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Josh Moore joining father Gary on training licence

Josh Moore is the newest name to the training ranks as he joins his father Gary on the licence.

Moore has played a key role in the Lower Beeding operation since retiring from race-riding following serious injury, but will now officially become one half of the father and son training combination, with Platinum Prince scheduled to be the duo’s first runner at Lingfield on Thursday.

Moore senior also suggested further changes to the arrangements at the family’s Cisswood Racing Stables could be on the cards, with the 67-year-old admitting there will come a time when he hands control to both Josh and his brother Jamie, who hung up his own riding boots in February.

“Josh is joining me on the licence, but hardly anything will change at home,” he explained.

“It had to be done because Josh would have had to go and resit his modules again (if he didn’t).

“It will nice be for him to be on the licence and it won’t be long until another one comes on and one comes off. That’s what will happen and I hope so, but there’s a lot to put into place first.”

He continued: “I couldn’t have carried on without them (Josh and Jamie) and the rest of the team. It’s not all about me, it’s about everyone else as well.”

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Recently-retired trio grateful for Sandown tribute

Paddy Brennan, Jamie Moore and Aidan Coleman may have all bowed out during the 2023-24 campaign, but they enjoyed one more moment in the spotlight when honoured at Sandown’s end-of-season finale.

The trio have celebrated great moments in the saddle and received mementos to commemorate their careers during the prize-giving ceremony that preceded the final jumps meeting of the season.

Paddy Brennan was the most recent of the three to hang up his boots, waving goodbye after steering Fergal O’Brien’s Manothepeople to victory at Cheltenham earlier this month.

He has no regrets about his decision but the 2004-2005 leading conditional jockey was delighted to finally get his moment to grace the champions’ stage at Sandown.

Paddy Brennan bowed out at Cheltenham earlier this month
Paddy Brennan bowed out at Cheltenham earlier this month (Tim Goode/PA)

“It’s lovely to see everyone at Sandown and I’ve never been on the stage before. When I was champion conditional, I had to go to Market Rasen that day and I rode for Martin Pipe,” said Brennan.

“I’m so lucky to have got to the end of my career and I have loved it, but I’m definitely ready for the next chapter.

“I think I was semi-retired for a while anyway, as I wasn’t riding so much, but I was always scared of retiring, as you never know how you’re going to feel. I never wanted to go back once I retired and I’m very happy with my decision.”

Jamie Moore enjoyed some of his finest hours at Sandown aboard Sire De Grugy and he was equally thrilled to be honoured by the course, having crossed over to retirement in February.

Retiring jockeys Aidan Coleman, Jamie Moore and Paddy Brennan at Sandown
Retiring jockeys Aidan Coleman, Jamie Moore and Paddy Brennan at Sandown (Steven Paston for the Jockey Club/PA)

“I had a long career and I’ve been overwhelmed by the appreciation I have had just for doing a hobby really,” said Moore.

“Sandown means a lot me and I’ve had some brilliant days here and it’s my favourite track. It’s really nice to get this recognition and I don’t feel like I deserve it, but I’ve enjoyed a brilliant career.

“To go out with Paddy and Aidan, two lads I’ve known for a very long time, is brilliant and it’s very kind to give us this trophy.”

Moore was sporting some rather fashionable bandages on his nose courtesy of a recent operation and he joked: “I’ve had a wind-op, you can declare the wind-op on the racecard now.”

Like Moore, Aidan Coleman’s career was cut short by injury woes and it was perhaps fitting that he was given a share of the limelight on the day one of his showpiece rides Jonbon put in a dazzling display to pick up the Celebration Chase.

Having enjoyed fantastic victories aboard the likes of Paisley Park and Put The Kettle On, the multiple Grade One-winning rider is now searching for his next opportunity in the sport.

“I wouldn’t have minded a few more years, but I’m happy with what I’ve achieved, at the same time,” said Coleman.

“I’m very grateful to Sandown and it means a lot to myself, Paddy and Jamie.

“I’m looking forward to whatever might come next and I’m kind of struggling to find a place, but hopefully something will turn up.”

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Festival-winning rider Jamie Moore calls time on career in saddle

Cheltenham Festival-winning jockey Jamie Moore has announced his retirement from the saddle on medical advice following a fall last year.

Moore, 39, is the son of trainer Gary and the brother of Josh, Ryan and Hayley – all of whom are well-known faces in the racing industry.

After starting out in 2001, Moore was the champion conditional rider at the end of the 2003-04 season when based in Somerset with Martin Pipe, for whom he rode his first significant winners in graded events.

