Biggest win for Joshua at Plumpton

Joshua Moore
Joshua Moore

One of Horsham’s leading racing families claimed a fine win at the prestigious At The Races Sussex National at Plumpton on Sunday.

n impressive ride by Joshua Moore, 21, a 3lb claimer, saw him achieve a fairytale win aboard 6-1 shot Well Refreshed, trained by father Gary at Lower Beeding.

A well judged challenge in the home straight saw him pull almost 30 lengths clear of second-placed Pettifour for Joshua’s 50th career win, by far his biggest, following on the heels of a 20-1 winner he rode for his father at Sandown on Saturday in a juvenile hurdle race.

An emotional Gary Moore, who has probably ridden more winners round Plumpton than anyone when riding for his father Charlie, said: “Josh has given the horse an excellent ride - I shouldn’t say that as he’s my son, but this is a novice horse, a big long lean horse who has only run three times, taking on older more experienced handicappers,” he said.

Joshua said: “He struggled a bit early on but when you get him travelling he keeps picking off the horses. He loves soft ground as he just keeps galloping.”

His brother Jamie had been in the winner’s spot earlier in the day in the EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race on board De Blacksmith, trained by his father, and who belongs to long-time Sussex owner with the Moore family, Mrs Elizabeth Kiernan.

The eldest son in the Moore family, Ryan, is aiming to be Champion Jockey on the Flat again in 2013- having lost his crown to Richard Hughes in 2012 after extensive lay-off through injury.