Gary Moore is delighted with Goshen’s progress after the four-year-old’s latest run-out at Goodwood, coming home third behind Natural History and Hyanna in a 1m3f Handicap on Sunday.
Moore is gradually easing Goshen back into form after an infamous mistake at Cheltenham in March that saw jockey Jamie Moore unseated at the final flight of the JCB Triumph Hurdle when well clear.
Speaking on the latest episode of Paddy Power’s From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, the Sussex-based trainer confirmed that he is now aiming Goshen at Wincanton’s Elite Hurdle next month.
Moore said: “I was delighted with him at Goodwood, because he’s running 0-105s and when he started off life he was running 0-65s. There is a big difference.
“He did tremendously well during lockdown, like a lot of humans did! You’re always reminded about the good horses because they come back [strong] at the start of a new season. He just needs races.
“I’ve got a rough plan in mind for Goshen. His next run will be on November 7 at Wincanton in the Elite Hurdle. We won’t see him again on the Flat this season.”
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Goshen had won six races in a row – three on the Flat and three over hurdles – before disaster struck at Cheltenham, and he was last on his comeback run in the Close Brothers Premium Finance Handicap at Haydock last month.
But signs of recovery are there for Moore’s superstar hurdler while the experienced trainer is also pleased with the performances of other horses in his stable.
“Beat The Judge won well at Fontwell, in a race that might not have been that strong,” he said.
“We’ll know more when he goes to Cheltenham later on this month in a Novice Chase. That will give us a true indication of how good he is.
“He’s now rated 145, so it’s got to be straight Novices for him. He is very much ground-dependent and he has got to have good-to-fast ground so we might get into problems as the season goes on.
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“I’m also very pleased with Full Back, although I would like to see him jump a bit better. He’s good when he’s good, but when he gets in a bit close he’s not quite so clever.
“He’s only five so hopefully the recent run under his belt will only make him better. He’s a horse who we like a lot and hopefully he’s going to have decent future. His next run will be at Ascot.”
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