THE sunshine smiled on Ladies Day at Plumpton as a great crowd enjoyed the competitive racing that provided the centrepiece to a Sunday afternoon with lots of additional attractions as the course brought down the curtain on its current campaign.
The final race on the card treated racegoers to a view of some potentially useful young horses who between them should be found plenty of winning opportunities as their fledgling careers develop in the months ahead.
Prior to the contest it became clear a number of the trainers were more than optimistic that their particular charges had the ability to make an impact at the business end of this race.
Ultimately, it was Come On Laurie who ran out an impressive winner and took the first step to justifying the £80,000 spent on acquiring him last year. A son of one of the leading National Hunt stallions in Oscar he appears to have inherited some of the quality his sire often imparts on his stock.
Having set out to make all, the gelding was still in front off of the home bend and it never really looked as though his rivals were going to pick him up. His trainer Lawney Hill was understandably enthusiastic about his future after she welcomed her four-year-old and jockey David Bass back to the winner’s enclosure.
Hill said: “We’ve never been able to get him off the bridle in his work at home so I told David there was no problem if he felt he wanted to go on.
“I definitely think he has a future and will probably bring him back in the autumn after a summer at grass.”
Although vanquished on this occasion, the connections of the third-placed Old Dreams also have plenty to look forward to, and trainer Nick Gifford confirmed my enthusiasm for the performance of the mare.
“I was very pleased. I have got her on lease from Ireland where she will return one day to take on a career as a broodmare. She is six but she’s just been given time to develop and there have been no problems physically that I’ve been made aware of.
“Her pedigree marks her down as a staying type and all being well I’ll get her back on the track shortly.
“I like her a lot so think the winner might be pretty good but mine should find some mares races no problem and will obviously enjoy a step up in trip when the time comes.”
Trainer Gary Moore expressed his disappointment with his runner Cruz On Ted to me as he thought he would win. But he should not be too downhearted as this attractive individual has plenty of potential, and when the trainer gets a grip on the horse’s over-exuberant mental state he should have a useful novice hurdler on his hands.
Trainer Charles Egerton was also keen on his newcomer, John Gully, beforehand and felt he would be well suited by conditions. This nicely-bred five-year-old gelding was very noisy in the pre-parade ring and all the signs were he can only benefit enormously for this experience.
His trainer’s enthusiasm should not be forgotten.
This race was a really good note for Plumpton to sign off on until September and it would surprise me considerably if there are not a good few wins in the future for these.
Trainer Moore will be hopeful his promising Shamardan can kick off his three-year-old career in good style tonight at Doncaster in a seven furlong handicap.
It is difficult to say if he can be competitive at this trip off of his current mark but he is very well thought of by connections and his performance should be noted.