There were just over 2,500 people in attendance for Plumpton’s principal meeting of the year and they were treated to some exciting racing with a number of strongly fancied runners winning.
The feature event was the At The Races Sussex National Handicap Chase on Sunday, and the local team of trainer Gary Moore and his son and jockey Josh carried off the big prize when their horse Well Refreshed drew clear up the home straight to win in impressive fashion.
Although he was slightly sticky with his fencing in the early part of the marathon 3m5f event, he got into a good rhythm as the race developed and his superiority was in no doubt from at least two fences from home.
After the race, Gary spoke about the performance and background of his winner.
“Josh gave him a very good ride as he’s not the easiest.
“He was off the bridle early but eventually got into a good rhythm. He’s only a novice and a long, lean horse.
“He’s progressive and needs time between his races.
“The Somerset National may be next if he comes out of this well.
“Phillip Hide recommended him and I offered him to his owner who took him on.”
Well Refreshed is lightly raced over fences and he is definitely a horse capable of defying the hike in the ratings that is undoubtedly on its way.
The novice chase that forms part of the £60,000 Plumpton Bonus Series went to Salden Licht and improved the already phenomenal record of trainer Alan King at the track.
Concerns about the winner’s jumping appeared justified early on but his efficiency in that department developed as the race unfolded and he showed resolution on the run-in to take the prize.
His jockey Choc Thornton spoke post race about Salden Licht’s performance.
“His jumping warmed up as the race went on.
“We hope his problems are now behind him but we’ll know more about that in the morning. He’s a good horse who will stay further.”