Ryan Moore: Jockey eyes Newmarket return after month out with injury

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Ryan Moore is expecting a busy autumn both domestically and internationally

Leading flat jockey Ryan Moore is to return at Newmarket on Friday after nearly a month out with injury.

Three-time flat-racing champion Moore, 32, last raced at Goodwood in July, topping the standings with eight wins.

He is thought to have suffered a groin injury, but is now set to ride the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Spatial in the Maiden Fillies' Stakes at 14:00 BST.

"It made sense to give the injury time to completely settle and heal," Moore said.

Writing in his blog for bookmaker Betfair, Moore added: "There was simply no point in rushing back, with such a busy autumn campaign both domestically and internationally, and I have been having physio every day and generally keeping myself busy."

Moore's upcoming schedule will include rides on the powerful string of Irish-based trainer Aidan O'Brien.

The major autumn races include the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, British Champions Day, the Breeders' Cup and the Melbourne Cup.

Analysis

BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght

"A multiple big-race winner, Ryan Moore is regularly described as flat racing's best jockey in the world and his absence has been keenly felt.

"But with the period from September to Christmas increasingly hectic - not just in Britain and Ireland but also on the international scene, where the 32-year-old's services are much in demand - he's right to get himself sorted before that all begins.

"Prior to the injury he was well-placed to try to reclaim the championship, but with barely six weeks to go of the 'core season' and Silvestre de Sousa and Jim Crowley clear, that looks an impossible aim for this year."

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