THE past week has proven fruitful for a number of the trainers from the local area and none more so than Cisswood handler Gary Moore, who rewarded his many followers in Brighton when firing in three winners across the course of the two-day meeting there at the end of last week.
His first winner, Lightning Spirit, completed a double at the track for the Framfield based Heart of the South Racing Club who had early won with their juvenile Bheleyf in the maiden.
To this point, Lightning Spirit has been a little unpredictable at the racecourse but has always given connections plenty of reasons for optimism in her homework.
The impression remains that her official rating under-estimates her full potential and the manner of her victory makes it quite difficult for the handicapper to overly punish her for this win.
The filly strikes me as the type to remain competitive in similar handicap company over the coming weeks.
And if she thrives on this winning experience could find herself well placed to exploit her position at the right end of the handicap and further reward the faith of her trainer and syndicate.
Moore will also have been delighted by the easy success of Steely on the second day of the Brighton meeting.
The four-year-old gelding has now won two on the spin from just three starts for the yard since his switch from the Lewes stables of Jim Best.
Steely remains lightly raced, and though life will be tougher after the handicapper took revenge by hiking him up 9lbs for this win, the easy nature of both his wins and the fact that Moore believes the horse is only just starting to come to himself means hopes will be high he can continue to build on his successful start to the current campaign.
I spoke last week of the good form Sheena West and her team were in and though Alfraamsey was narrowly run out of things in a decent little race at Stratford on Saturday night, his performance reflected my comments.
And further weight was added to them on Sunday when Screaming Brave made light of his long absence from the track to win nicely at Fontwell for the Falmer handler.
Sheena, speaking, post-race on the latter’s victory, said: “Screaming Brave has been ready to run for about six weeks but doesn’t want soft ground.
“We were confident about today until we saw the forecast and we just got away with the ground – he wants it fast.
“He shouldn’t bounce and we could mix and match jumping with running on the turf on the flat.”
Meanwhile, Lewes trainer Suzy Smith was at Stratford on Friday evening to see her mare Emmaslegend given a very good ride by the promising conditional jockey Gavin Sheehan when winning a long distance handicap hurdle.
The mare is rather one-paced but travels well in her races and looks to be cut from exactly the same cloth as her talented full sister and stable mate Aimigayle.
The younger sister looks made for a fence and Smith spoke about her after Friday’s win: “The plan is to return to fences at Uttoxeter on July 1.
“We ran over hurdles here because there was nothing else for her and she was nicely handicapped. Gavin is very good value for his 7lb claim.”
Emmaslegend had some issues with her breathing earlier in her career and with those problems looking to be behind her now, it will be fascinating to see how the daughter of Midnight Legend progresses.
Finally, a quick reflection on last weekend’s Derby winner, Camelot.
The manner of the win was superb and meant Aidan O’Brien has won all four UK Classics this season.