Horse Racing with Jason Hall

SUSSEX trainer Gary Moore has always had a very good opinion of his two-year-old colt Jupiter Storm and that faith was realised at Brighton when the son of Galileo broke his maiden in impressive fashion recently.

His rider, George Baker, sent the youngster to the front for the first half of the mile contest and went on again two out before riding the chestnut clear and coming home a ready winner. He was nicely backed and beat a couple of fair prospects and his trainer commented post race on his campaign to date:

“He showed us he was a nice horse first time and we shouldn’t have run him in the Newmarket Sales race. He has only just recovered and will be a nice horse for mile and a half handicaps next year.”

Jupiter Storm is owned by one of the Heart of the South syndicates and has given his group of owners something to dream about over the winter.

John Penny, who heads up the Framfield-based operation, is very optimistic for his future and already has plans in place for the horse’s start to next term: “If all goes well we hope to start him off in the £300,000 Tattersalls Sales race at Newmarket in April. It is a mile and a quarter and this is the sort of class we hope he can make an impact in.”

Today, John will be off to the evening meeting at Wolverhampton where he will meet the owners who constitute two more of his syndicate groups and makes the long journey north full of optimism for the chances of both Tobago Bay and Good Luck Charm.

“Good Luck Charm was bought as a future jumper but Robbie Brisland recommended we put him into training with Gary, who then confirmed that he thought the horse could definitely pick up a race.

“He was gelded after his first outing as he got very excited by the experience on the day! That seems to have worked as he progressed nicely on his next run in a good Lingfield maiden and whilst I would prefer a mile for him, I think if he gets a low draw he will have a good chance on Friday.

“His syndicate owners have taken advantage of an offer by us that they could have their purchase price back if he didn’t win by the end of the year. Friday could be the day they lose that option.”

John added: “Tobago Bay should definitely be able to win off his current flat mark when you consider how good he is over hurdles. That gives me hope but maybe it is the hurdling that sparks his enthusiasm. I don’t know.”

There are a couple of shares left in Good Luck Charm but they may not last long and when I spoke with John he and trainer Gary Moore were on their way to the Newmarket Horses In Training Sale where they have their eye on acquiring a potentially decent hurdler for the coming season.

Heart of the South Racing are also holding an Open Day at the Joe Tuite yard soon and if anyone fancies going along or talking to John about joining the syndicates they have, he would welcome your calling him on 07834 742000.

Racing is back at Plumpton on Monday and the early declarations look encouraging for some competitive racing.

Some recent rain will have been well received by the clerk of the course Mark Cornford.

C4 commentator and broadcaster Simon Holt has been a great supporter of the course for many years and he is taking over the Twitter service that the racecourse provides for race goers. His inside track and information are available on @plumptonraceday.