Jockey Ryan Moore could miss York’s Ebor meeting and Glorious Goodwood – after a stalls incident threatens to sideline the jockey until the autumn.
The three-time British champion suffered neck injuries in the stalls at Newmarket last week, with Moore informing his parents that he felt like he’d been in a car crash when Newton’s Law unseated him at the start last Sunday. He has not put a time frame on his return and is unlikely to rush back, but family are suggesting that he could be back in the saddle in the autumn.
With the number one Ballydoyle jockey Moore ruled out with injury, Silvestre de Sousa has been installed as the best priced 8/13 favourite at Sky Bet to win the British Flat Jockeys Championship.
Sore Moore Out Of Goodwood
Moore returned to hospital for further tests on his neck injury and has learnt that his x-rays are thankfully clear, but his mother has revealed he will not be back for Glorious Goodwood.
Jayne Moore told the Racing Post: “Ryan says he feels as if he’s been in a car crash and is very sore, which is understandable because he took a bit of a knock in the stalls.
“There is always initially a bit of swelling and bruising when you have a bang like that and you have to let things settle down before you can get an accurate picture. All I know is that the x-rays were fine.
“Ryan will not be hurrying back and will come back when he feels ready, but he won’t be back for Goodwood. I don’t know how long he will be off – it could be a few weeks. He is going to rest up at home and won’t be back until he is feeling 100 per cent again.”
Following a three-day careless riding ban, de Sousa is expected to claim the two races he needed to overhaul Moore’s table-topping 49 race wins and leap-frog him in to top spot. Sky Bet suggest that his main competition for this year’s title is now Richard Hughes (4/1), James Doyle (7/1) and Paul Hanagan (industry bet 8/1).
With injury and uncertainty as to how long he is likely to be sidelined, former odds-on favourite Moore is best price 10/1 at Sky Bet to win the British Flat Jockeys Championship.