LOCAL trainer Gary Moore has enjoyed a good week registering a couple of winners.
And, with his team in decent shape, he is looking forward to the weekend as he has some nice prospects entered at Royal Ascot and Newmarket for whom he holds high hopes for the second half of the flat season.
Both Clearwater Bay and Bobbyscot will take up their entries in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes at the Royal meeting and Gary spoke to me earlier in the week about these two formerly high class five-year-old geldings.
“These horses have both had serious injuries in the past that have kept them off the track for some time.
“Clearwater Bay was with Aiden O’Brien and on his last start was sent off favourite for the Irish Cesarewitch.
“He has been pleasing me in his work and whilst it is difficult to imagine he will be as good as he was he does look to be on the right track.
“Bobbyscot was second in a Group race on his last start and was bought by his connections to have a go at the Russian Derby. He too has done well and I think he might still be able to get back to something like his best. Saturday is really about them finding their feet but if it goes well I think both can win races before the end of the season.”
Gary also has a decent three-year-old handicapper in the shape of Dutch Old Master entered at Newmarket on Saturday and Windsor on Monday evening and, after winning his maiden, he ran a creditable race at the Epsom Derby meeting at the start of this month.
“He had some niggly problems which stopped him making the track as a two-year-old. Where he runs is dependent on who’s available to ride him. I’m not quite sure what his best trip will be as he is a half brother to the sprinter Triple Aspect (a dual Group 3 winner) but runs like he will get a mile.
“He is in good shape and is going the right way.”
Personally I felt Dutch Old Master ran a very encouraging race at Epsom, which is a notoriously difficult track with its steep undulations and pronounced camber.
For a horse making just his second racecourse appearance, I thought he showed that his current official rating is likely to provide him with a winning opportunity when questions about the kind of trip that suits him best have been answered.
Cabimas attracted plenty of morning support on Tuesday before winning on his hurdling debut at Newton Abbott and Gary is confident he has a potentially nice novice on his hands.
He said: “The ground is important to him, he wants a good cut. He was placed in Listed class in Germany and will come on a lot for his win at Newton Abbott.
“I achieved what I wanted with him there and he will be put away until the autumn now. He is a nice horse.”
Falmer trainer Sheena West has a great record with cast-offs from the Mick Channon yard and, with that trainer’s penchant for horses sired by his formerly high class Group winner Imperial Guest, a few by that versatile stallion have ultimately found their way down to West for a hurdling career.
Brilliant Barca and Mr Muddle are a couple of good examples and Sheena acquired another in the shape of Chilworth Lass for just 400 guineas last autumn. Only able to win in selling class on the flat, she will be no world beater but if the ground remains good or quicker she is of interest in a weak race at Hereford on Sunday.