Moore’s injuries end champion jockey hopes

Moore unlikely to ride Stoute's Workforce in Arc

The ripples from Ryan Moore's fall on Saturday are beginning to subside. Moore was riding the Michael Stoute trained Verdant in the Toyo Tires Handicap at Goodwood but was brought down when an injury to race leader Captain John Nixon led to him dropping back through the field.

Moore suffered a broken thumb and a broken humorous and is due to be operated on today. He has set out a clear objective of being fit to ride Workforce in the Arc de Triomphe. However, at the moment it is unclear whether he'll be fit to do so. Opinions vary as to how quickly he'll recover, with the most optimistic scenario suggesting he’ll be fit to ride in about 12 weeks time, whilst others suggest he'll be out until next season. In either case it must be doubtful whether he will be back riding in time for the Arc at the beginning of October. Moore also dislocated a shoulder, and although this has been put back in place, the damage may yet require an operation.

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When Moore's parents visited him yesterday in Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital, they found he wasn't in his room. His mother said, “He was in the gym, on a bike, and breaking sweat. He doesn't feel too bad at all. He just wants to get on and have the operations.”

Michael Stoute has not put any plans in place yet to find a regular alternative rider for his stable jockey. On his only run at yesterday Louis-Philippe Beuzelin rode Ashiri into second place at Windsor. Richard Mullen will take Stoute's next ride when Switchback is a rare Stoute runner on the all-weather at Kempton on Wednesday. However, there is no shortage of jockeys ready to make themselves available to Stoute. Agents for Tom Queally and Kieren Fallon have both said their jockeys would be very keen to take any opportunity to ride for the Stoute stable.

Moore was leading jockey for the season on 84 winners, but has already been overtaken by current champion Paul Hanagan and Silvestre de Sousa. They each now have 87 winners. Hanagan remains the favourite to retain his champion jockey crown, though de Sousa was cut to even money following a 151/1 treble yesterday at Ripon. However, de Sousa has a six day suspension imminent which may hamper his chances of a first title.

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