BY his own standards, the Cisswood trainer Gary Moore has been relatively quiet in recent weeks and the same applies to his form for the past couple of meetings at Plumpton where he is perennially the leading trainer, writes Jason Hall.
An indication that the team are returning to top form came last week when two or three all weather winners aided his cause and his entry for Plumpton’s meeting on Monday features a couple of interesting novices with good prospects of confirming his mantle as the man to beat at the track.
Guarino is a seven-year-old gelding that Gary appears to have shown great patience with as his last run was his first in 21 months and he has not seen the track for 18 months since.
His entry in the novice hurdle that will open Plumpton’s card on Monday is nevertheless interesting as the son of Acatenango is brother to a Listed winning mare and also another Group winning mare’, an indication of quality that is always noteworthy.
The fact that he even remains in training is intriguing and he looks like a horse to take note of should he finally return to the course on Monday.
Another Moore entry for the same race is Time Book who also appears to have had his problems.
Since his purchase for £28,000 in 2009 he has raced just once for Gary and that was when a promising fourth at Lingfield on the third of this month.
A winner on the flat for John Gosden, this son of Galileo looks sure to progress from that outing and although there are a few other notable five day entries, particularly from the Henderson and Lavelle yards, Time Book should give a good account if he takes up the option.
The novice chases that form part of the Cheltenham £60,000 Bonus Series at Plumpton have been a great success and another is scheduled for Monday for which the five-day entry has once again been well supported.
Master Of The Hall is from the Nicky Henderson academy and despite his defeat in a leading event at Cheltenham last time, he remains a young chaser of some potential and along with entries for course winner’s Tullamore Dew and Ranjobaie along with Williams Wishes and Sarando the contest looks like being another classy and competitive race.
Heart Of The South Racing who run their successful breeding and syndication operation here in East Sussex are represented at the first entry stage of the race by the game, front runner Fruity O’Rooney and I spoke with their main man John Penny earlier this week.
“We were really pleased with him at Fontwell and if he had kicked on sooner he might have made the winner work even harder.
“He ate up well the following day and was looking great. His first choice this weekend is at Warwick but he will run at Plumpton if there is an abandonment. I’ve said before he loves jumping.”
It would be remiss of me not to mention the rearranged King George VI Chase which takes place this weekend at Kempton.
Every racing fan across the country who does not have a vested interest outside of the great Kauto Star will be willing that horse to achieve a record fifth consecutive victory in the race.
The magnitude of his achievement in winning four straight is incredible enough and to win again will just further cement a place in history for a horse who we now all tend to take a little for granted and whose true abilities will not, as usual, be fully appreciated for a few years to come yet.