Naturally much of his riding was on behalf of his father and it was the popular chestnut Sire De Grugy who became the horse of a lifetime for both when winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in 2014 – one of 17 victories, with Moore in the saddle each time.

Moore rode 968 winners across his career and took the 2014 Scottish Grand National on Al Co for trainer Peter Bowen in the same season that Sire De Grugy was on the Grade One-winning streak that saw him named British Jumps Horse of the Year.

Jamie Moore aboard Sire De Grugy at Sandown in 2014
Jamie Moore aboard Sire De Grugy at Sandown in 2014 (Steve Parsons/PA)

A heavy fall at Lingfield in late November last year left the rider with a fractured vertebra as well as broken ribs and a broken nose, with doctors advising him not return to the saddle as a result of the injuries he sustained.

In a statement issued via the Professional Jockeys Association, he said: “It is with huge regret that, following my last fall in November 2023, I will not be returning to race riding.

“After being checked by top neurologists and spinal specialists, and taking advice from Dr Jerry Hill and the doctors who’ve seen me the most in my career – Dr Rizwan Ghani and Dr Lucy Free – I have been medically advised not to race ride again.

“I would like to thank everyone who has stuck by me and supported me throughout my 22-year career. Obviously I have been very lucky to have such a good trainer in my father Gary, who’s always supported me, along with his brilliant, faithful owners. My mother Jayne and my wife Lucie have also always been there for me.

“Back to the start and my first boss, Mr Pipe, who helped me become champion conditional. To every other trainer and every owner I’ve ridden for; my agent Dave Roberts; my sponsors; all the brilliant stable staff and the PJA and the Injured Jockeys Fund, who have always been so supportive.

Jamie Moore and Goshen taking the Coral Hurdle in 2022
Jamie Moore and Goshen taking the Coral Hurdle in 2022 (John Walton/PA)

“Finally, to the best place you could wish to work – the weighing room. To all the physios, tea boys and ladies, nurses and weighing room staff who have made each day of going to work much more enjoyable.

“And to all the brilliant jockeys and valets past and present who I’ve made lifelong friends with. I will hugely miss the weighing room. There have been some ups and plenty of downs but everyone is always there for you. You’ve all been top class.

“It’s impossible to put into words how thankful I am to each and every one of you.”

Dale Gibson, executive director of the PJA, added: “Jamie unfortunately suffered more than his fair share of long-term injuries and missed the equivalent of four years race riding during his career as a result, but his remarkable fortitude and appetite for race riding shone like a beacon throughout his career.

“Jamie was and will remain universally popular within the weighing room and wider racing industry. His down to earth, no-nonsense approach alongside his genuine love of the horse (should) be wholeheartedly applauded.

“He also served his colleagues and the PJA exceptionally well as southern-based National Hunt safety officer since December 2019, as well as being a dependable source for general advice to the PJA and younger jockeys both on and off the racecourse.

“Jamie has been a pleasure to represent and will be sorely missed in the weighing room. We wish him, his wife Lucie and their family all the very best and we look forward to seeing him on a racecourse soon in his second career.”

Moore’s father expects his son to become an even more integral part of the family stable and said to Racing TV: “I’m very proud of him, you’re proud of your children anyway, aren’t you? But he’s done really, really.

“He was champion conditional one year, thanks to Martin Pipe. He always wanted to do it from the age of 14 and he’s done remarkably well.

“It’s a shame he didn’t quite make the thousand (winners), but at least he’s come out in one piece.”

Of Sire De Grugy the trainer added: “He was just an unbelievable horse who was Jamie’s best mate really, it wasn’t just the Champion Chase, it was the Celebration here (at Sandown) and the Clarence House. What he did that season was unbelievable.

“I can’t go on forever and him and Josh work very well together. He was in Newmarket last week doing his (training) modules so something will happen in the new future hopefully.”

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Jamie Moore sidelined after Lingfield fall

Jamie Moore will be out of action until the new year following injuries suffered in a nasty fall from Mi Sueno at Lingfield on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old was about to mount a serious challenge aboard Paddy Butler’s four-year-old in the two-mile Favourite Goes 7 Days A Week Handicap Hurdle when taking a heavy fall at the second last, which left Moore with a fractured vertebra as well as broken ribs and a broken nose.

With his recovery involving six weeks in a neck brace, the rider will be sidelined during the busy Christmas period, while in the immediate future, his father Gary Moore has had to find a replacement for stable stalwart Goshen ahead of the defence of his Coral Ascot Hurdle title.

