Sussex spoils for Moore and Well Refreshed
Report: Plumpton, Sunday
At The Races Sussex National (Handicap Chase) (Class 3) 3m5f
JOSHUA MOORE produced a wonderfully patient ride on Well Refreshed, working his way from last at the start to first at the finish, out-jumping, out-galloping and out-staying his 11 rivals in the Sussex National.
With only the fourth passing of the winning post counting, Moore took his time, sneaking into the race and through the field, passing beaten runners as their challenges dropped away until the field made the railway turn for the final time.
That was when Moore made his move, having jumped the last in the back straight with five in front of him, he moved to take things up entering the home straight, pulling 28 lengths clear of Pettifour, with Double Dizzy taking third a further seven lengths adrift.
Moore, who rode a 20-1 winner at Sandown for his father on Saturday in the juvenile hurdle, received a glowing reference from a man who has ridden more winners around Plumpton than just about any jockey in history.
"Josh has given him an excellent ride - I shouldn't say that as he's my son but this is a novice horse, a big long lean horse who has only run three times taking on older handicappers," said Gary Moore.
"We're in the hands of the handicapper and he needs time between his races but if he comes out of this okay there is the Somerset National at Wincanton, which would be a race for him."
Joshua Moore, enjoying the biggest win of his career, said: "He struggled a bit early on but when you get him travelling he keeps picking off the horses and he loves soft ground as he just keeps galloping."
They went a decent gallop from the start, which played into Moore's hands, and as the field depleted one-by-one, he slowly edged closer. When taking it up Moore was decisive, asserting and putting the race to bed.
It afforded him the luxury of sitting up at the last and allowing Well Refreshed to fiddle his way over it. Hearts were in mouths as the pair hit the fence and stumbled on landing, but the partnership remainded in tact and they were able to stroll across the line.