Treble win keeps Heart beating

Megan Nicholls (left of picture) was the Silk Series trophy winner last year / Picture by Dan

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Heart of the South Racing (HOTSR) are closing in on their best-ever year.

The family-run, West Sussex company are one of the market leaders in racehorse ownership.

They offer shares in horses which are perfect for partnerships and syndicates.

And having played a part in 10 victories on the track in 2013, they are just two short of their record set in 2011.

Jupiter Storm, Good Luck Charm and Lightning Spirit all recorded wins on the flat last month to push HOTSR within striking distance of their top tally.

All three are trained by Lower Beeding handler Gary Moore, who himself is having a stunning year both on the level and over jumps.

It has not all been good news for HOTSR, though.

They recently had to retire Invincible Spirit gelding Mohanad, who chalked up four wins in a 49-race career.

Last seen in training with Findon’s Philip Hide, the seven-year-old reached a career-high mark of 129 over hurdles and 83 on the flat.

But despite the retirement of the talent, HOTSR have plenty of fire-power left as they bid to break new ground this summer.

HOTSR’s Sarah Bell said: ‘We didn’t think 2013 could get much better.

‘But three more winners in June mean we are now just two short of our 2011 total of 12 winners – and we’re only halfway through the year!

‘It has been a sad month, too, as we’ve said goodbye to four-time winner Mohanad, who has been retired from racing.

‘This horse has been a star for us, so we are delighted that he goes off to a wonderful home and a second career as a riding horse for Lin Stone.

‘Many of our owners know Lin as the person who looks after our horses so well on their annual holidays.’

Jupiter Storm kicked off the stunning month with an eight-length win – at 7/2 – in the Exclusive William Buick Blog Handicap in the hands of Ryan Moore.

Good Luck Charm then continued the syndicate managers’ fine form with a 7/1 victory in the Andy Clifford Handicap at Brighton.

And two weeks later, HOTSR returned to the Sussex track to roar Lightning Spirit on to success in the Worsley Pipe Center Handicap at 7/2.

Good Luck Charm, who is now rated 80, is all set to return to action at Epsom tomorrow in the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Handicap (7.45pm).