Horse Racing with Jason Hall

THE majority of our local trainers’ principally train National Hunt horses’ and with the season set to step up a gear over the coming weeks’ they will be steadily bringing their strings into full work with those who have autumn campaigns planned on the verge of being ready to see the racecourse.

Gary Moore will once again be the Sussex trainer with the largest and generally speaking the best quality prospects’ going into the winter campaign.

He has a couple of nice types entered at Fontwell on Saturday and spoke about them earlier this week.

“Grabtheglory is a horse I have always liked and he will start off his year in the novice hurdle. He has done well over the summer and this looks a good place to start. I think the step up in trip will suit him. Sircozy is also entered and the same comments apply to him. It is the plan to focus him on a hurdling campaign rather than a winter on the all weather but I suppose that is something to fall back on if things didn’t work out. He likes the better ground and though he doesn’t look brilliantly handicapped I will be disappointed if both he and Grabtheglory don’t run very well. The ground at Fontwell at the moment is already good to firm and if it gets any quicker that will be make me think twice about running. But as things stand, this is a good place for both of them to start off at and though I won’t be having loads of runners’ this meeting is really where my jumps season starts.”

Looking from the outside in, both Grabtheglory and Sircozy are young horses’ from good families who have shown signs in their short jumping careers that they have the potential to develop into decent handicappers given time.

I would expect the rise in trip to benefit them and Gary seems to concur, which is encouraging.

I don’t expect to see too much of either on testing ground, so we may see the best of them in the autumn and spring.

For me, whatever Grabtheglory does over hurdles will be bettered when he sees a fence.

He was also still quite green when winning his first hurdle race at Plumpton in May and it seems experience will help him to progress.

I also asked Gary about additions to his string.

“I have a few new horses’ in but my numbers are slightly down. I’ve got just over fifty I think. I haven’t been able to spend any decent money through the summer and that is down to the recession. Its’ not ideal but you get on with it.”

Gary might be able to improve at least one of his owner’s potential to buy if Jupiter Storm is able to win the £500,000 2yo Trophy at Newmarket on Saturday.

“There is a chance the horse will run as the owner is very keen to give it a shot. At the moment nothing is written in stone about him going but the possibility does exist” was Gary’s comment.

Last week I mentioned that Ryan Moore had been riding work and he is due to return to competitive race riding today.

His remarkable return to fitness gives him the chance to be ready to ride Workforce in Sunday’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

The flagship race in the French calendar was won by Moore on Workforce last year and the opportunity to double up is a real.

If Workforce and Moore were to succeed he would be the first horse since the magnificent Alleged in the late seventies to complete back to back victories in this highly prestigious race.