Horse Racing with Jason Hall – Moore is in top form ahead of Plumpton’s six-race card

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Sussex trainer Gary Moore has been in outstanding form over the past few weeks, firing in winners under both codes, and is perhaps a little unfortunate that he has his string in such fine form whilst the country has been blighted by such inclement weather conditions.

Amongst his recent flurry of winners was a nice young individual who made a winning start to his hurdling career at Lingfield. Chris Pea Green was impressive in seeing off an admittedly only fair field and appeared to relish the stamina sapping ground conditions that are commonplace during the winter at the Surrey track.

The four-year-old gelding was too keen for his own good during the early part of the race but he settled better as the race unfolded and his hurdling also improved through the contest. He waltzed away from his rivals to ultimately win by 20 lengths.

“He’s done that well and we’ll have to step him up now to find out a bit more about him” were the comments of Gary Moore straight after the race.

It is impossible to say with any conviction just how far Chris Pea Green will progress, but with a bumper and hurdles win under his belt from just three starts he has made a good start to his career.

His dam has produced three multiple winners on the flat and I feel his performances to date will have connections very hopeful that he can develop into a decent handicap hurdler.

Plumpton are hoping that the recent cold snap will relent over the weekend as they have a six-race card scheduled for Monday afternoon. Our local jumps venue has received great support from trainers and the high volume of five day entries suggests the final declarations could be well subscribed and provide another entertaining and competitive day’s racing.

The ground was already soft prior to the snowfall earlier in the week and should racing go ahead punters will be looking for horses that relish attritional conditions. Lough Coi would fit the bill if he takes his chance in the two mile handicap chase.