A number of Sussex trainers have been enjoying a profitable June and there have been visits to the winner’s enclosure for Jim Best, Luke Dace, Gary Moore and Zoe Davison.
Planetoid finally got off the mark over hurdles when landing a gamble for the Jim Best team at Newton Abbot.
The race was his first venture into handicap company and sustained support throughout the day was vindicated with a straightforward success. Since his switch from the flat stable of David Lanigan where he was a dual winner, Planetoid has been held back by his poor hurdling and the hard work and effort that Jim and his team have put into the horse to rectify that flaw over the six months since his last visit to the track was finally rewarded. “We’ve done a lot of work with the horse to build his confidence and got to the stage where we were happy with him,” said the trainer.
“He had a nasty fall at Plumpton which set him back and the soft ground in the winter wasn’t doing him any favours. The work we’ve done allied to the better ground in a low class race gave him a good chance and thankfully he took it.”
On a personal note, some of the reaction from the national racing press to the win was nothing more than a scandalous attempt to create a story and their clumsy interpretation of the progress of Planetoid, and the ability of his trainer, was a disservice not only to their profession but also to the sport itself.
Zoe Davison, meanwhile, landed a welcome success for her team at Hammerwood when Wishformore scored at Lingfield recently. Zoe has a couple of options lined up for the horse back at the Surrey track this weekend when she will be hopeful he can follow up his surprise win.
The team of Gary Moore and Heart of the South racing have also been back amongst the winners, with Jupiter Storm winning the second of his two races this year in impressive style at Windsor, and Good Luck Charm confirming his good work at home when winning at Brighton this week.
Jupiter Storm has been raised a stone but has a couple of options open to him including a trip to Royal Ascot or a race back at Windsor in eight days’ time – with the latter looking the right call.
This weekend the Heart of the South owned Shamahan should be noted after an encouraging start to campaign.