Moore rushed to intensive care after horse kick
Sire de Grugy's trainer Gary Moore was in intensive care last night after being kicked in the back by one of his horses.
The incident happened at Moore's Sussex stables yesterday morning and he was taken to Redhill Hospital for treatment.
Although in intensive care, the trainer's son, Joshua, is hopeful his injuries are not too serious.
"He's not too bad, hopefully. He's damaged a couple of ribs, he has fluid on his lungs and might have damaged his spleen," he explained.
"He's in the intensive care unit just so they can keep an eye on him overnight. I think he should be out of there in the morning, all going well, but he might be in hospital for a few days."
At Thurles yesterday, Paul Townend returned from a ten-day suspension in the best possible fashion when partnering He Is Top Class to take the opening beginners' chase.
The former champion was hit with a controversial ban for dangerous riding on Vermout Fougeray at Tramore last month but was seen to good effect on the 10/1 chance.
The Donie Hassett-trained gelding put in a fine round of jumping, staying on well from the last to score by two-and-a-half lengths. Some Drama edged out Swantykay by a short head for the runner-up spot, while 6/4 favourite Venitien De Mai was about two lengths off the winner when falling at the last.