Jamie Moore will miss out on yet another chance to partner Goshen
Jamie Moore will miss out on yet another chance to partner Goshen (John Walton/PA)

“He’s doing well and hopefully will be coming out of hospital today,” said Gary Moore.

“I went to see him last night and he was in good spirits with himself.

“Obviously he has a neck brace on and that’s on for six weeks, so he won’t be doing much for the next six weeks. He’s as good as could be expected.”

Jockey Ryan Moore is also on the sidelines
Jockey Ryan Moore is also on the sidelines (Tim Goode for the Jockey Club/PA)

Jamie is not the only member of the Moore family in the wars with his brother and leading Flat jockey Ryan Moore forced to give up his ride on defending champion Vela Azul in Sunday’s Japan Cup.

The 40-year-old was stood down after hurting his back in a fall at Kyoto last Sunday and has been replaced on Kunihiko Watanabe’s six-year-old by Hollie Doyle.

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Goshen possible for Cesarewitch before new jumping campaign

High-class hurdler Goshen could revert to the Flat for a tilt at the Club Godolphin Cesarewitch at Newmarket next month.

Gary Moore’s talented performer has won 10 races in all, seven over obstacles and three on the level.

He notched his second victory at Grade Two level in the Coral Ascot Hurdle last season and was last seen pushing Knappers Hill close on the final day of the campaign at Sandown.

The trainer’s son Jamie Moore is Goshen’s regular pilot and is looking forward to renewing the partnership in due course, but not before a potential outing at Headquarters on October 14.

He said: “Goshen will always run his race over anything between two and a half and three miles when he goes right-handed.

“His worst runs have been when he has gone over fences or gone left-handed. I still 100 per cent believe there is another good race in him when he gets his conditions.

“He is in the Cesarewitch and that is a possible plan. We will see how the conditions are and how he is training over the next few weeks before deciding on that.

“If he ran in the Cesarewitch I imagine Hector Crouch would ride him as he has done a lot with him.”

Moore was speaking ahead of his bid to emulate his brother Ryan by claiming Derby glory at Epsom this year, with the 38-year-old set to partner The Whipmaster in Thursday’s Everyone’s Booking Fit Show 2025 Jump Jockeys Derby Handicap.

It is just over three months since his brother steered Aidan O’Brien’s Auguste Rodin to glory in the Betfred Derby in early June. Ten years ago he won the premier Classic on Ruler Of The World before his eldest sibling landed the Jump Jockeys Derby aboard Rossetti, and Jamie is hoping to repeat the double.

He added: “It would be great if I could win this race the same year that Ryan won the Derby. Although this isn’t quite the same as the main thing, I’d rather be winning it than not.

“I’ve won the race twice before and I enjoy riding in it. Epsom is not far from me, and it is a nice race to ride in with the track being a big part of British racing history.”

Moore’s most recent success in the race came aboard the Jim Best-trained Alberta in 2016.

He said: “I think the biggest difference between riding in this race and over jumps is that you have got to think sharper. Going downhill and round the bend at Epsom you are probably going as quick as when coming down the hill at Plumpton, but it is nice there is not a fence at the bottom!

“The Whipmaster has been a very consistent horse that has done well for us, and he has improved a hell of a lot.

“This race has fallen right for him and he ran well at Windsor last time out, so he goes into the race in good form.”

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Jamie Moore relatively unscathed following Fontwell fall

Scans have revealed Jamie Moore suffered no broken bones when knocked unconscious in a fall at Fontwell on Monday.

The 38-year-old was taken to the Sussex County Hospital in Brighton after his mount Auriferous suffered a fatal fall four out in the South Coast Skips Maiden Hurdle.

On Tuesday morning, his father Gary Moore said: “Jamie is up and about. He is a bit battered and bruised, but the scan was all clear so he will live to fight another day.

“He will have to go through the concussion protocols, because apparently you can’t have another test for another week.”

The rider will be sidelined for at least seven days, giving the Horsham yard some difficult decisions to make with their big weekend runners.

They include promising chaser Haddex Des Obeaux who has won his last two and was expected to make his Grade Two debut in either the Virgin Bet Kingmaker Novices’ Chase at Warwick or the Betfair Exchange Game Spirit Chase at Newbury.

“The disappointment is obviously Saturday,” added Moore.

“I don’t know what we are going to do, because we have runners at two meetings and don’t know where Haddex Des Obeaux will go, if he goes anywhere.”

The Moore family has been through the mill in the past year, with Jamie’s younger brother Joshua suffering a fall at Haydock in April last year which left him with a broken leg, broken ribs, a punctured lung and damage to his lower back. He subsequently announced his retirement from race-riding.

