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Full Circle with Jamie Moore and Adam Catterall

There is no more prominent racing family in the United Kingdom than the Moores. From trainer Charlie Moore, to son Gary – who’s trained hundreds of winners in his career – to sons Ryan, Jamie and Joshua and daughter Hayley.

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While Ryan has been a Champion Jockey on the Flat, winning 16 Classics, Jamie made his way in National Hunt racing.

While Jamie insists he wasn’t forced to join the family trade, there was no path he’d have rather taken.

“It is just your way of life,” said Moore. “You work every day of the week, horses need care 24/7, you need to be on call. Being a jockey, I was getting paid to do a hobby. I do think a lot of sportsmen, if they’re not lucky enough to do that as their job, I do feel they’d probably do it for free. You see lads playing Sunday league football and most lads in the Premier League would probably play for nothing on a Saturday afternoon. Racing’s the same.”

The jockey of Sire De Grugy, Moore won two Tingle Creeks, a Clarence House and the Queen Mother Champion Chase, and admitted the horse exceeded all expectations.

“I can’t believe how much he meant to me,” said Moore. “From buying him in France, he was a cheap one. He was lame; we thought we might get one good year out of him and then he hit the heights. To win a Tingle Creek, that meant so much to me, and then the Champion Chase, as a young lad growing up watching these races, these are the races you dream about.”

The Moore stable have leading contender Nassalam entered into the Grand National, though the seven-year-old will be carrying a hefty 11st7lbs, with his last run a PU in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Jamie, however, will be watching from the sidelines, having retired following medical advice after a serious fall, but the now-former jockey counts himself lucky.

“It actually wasn’t my decision,” said Moore. “November was the last fall I had, and in the space of eight months it was my third knockout for over four minutes.

“An MRI of my brain the doctor basically said you can’t be doing this anymore. The way the doctor put it to me was ‘I see a lot of rugby players and boxers and your brain doesn’t look like that, it looks like a car crash victim’. But I’m lucky, one more fall could’ve been fatal, so we’ve called time on the racing career.”  

Watch the latest episode of Full Circle to hear Moore talk about his relationship with Sire De Grugy, Nassalam’s Grand National chances and his life spent in equine company.

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