Plumpton held their last meeting until September on Sunday afternoon and it was the setting for a very popular local success when the hurdler Hawk Gold broke his maiden at the age of nine to give Michelle Bryant a very welcome winner.
Michelle trains a couple of racehorses from her base near Chailey and rides on the flat, but her talents are not just limited to racing as she is also heavily involved in a number of other equine sports, such as the eventing field, and is also respected as an instructor and developer of young riders.
Many of them were on hand to give Hawk Gold a big welcome back to the winner’s enclosure as he was led in by his doting lass Emma Idle.
After the initial reception and before the celebrations got going in earnest, Michelle spoke to me of her pleasure at the victory.
“I told Conor to leave him (Hawk Gold) alone and let him creep into the race. The horse is a great jumper and loves this good ground.
“Conor has ridden an excellent race and I think he’ll do really well as a conditional.
“I was worried with the rain overnight but the horse has done us proud.
“This was great.”
Michelle was absolutely right about the ride Conor Shoemark gave her charge and he is definitely one of the brightest young prospects in the weighing room and his claim is extremely valuable.
Lewes trainer Jim Best introduced a nice young mare in the bumper at Plumpton by the name of Bugsys Girl.
The debutant sprinted clear of her field after betraying her greenness when veering off of a true line after hitting the front around two furlongs from home.
Her performance was rendered more notable after hearing Jim’s comments post race: “She’s still quite weak. What she’s done at home has been good but she hasn’t done that much and was probably only about 60 per cent ready for today. As you could see she’s still green and Tom (Scudamore) said she gave him a great feel. She could be a nice mare.”
Bugsys Girl definitely has a future based on the manner of this success and the insight given by his trainer.