Moore wins Fontwell’s National Spirit Hurdle – and more in 154/1 four-stroke
The 154/1 quadruple included victory in the £90,000 National Spirit Hurdle feature which saw Botox Has return to form with a special win in the Graded contest. Moore’s son Josh was on board and had to undergo spinal surgery following a fall on the aforementioned Botox Has over fences in Plumpton in October.
However, the pair were back on their way to victory here, getting the better of Brewin’ upastorm in a thrilling end to the feature. Josh successfully doubled down on Legal Rights who stayed powerfully to win at 3/1 later on the card.
Moore’s other son, Jamie, also completed a brace aboard two short-term favourites. He steered Nassalam to success in the opening contest, earning his third victory over the fences and justifying the 8/15 favoritism. Jerrash had a big time getting the better of stablemate Make My Day in a Novice obstacle, but also delivered the right one as a 1/5 favorite.
Gary is enjoying his best season yet, capped by first-year success with Porticello and two wins for his stable star Goshen in the Listed Contenders Hurdle at Sandown and the Grade Two Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton.
The coach is expected to have a small Cheltenham Festival squad led by Triumph Hurdle contender Porticello and Champion Chase contender Editeur Du Gite, who have won both of their Cheltenham starts this term.
Reflecting on Sunday’s quadruple, Moore said My betting sites“I had four the day before, at Lingfield earlier in the year, but it’s not something I’ve done very often, as long as it lasts. It means a lot. Josh is my son, he’s my right-hand man, well, they both are. Jamie and Josh are both my right hands.
“What happened to him was horrific and there were two ways of knowing whether he would come back or not. It wouldn’t have surprised me if he hadn’t packed his bags and taken over the court.”
“I think Nassalam had his last race this season. He had a very tough race at Ascot to win the first time. He’s only four years old and he’s done his job – he’s won three races and finished second twice.
“So if the owners are okay with it, we’ll probably drop it now.
“Few horses win three in one season. It was a job done when he won at Newbury.
“He’s a very nice horse and he’s just a baby. Hopefully we’ll put him out of the way and have a good summer and bring him back next year. We might just have a nice horse in our hands.
“He jumps left-handed all the time, along his fences. Although it has been checked, we just need to make sure we are not missing anything.