Ascot Christmas Weekend: Jamie Moore hoping Goshen can bounce back to form in Betfair Exchange Trophy | Racing News

Injuries in sports can take a long time to heal, and Jamie Moore has not yet fully recovered from the agony of being ousted by Goshen on the final flight of the 2019 JCB Triumph Hurdle, when the race looked solid.

He admits that he sometimes gets tired of talking about the five-year-old, and redemption in the form of another degree one may still be a long way off.

However, he believes Goshen will have plenty to do for him when he first drops into an obstacle handicap company in the treasured Betfair Exchange Trophy at Ascot on Saturday, even though he would have liked to have seen more rain.

Since the Triumph Goshen defeated Song For Someone’s sturdy yardstick by 22 lengths in an Elite Hurdle run on his favorite heavy ground in Wincanton, this was truly the only time he has ever looked at the same horse.

Now, to add to two successive grade-one losses behind Honeysuckle, he also needs to put a somewhat flat comeback behind him when he is fourth behind Buzz at Ascot last month.

Subsequent examination of the Cheltenham crash revealed that Goshen’s feet were involved in a freak accident over which Moore had little or no control, but this was of little comfort to the pilot.

“It still bothers me,” he admits. “If he went out and won Champion Hurdle the following year, we could forget it all, but he didn’t. I thought about him and he didn’t achieve the results. I let him down, and now he’s failing me.”

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Goshen stumbles after the last flight to Cheltenham

Saturday’s race, with a guaranteed cash prize of £ 105,000, is as competitive as it should be for that kind of money, but still represents a significant drop in class for Goshen, who had won his last six races when he won. lined up for the Triumph, the last on the course and the distance on Saturday.

This time around there is no Buzz to worry about, let alone a Honeysuckle, and with a rating of 153 he was definitely given a chance by the handicapper.

“I’d love it out 133,” Moore joked, “but 153 isn’t that bad. They had to drop it to be fair after Ascot, but actually the form is working pretty well with Guard Your Dreams (third) and Song For Someone ( second) finished first and second in the International Hurdle in Cheltenham last weekend.

“I’m not going to lie, though. I was disappointed at Ascot. I thought we had a half chance to make two outs, but he just didn’t recover and felt a little tense.

“That said, he didn’t go as well as he can in his last job before Ascot, but now he’s in top shape again.”

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Goshen finishes last away after starting the favorite for the International Hurdle at Cheltenham last year

A change of tactics was also tried that day and is unlikely to happen again.

“It was his first attempt at two miles and three,” Moore explained. “I thought if we ever did it we would do it in a five-runner race, and then if he tried to run away with me I would let him go, but he didn’t and he died lovable.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do on Saturday, but I won’t give anyone too much start beyond two miles.

“I would have liked to have more rain for him, but it won’t come.”

Goshen (opposite side) and Song For Someone collide again at Ascot
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Goshen’s latest win came at the Kingwell Hurdle in Wincanton in February

A field of 14 was declared for Saturday’s game, with Soaring Glory the most notable absentee, and Moore took a good look at his opponents.

He said: “There are four horses in particular that I have a lot of respect for, taking weight from us. I thought Samarrive was very impressive the other day in Sandown, and Benson didn’t race that day in fourth place. West Cork. it’s pretty decent, and Onemorefortheroad is getting better. “

The ante-post market was led by Nicky Henderson’s No Ordinary Joe, third behind West Cork at Cheltenham on his handicap debut and bearing the colors of JP McManus.

Moore is doing the lion’s share of the stable’s rides while his brother Josh remains on the sidelines, and with the team in good shape he is already ahead of his recent 37 injury plans for the season.

Adagio (green and red) turns into the home straight at Cheltenham in fourth place behind the winner of Greatwood West Cork (black and white)
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Dan Skelton’s West Cork (black and white, runner-up) heads to Ascot after winning the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham last time

Besides Goshen, he can’t wait to ride Imphal in the opening Developments Foundation Novice Handicap Hurdle, in which his father Gary also runs Next Left (David Noonan), and Zhighuli in the Howden Handicap Chase.

He said: “I think everything is right for Imphal. The ride and the trail are ideal for him and the drier the ground, the better for him. At one point he was a good flat horse, and now he is. come to his senses, so I would give him a chance in a competitive race.

“We’re still learning about Next Left, but he ran well at Plumpton. He was a bit single-paced there, and the longer trip will help, but he might be a kilo or two too high on 115.

“We’re bringing Zhiguli back on the road because he’s just a little excited about me. He might even get thrown a little out of the way and I’d be more confident if it was heavy ground.

“He’s a funny character – a bit dumb and stupid – but he’s a progressive type of horse and I think he’ll be rated a little higher someday. I think he’ll get there eventually.”

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