Horse Racing with Jason Hall

RACING took place at Plumpton on Monday afternoon and the seven-race card provided some competitive racing which threw up a few horses who should be able to find winning opportunities in the future, either at a similar level or, certainly in one instance, progress to a better class in time.

During the afternoon, trainers and jockeys alike were very complimentary about the condition of the track, the comment of “beautiful ground” from rider Sam Twiston-Davies encapsulating the general consensus.

Sam scored a winning treble on the card for his father Nigel and it was the first leg of that trio, Tara Rose, who was for me the most impressive winner on the card.

The six-year-old came into this mares-only novice hurdle on the back of a very disappointing effort at Stratford.

It was also her first run for her new trainer since leaving David Evans and, as her pedigree suggested, the step up in trip was a great benefit to her.

This had looked a fairly open event prior to racing but the field was stretched out with three hurdles left to jump and Tara Rose only had one realistic challenger left in the shape of Silver Wren.

However, as the pair left the back straight, Sam increased the pace and quickly put ground between the two.

Tara Rose ran on to great effect all the way up the home straight and after this ready success she certainly looks the type who can be placed to win more of these staying mares hurdles and progress through to a higher grade.

This was only her third race over hurdles and her owner Brian Mould commented post race on her straightforward nature: “She’s a bit of fun but she’s dead genuine.

“What you see is what you get. She gives everything.”

Judiciary won the opening race on the card with an ultimately workmanlike success over a modest field of young hurdlers. The form of his close second at Cheltenham looked to warrant a good performance here and though it appeared rather dour, Chris Morgan, who was representing the trainer Tim Vaughan, felt the horse was not at his best.

“I think this has come a little soon after Cheltenham,” he said. “He is better than you have seen today and will be a fair novice.”

Wood Yer was the final leg of the Twiston-Davies father and son treble and though not always fluent on this chasing debut he is a good size for jumping fences.

He did produce an excellent leap at the last to seal his win and his pedigree definitely lends itself to stamina which should see him progress with age.

Jockey Sam said afterwards: “He’s only a young horse and I think jumping fences will be the making of him, especially off this sort of mark.”

He can win again in the near future.

This weekend, the Sheena West-trained chaser Golan Way is scheduled to make his return to action in the valuable Badger Ales Trophy at Wincanton.

He will have to shoulder top weight, which may be an issue for a horse of his constitution, but this classy individual will be well suited by the sharp track, forecast good ground and three mile plus trip.

This race looks a good starting point for the season and with the stable having been in good form this autumn, everyone will be looking forward to an encouraging seasonal debut from which to build.

Also entered at Wincanton is Goring One who was so unlucky not to win at Plumpton two weeks or so ago.

If he makes the cut, it will be interesting to see if he can cope with the step up in class.