Ryan Moore breaks wrist in fall
Ryan Moore has confirmed he suffered a broken wrist in a fall at Warwick on Tuesday evening.
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The jockey currently heads the standings in the race for the jockeys' championship but it would seem his title hopes have suffered a fatal blow.
Moore was partnering Cresta Star in Warwick's Chieftain Fabrics Handicap when his mount slipped up after the home turn and sent him to the turf.
The rider feels the condition of the track was to blame for the fall.
Speaking in his Betfair column, Moore said: "I had my third fall in as many weeks at Warwick last night - following on from Romeo Montague at Goodwood and Havana Gold in Deauville - and the bad news is that it is third time unlucky and I have broken my left wrist.
"I don't know how long I will be out for, but I can tell you that I am not happy.
"And it's not the first time I have slipped and come off at Warwick: I can't remember the name of the horse but it was a Highclere horse of Richard's (Hannon) a few years back, a Green Desert I think, when I was a kid. It's fair to say it is not a course I am particularly fond of.
"But I saw an incident like this coming before my fall last night.
"When I rode Cross My Heart in the earlier five-furlong maiden, she was not as balanced as she should have been and was very uneasy on the track and I said to Dane (O'Neill) and Adrian (Nicholls) after the race that I didn't think the bend was going to ride too clever later on.
"In my opinion, the problem was that the grass was far too long and lush, and that can always cause problems.
"And when I went into the bend on Cresta Star I was never balanced. I had hold of her head but when the favourite came round, I got a bit tight and she lost her back end and slipped.
"The annoying thing is that it was a soft fall, far softer than Goodwood. But I landed on my left wrist - it was the right one that gave me problems at Goodwood.
"I got up straight away but the damage was done. And I got up angry. I refused to get in the ambulance and walked back seething.
"I found a racing plate when I got up - I don't know whether it was from my filly or not - and carried it back to the paddock.
"I don't know what I intended to do with it - though I can tell you I didn't intend to keep it as a souvenir - but I tossed it away into the bushes, as has been reported.
"But the upshot is that I went to Warwick hospital last night to get the wrist looked at - and if you ever want to break your wrist I recommend that you do it in Warwick on a Tuesday night in August.
"It was empty and they were very efficient; they x-rayed it and put a cast on it. I was in and out in no time.
"I don't know the full extent of the problem until I go and see my normal doctor in Oxford, but I'll obviously be out for a while.
"What really annoys me is that I think it was avoidable."
Moore's ride on Thomas Chippendale in the Great Voltigeur has gone to Paul Hanagan while Sir John Hawkwood later on the card will be ridden by William Buick.