Gary Moore Profile
|Born||Aug 07, 1956|
As a jockey, Gary Moore rode over 200 winners before calling it a day in the early 1990s and taking out a trainers’ licence. Since then he has become one of the best dual purpose trainers around.
Beginning his current career at a yard in Epsom, after a five-year stint he moved to Brighton to take the reins from his father, Charlie.
After more than a decade at Ingleside Racing Stables, Moore relocated to Cisswood Racing Stables in Lower Beeding, West Sussex.
The stable's best horse over jumps at the moment is Goshen, who won Sandown's Listed Contenders Hurdle in February 2022, having scored a year earlier at Grade 2 level in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton, by a wide margin.
Goshen appeared to have the racing world at his hooves when kicked clear towards the last in the 2020 Triumph Hurdle, but with everything beaten he made a mess of the last flight and unseated Josh Moore with the race at his mercy.
Since then, he's become known more for being headstrong than for his successes but there is no doubt there is plenty under the bonnet, providing the steering works.
Wife Jayne was also a successful amateur jockey, and between them, Gary and Jayne have produced a conveyor belt of riding talent that few in racing history can match.
Jamie and Josh are both high quality and well respected National Hunt jockeys, while brother Ryan needs little introduction, as one of the greats of the Flat. Sister Hayley, herself a top amateur rider and presenter on Sky Sports Racing, is another who has made her name in the sport.
Moore has often been called a 'Plumpton specialist' and he has certainly trained many winners there but that's more about being local to him than an inability to send out winners at other tracks.
Fontwell and Lingfield would be others close by where Moore has had more than his fair share of success but in truth has he has enjoyed winners far and wide.
Moore the handicap king
With a reputation built on sheer hard work, something not lost on his children, the trainer has also got a great knack of getting a horse ready for the big day. His record in big handicap hurdles, in particular, speaks volumes for both that and his handle on his horses' abilities.
Just picking some highlights out of his handicap successes is a wonderful reminder of how he has so often been a step or two ahead of the assessor.
2001 William Hill Handicap Hurdle (Sandown) - Rob Leach
2004 Mildmay Of Flete Handicap Chase (Cheltenham Festival) - Tikram
2005 William Hill Handicap Hurdle (Sandown) - Verasi
2007 Lanzarote Hurdle (Kempton) - Verasi
2007 Totesport Trophy Hurdle (Newbury) - Heathcote
2008 Totesport Trophy Hurdle (Newbury) - Wingman
2008 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Cheltenham) - Numide
2008 Ilfracombe Food Service Hurdle (Exeter) - Lupanar
2013 Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (Haydock) - Well Refreshed
2015 Betfair Handicap Hurdle (Newbury) - Violet Dancer
2016 Gaskells Waste Management Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3; Aintree) - Ubak
2016 Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3; Ascot) - Antony
2016 Shawbrook Handicap Chase (Ascot) - Sire De Grugy
2018 Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3; Ascot) - Traffic Fluide
2018 BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3; Cheltenham) - Baron Alco
2021 Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade 3; Aintree) - Editeur Du Gite
2021 London Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3; Ascot) - Larry
Sire De Grugy
In addition to all of those valuable handicap wins, the horse that really raised the bar for Gary Moore was Sire De Grugy.
The French-bred gelding made his racecourse debut in a Sandown bumper on November 6, 2010 and although he didn't win, he made rapid progress.
He got off the mark when dotting up in a Fakenham maiden hurdle on soft ground on New Year's Day 2011, following up easily under a penalty at Folkestone, before destroying a good field in the Grade 2 Dovecote Novices' Hurdle at Kempton next time.
It was a little tougher in handicap company the following season, but he showed his class with a three-length fourth in the valuable Betfair Hurdle at Newbury. He also showed he was as hard as nails, coming out just four days later to blitz a field of Class 2 handicappers at Taunton. A third in Sandown's Imperial Cup just three weeks or so later again underlined his class.
Moore decided to send his rising star chasing for the 2012/13 campaign and he duly won four of his six races, culminating in a Grade 2 success in Sandown's Celebration Chase at the end of the season.
That was a significantly improved piece of form, and for the next couple of seasons he dined at the top table. In 2013/14, he was beaten just once, finishing second at Cheltenham in the Listed Schloer Chase.
He won all his five remaining starts, with bagging the ultimate prize for two-milers, the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, by six lengths from Somersby.
Usually ridden by Jamie Moore, as he was in that blue riband success, his form became more patchy over time. He was still good enough to win the Grade 1 Tingle Creek at Sandown in December 2015, beating the exciting Special Tiara in the process.
A measure of his class was that he also ran the great Sprinter Sacre to three-quarters of a length in Kempton's Desert Orchid Chase next time.
After a spell in the doldrums, he enjoyed one last win in a valuable Ascot handicap chase in November 2016, before a final hurrah, when just held in the Grade 1 Tingle Creek at Sandown by that superb Irish raider Un De Sceaux.
Having lost his way in three runs the following season he was retired, his last race being at Cheltenham on December 16, 2017.
In all, Sire De Grugy ran 42 times, winning 17 and being placed in 10 others. He earned a total of Â£885, 446 in win and place prize money and was an outstanding advertisement for, as well as servant to, his trainer.
Significant Flat winners
1992 Spreti Rennen (Group 3, Baden Baden) - Karinga Bay
1993 Badener Melle (Group 3, Baden Baden) - Karinga Bay
1993 Grosser Preis Der Dortmunder Wirtschaft (Group 3; Dortmund) - Karinga Bay
2007 Winter Derby Trial Stakes (Listed; Lingfield) - Cusoon
2009 March Stakes (Listed; Goodwood) - Mourilyan
2013 Flying Five Stakes (Group 3; Curragh) - Dutch Masterpiece
2014 St Hugh's Stakes (Listed; Newbury) - Bronze Maquette
2015 Albert Bartlett Stakes (reg'd as the Rous Stakes) (Listed; Ascot) - Dutch Masterpiece
Moore trained his first winner over jumps in the 1993/94 season.
On November 25, 2021, a win for Movethechains at Lingfield brought up 1,000 National Hunt winners.
Moore set a new personal best tally for a jumps season during 2021/22.
His first Flat winner came in the 1992 season and, although he is better known for his jumping success, he has now trained over 1,110 winners in the other code.
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