and daughter of champion sire Presenting, is proof of that.