THE FIRST meeting of the new season at Plumpton is something of a paradox as this Sunday’s card will also be the last meeting until their calendar resumes in the early autumn.
The racecourse executive will no doubt reflect on the past season during their summer holiday and the chief executive Claire Sheppard recently gave me her thoughts on what is generally seen by the racing public to have been another positive winter for the track.
“We have seen some very good horses during the course of the season. Medermit, Sarando and Tullamore Dew are a few that spring to mind and who all went on to run with great credit at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals. Regularly seeing horses of this quality has attracted good crowds, we have totalled over 35,000 paying customers at the racecourse in the last nine months. To improve the race goers experience we have also introduced Twitter and iPhone applications which help keep them up to date with everything that is going on at the track. The team here will endeavour to keep moving the course forward.”
The meeting on Sunday features a host of entries from the yard of Gary Moore and amongst them is the highly promising Grab The Glory.
Hopefully he will take up his engagement and add some real quality to a card which, judged on the five day entries, will provide some competitive sport.
Elsewhere, the Framfield based Heart Of The South syndicates are very busy this weekend and I spoke with the head man John Penny about the prospects of their runners over the next few days.
“Lightning Spirit pleased us on her debut at Newbury and she is declared on Friday. She has been going really well in her work at home and we are more than hopeful of a big performance. She blew hard after the Newbury race and that run should have benefited her a great deal. It will be great to see Or Jaune back on the track at Aintree. He has had a pelvic problem but we are looking forward to him getting back into the swing of things. Tobago Bay and Deux Etioles will also go to Aintree. If Tobago is able to reproduce the form of his Newbury win he must go well but it is a handicap and they are never easy at Aintree. Deux Etoile has been off a while but he is a lovely big horse and was always going to be better as he matured. Jamie Moore has said to me he thinks he is much stronger now and that the break has done him the world of good. Interakt will run at Brighton on Monday and we think the track will suit her well. Cathy Gannon knows her really well and will ride.”
After my conversation with John, I was left with the impression that he feels Lightning Spirit is the best of some good chances this weekend.
For those who fancy getting involved in the Heart Of The South syndicates, owning a part of a racehorse and enjoying the social aspect that goes with it, John is always happy to discuss the opportunities his team can provide. He can be contacted on 07834 742000.