Moore and Murtagh miss out after falls

Pat Smullen sprints for Lottie ride

Jockeys Ryan Moore and Johnny Murtagh and Joseph O’Brien suffered injuries in separate incidents yesterday, with Moore missing out on a Group 1 victory, and Murtagh missing out on up to the three weeks riding.

Ryan Moore was due to ride Excelebration in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville, but in the Listed Prix Francois Boutin for two-year-olds the saddle slipped on the 9/10 favourite, Havana Gold, inside the final furlong, and Moore was dumped on the turf. He was stood down for the rest of the day, and had his hand swathed in ice as he advised deputy Christophe Soumillon about Excelebration.

Moore can count himself fortunate, as he suffered a fall from Romeo Montague in the Goodwood Handicap at the start of the month, but suffered only minor soft tissue damage. Yesterday’s fall led him to comment to the Racing Post, “I think I’ll be alright but, like I said last week, when you have a fall it’s not always best to just carry on. You should not be kidding yourself –if it needs time, it needs time.”

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Moore won’t want to be out of the saddle long, with Richard Hughes now breathing down his neck in the jockeys’ championship, but is taking the day off today and planning to return at Yarmouth tomorrow night.

Johnny Murtagh looks to have been less fortunate, and was heading for an x-ray on a suspected broken jaw after his mount in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes, Lottie Dod, jinked leaving the parade ring and kicked him in the face as he fell. Chief Medical Officer of the Irish Turf Club, Dr Adrian McGoldrick said: "Johnny has fractured a small bone under his eye and he will have further tests done on a larger cheekbone tomorrow morning which I am a bit concerned about."

In what must have been one of the fastest ever jockey bookings, Pat Smullen took over the ride, and piloted Lottie Dod to a third place, presumably with rather less advice from Murtagh than Ryan Moore was able to pass on to his substitute in France. I had always thought that once the jockeys had weighed out, a replacement was not allowed, so I was surprised to see what took place. I certainly can’t recall any other time when this has happened.

Joseph O’Brien’s mishap came about during this race. He was riding Coventry Stakes third placed Cristoforo Columbus. As he started a run with a furlong left he clipped heels with Probably and fell, though the only damage here was to O’Brien’s pride. The race doctor checked him over and confirmed he was fit enough to continue riding.

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