SUSSEX RACING: Horse-kick victim Moore makes quick return to yard

IT’S business as usual this week for Sussex trainer Gary Moore – despite him being left with a punctured lung and five broken ribs when he was kicked by a horse just a week ago.

Josh Moore wins on Gary Moore-trained Flute Bowl at Fontwell / Picture by Clive Bennett
Josh Moore wins on Gary Moore-trained Flute Bowl at Fontwell / Picture by Clive Bennett

The 59-year-old has made a speedy recovery after a brief spell in intensive care following the freak accident at his yard at Lower Beeding near Horsham last Thursday.

And his recovery has been given the perfect lift by wins for two of his jockey sons at Fontwell and a 1,500/1 treble for his yard on Sunday.

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His injuries occurred as he helped wife Jayne on to a horse at their Cisswood Stables, when another horse kicked out and landed him a heavy blow on his back.

Moore was taken to Redhill Hospital for treatment and he was kept in intensive care overnight as a precaution amid worries over fluid on his lung.

But after spending three nights in hospital, Monday found the stalwart back at his stables watching his string of horses being put through their paces.

He told how his injuries were inflicted by a horse that seemed to have a ‘bad attitude’.

Moore told the Racing Post doctors had drugged him up and told him to take things relatively easy and not doing anything stupid.

On Friday, while he was still in his hospital bed, jump-jockey sons Josh and Jamie Moore each notched wins at Fontwell, where their father is a regular in the winner’s enclosure. Josh’s win was on one of the Moore string, Flute Bowl, though Jamie’s victory came for a different trainer.

Then on Sunday, he watched from home as Ar Mad, Darebin and Vino Griego - a trio of horses ridden by Josh and Jamie (2) - gave him a dream treble at odds of just over 1,500/1.

Moore is following in unfortunate family footsteps – Josh, Jamie and his other jockey son, leading flat rider Ryan, have all had serious injuries this year.

Moore senior was a National Hunt jockey with more than 200 career wins.

He retired from the saddle in the early 1990s and went on to train horses. His training career started in Epsom where he trained for five years before taking over from his father Charlie in Brighton.

He was based at Ingleside Racing Stables, Brighton, for more than ten years before him and his wife relocated to Cisswood Racing Stables in Lower Beeding.

Cisswood has top-class racehorse training facilities with stabling for 90 racehorses.

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