Love And Glory takes Plumpton prize

Gary Moore has the Cheltenham Festival in mind for Love And Glory after he got off the mark over obstacles in the Grout Insurance Brokers Juvenile Novices' Hurdle at Plumpton.

Gary Moore has the Cheltenham Festival in mind for Love And Glory after he got off the mark over obstacles in the Grout Insurance Brokers Juvenile Novices' Hurdle at Plumpton.

The 9-4 chance finished down the field in a Grade Two event at Cheltenham last month but travelled kindly throughout in this lesser event.

The three-year-old was third turning for home but picked up well in the straight under Jamie Moore and only had to be kept up to his work on the run-in to score by two and a half lengths from Nino Cochise.

"He travelled very well which you need to in this ground and I was glad they went a good gallop early as he can just race a bit keen," Moore said.

"If he could settle down he would be a much better horse but he is always wanting to do 50mph in a 30mph limit.

"Hopefully now he might learn he doesn't have to go so fast all the time. We will give him a break and see what sort of mark he gets, but something like the Fred Winter at Cheltenham would be an option."

The Moores doubled up in the following Hospice Raceday Novices' Chase, with Heathcote getting the better of Jigsaw Dancer in a thrilling finish.

The 2007 totesport Trophy winner looked up against it turning for home, with market leader Jigsaw Dancer travelling well at the head of affairs.

However, Moore junior kept persevering with his mount and after fine jump at the final fence, he clawed the leader back to score by half a length.

Noel Chance's Aux Le Bahnn justified favouritism in impressive style in the Clockmakers "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.

The 4-9 chance went to the front three flights from the finish and the result looked in little doubt thereafter as he galloped away from his rivals to score by seven lengths under Richard Johnson.

"He had a leg problem last year and I should have stopped with him but I didn't and he didn't manage to win a race," said Chance.

"However, he's still a novice as a result and he's always been a horse who has shown us a lot at home so fingers crossed.

"He will go for a better class novice race next time and that will help us decide where to go. He could sneak into something like the Coral Cup or if he was impressive you would have to consider the SunAlliance (Ballymore Properties) Hurdle.

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