Moore added: “It’s good news with Jamie, anyway. It is what we choose to do, so we can’t complain about it. But I think my wife, Jayne, is kind of at her wit’s end with it, you know?”

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Jamie Moore taken to hospital after Fontwell fall

Jamie Moore was taken to hospital for further examination after suffering a heavy fall at Fontwell on Monday.

The rider was aboard Auriferous, trained by his father Gary, in the South Coast Skips Maiden Hurdle when the pair came to grief four flights from home.

Auriferous suffered a fatal fall while Moore was reported to have been knocked unconscious.

On Monday evening, Gary Moore said: “I think he’s OK. He at the Sussex County Hospital now and waiting for a scan.

“That is as much as I know.

“I think he regained consciousness by the time he got in the ambulance and had feelings in all his arms and legs. So that’s all good.”

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Jamie Moore’s spirits high following Ludlow win for D’Aunou

Jamie Moore feels Spirit D’Aunou is not the only horse who will benefit from junior hurdle races following his eight-length defeat of Javert Allen at Ludlow.

The four-year-old had landed the odds in a three-runner affair at Huntingdon on his second start and followed up in good style under a penalty to take the Ludlow Race Club Annual Membership Junior “National Hunt” Hurdle.

After unsaddling the Gary Moore-trained 10-11 favourite, the rider said: “He is improving with every run.

“I know people are knocking these races, but they are serving a purpose and he can run in novice hurdles next year without a penalty, which is quite handy, really.

“He will get a bit further, but he has speed in the pedigree, although he doesn’t run like he is a fast horse.

“I was off the bridle all the way but they do kick early and although it is a sharp track, you do have to stay. After three out we were in command.”

Egbert stayed on strongly to win
Egbert stayed on strongly to win (Simon Milham/PA)

Alan King appears to have a soft spot for the stock of Pether’s Moon, and the improving Egbert (6-4 favourite) underlined his thoughts when getting off the mark in the Luke Watson Memorial ‘National Hunt’ Maiden Hurdle.

Tom Cannon’s mount just had enough to hold on from the staying-on Impose Toi, and King said: “He’s a big horse. I have a few Pether’s Moons and they are the most laid back horses and they seem to improve with racing.

“He is long way from the finished article yet. The Newbury ground was far too quick last time and, ultimately, you’d hope he will go for a nice three-mile chase next year.

“He has done it well and will progress. These Pether’s Moons improve with racing. I like them.”

Fire Dancer defied a long absence for Venetia Williams
Fire Dancer defied a long absence for Venetia Williams (Simon Milham/PA)

Fire Dancer (9-4) had been off the track for over two years, but Venetia Williams’ horses are firing and the Charlie Deutsch-ridden, Rich Ricci-owned seven-year-old kept finding more to hold on by a head from Striking Out in the Simply Delicious Cakes Novices’ Handicap Chase.

Williams quipped: “It was a nice riding performance. Charlie didn’t want to win too far. I was very pleased. It was a lovely round of jumping and there are no plans. We’ll get him home and see how he is.”

Williams was the name to note all afternoon, as Jane Williams saddled Romancero Le Dun (4-1) to success under David Noonan in the Vobe Electrics Juvenile Hurdle, denying Admiralty House and King a double on the card.

Just for good measure, Ian Williams got in on the act, with the Charlie Todd-ridden Tide Times (16-5) taking the Plyvine Caterers Handicap chase by half a length from Ree Okka.

Tide Times always goes well at Ludlow
Tide Times always goes well at Ludlow (Simon Milham/PA)

Williams said: “He loves it round here. He ran a great race last time, just getting beaten by a horse of Venetia’s who went off in front and hadn’t run for a long time, but as ever, Venetia’s horses are always very fit and didn’t stop, and he couldn’t get back to it. But he made up for it today.”

Hurricane Harvey (6-1) got the Fergal O’Brien team back on track after a quiet spell over the past couple of weeks, with Jack Hogan’s mount recording a three-quarters of a length success over Sirobbie in the three-mile Racing UK Handicap Hurdle.

In the concluding mares’ bumper there was a 40-1 shock provided by the Grace Harris-trained Inion Tiogair, who powered to a two-length success under Conor Ring.

It was the first run for the yard, having left Mag Mullins and been purchased at the Cheltenham sales.

Harris said: “She had been working really well at home and we gave her plenty of time after she was purchased. She was probably just a bit weak. We were hopeful, but I didn’t think she would do it as easily as she has done it today.

“She has filled out so much since October and I’m excited as to what the future holds.”

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