Plumpton preview: Reblis ready to rock for in-form Moore
David Metcalf | December 14, 2015
Trainer Gary Moore has his team in tremendous shape, and Reblis can take advantage of a drop in the weights to provide him with another winner in the 3m 1f handicap chase on today’s card at Plumpton (13.50).
The gelding is a thorough stayer who revels in the mud and has won three of his eight starts at the venue.
In the last of those successes, Reblis stayed on strongly to beat Smoking Aces by 4 1/2 lengths in the 2014 running of the Sussex National off a mark of 119.
The 10-year-old was harshly hit with an 11lb rise for that success, and struggled to make any impact in his next five starts.
However, that resulted in the handicapper cutting Reblis some slack and he ran well to finish third in this year’s running of the Sussex National of a rating of 117.
The son of Assessor is now able to race off just 111, and comes into the contest on the back of an excellent run over hurdles when runner-up at Lingfield over an inadequate 2m 3f.
That was a huge step back in the right direction, and Reblis looks weighted to take all the beating if building on it now that he has his optimum conditions.
Burgess Dream to go one better
In the 3m 1f handicap hurdle (14.20), Burgess Dream looks decent value to open his account under rules.
The gelding was a winning pointer in Ireland before joining trainer Anna Newton-Smith, and has posted improved efforts to finish runner-up on his last two starts.
After chasing home wide margin winner General Girling in a novices’ handicap hurdle at Fontwell, the six-year-old posted a career-best effort last tine out when a 10 length second to Leith Hill Agasi over fences at this track.
Burgess Dream raced with plenty of zest in the latter and was the only one who tried to give the winner a race.
It was an effort which suggested his time was near, and having been allotted an opening handicap mark of 100 Burgess Dream is now able to race off just 90.
That gives Burgess Dream major claims from a handicapping perspective, and with underfoot conditions holding no fears everything looks in place for a big run.
12.10: Theo’s Charm
12.45: Zamdy Man
13.20: McKenzie’s Friend
13.50: Reblis (NAP)
14.20: Burgess Dream (NB)
14.55: Black Narcissus
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