He perhaps splits opinion, but there’s no doubt that Gary Moore is towards the top of the training ranks. The West Sussex-based trainer has been ticking over to start the new jumps season, with a 14% strike-rate from 37 total runners.
That strike-rate could be elevated on Monday, however, as he sends a pair of horses on a huge 360-mile round trip to Newton Abbot. The journey alone makes them interesting, but Moore also holds a 38% strike-rate at Newton Abbot in the past five seasons. Last campaign, he sent just four runners there, with two of them returning home as winners.
His two Monday runners make into an 81-1 double, the details and analysis can be found below!
1.15 Newton Abbot – Talk Tidy Marketing Handicap Hurdle
He might be the outsider of the field, but don’t discount Vision Clear solely based on his odds. He’s an infrequent winner, but he currently sits on a very dangerous rating. He was once rated 122 and competes off a mark of just 99 on Monday.
Granted, that’s certainly warranted, as his recent form has seen him soundly beaten on three occasions in 2021. That being said, he’s raced in higher grades for all of those runs and he’ll certainly appreciate dropping back into Class 5 company for the first time.
This is the easiest assignment he’s faced over hurdles thus far and if he was going to capitalise on his declining mark, now would likely be the time. He has his conditions and with the race likely to pan out in his favour, he’s entitled to plenty of respect.
2.15 Newton Abbot – Racing Partnership Juvenile Maiden Hurdle
His strongest chance comes one hour later in the form of Langafel, who was a five-race maiden on the flat for these connections. He was well beaten in two recent handicap starts at Bath and Lingfield, but a switch to hurdling could be the answer.
He’s shaped as though he was a likely stayer in those two aforementioned starts, especially at Bath where he started making headway late on. He makes his hurdling debut against other horses who were modest on the level and he doesn’t have much to find with them based on their flat form.
The forecast rain, given that his best flat form is on softer ground, is certainly in his favour too. Moore has certainly found him a good opportunity and he should be in the shake up under Jamie Moore.
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