Moore suffers Goodwood fall

Ryan Moore could be sidelined for the rest of the season after suffering a nasty fall on the final day of Glorious Goodwood.

Ryan Moore could be sidelined for the rest of the season after suffering a nasty fall on the final day of Glorious Goodwood.

The rider was brought down when riding the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Verdant in the Toyo Tires Summer Handicap.

Front-running Captain John Nixon broke down badly around five furlongs from home in the 14-furlong heat and quickly fell back through the field, with Verdant and Activate being brought down as the runners in behind took evasive action.

Jamie Spencer, the rider of Activate, escaped unharmed as did both horses but Moore was laid on the turf for some time before being loaded into an ambulance.

He was taken to St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester for further treatment and it was later reported he had sustained a broken humerus and thumb.

Moore is waiting to see a surgeon to confirm the extent of his injuries, but his trainer father Gary believes he could be facing an uphill battle to ride again this term.

“With shoulder injuries, it’s never that quick coming back and if it’s as bad as I have heard it is, he won’t get much change from the rest of the year,” said Moore senior.

The rider is not only retained by Stoute but has also become a leading choice for Aidan O’Brien in the absence of a stable jockey at Ballydoyle.

Moore had begun the day in third place in the jockeys’ championship, trailing leader Paul Hanagan by nine winners and second-placed Silvestre de Sousa by two.

Stanjames.com duly make reigning champion Hanagan a 4-5 chance to retain his title while De Sousa is 5-4 and Kieren Fallon 8-1 to claim the riders’ crown

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