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SARAH Wall trains just a couple of horses here in East Sussex and on Monday afternoon she sent her young staying chaser Ballinhassig to Plumpton.

And he provided her with a success in the three-mile-two-furlong handicap under a positive ride from the conditional rider Marc Goldstein, who once again showed what great value he is for his three-pound claim.

Sarah has been involved with the local point to point community for many years and she was delighted with the performance of the seven-year-old gelding.

“I got him from Ireland down near Cork and he is named after the village in which he was foaled, said Sarah post race.

“He has been with me since he was four and I’m delighted with him. Marc has earned himself a day’s hunting on him for giving him such a good ride. I am a neighbour of Di Grissell and they very kindly let me use their gallop.”

Another local trainer, Anna Newton-Smith, was also pleased to see her colleague victorious.

“When I was riding in points, I used to get quite nervous and needed an arm around me from time to time,” Anna said.

“Sarah always used to encourage me, which I have not forgotten and it is good to see her with another winner here.”

Anna herself has her string in good form and her chaser Goring Two got back to winning ways at Fontwell last Friday, relishing the soft ground and disposing of his rivals easily.

I would suggest she will have been equally delighted with the performance of her young hurdler, Knight Flight, after she ran a very creditable third at Folkestone on Tuesday in the novice hurdle.

The mare chased home two horses from the powerful yards of Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls and if the handicapper does not raise her too much from her current mark of 100, Anna will be able to place her to win a handicap in the not too distant future.

Jamie Poulton, who trains at Telscombe, maintained his excellent record at Plumpton when saddling Whitcombe Spirit to get up in the dying strides to win the novice handicap chase.

“I couldn’t tell you before the race whether he would run well or not,” said Jamie.

“He is so inconsistent and I’ve no idea how he will run next time. But it is very nice to get a win out of him.” I mentioned last week that Gary Moore had received a boost with the performance of Orzare at Ascot recently and that positive outlook was boosted when Gary saddled a double at Folkestone.

Quite how his Kambis won his race in such easy fashion is a bit of a mystery as he jumped appallingly throughout and refused to settle. It does suggest he is well handicapped but the four-year-old will need to be more professional if he is to progress much further.

Gary said: “I didn’t think he was very well handicapped looking at Ya Hafed. He will be a better chaser and his future lies there.”

The Framfield-based Heart of the South Racing and Gary are the team behind the admirable chaser Fruity O’Rooney and he ran another fabulous race in the valuable SkyBet Chase at Doncaster last weekend.

He was still in with a chance at the last despite his saddle having started to slip early in the home straight.

Jockey Jamie Moore finally lost his irons at the last but managed to retain the partnership and hold on for third place despite the inconvenience.

With horses like Fruity O’Rooney providing their syndicate members with such good sport it is of little surprise that Heart of the South Racing is proving so popular and successful.