Unwitting bid of £200 at the horse sales was the foundation for the Moore racing dynasty

No-one would have been prouder of jockey Ryan Moore’s win on HM The Queen’s horse, Estimate, at Royal Ascot this year, than his late grandfather, Charlie Moore, who died at the age of 74 in October 2000.

Charlie Moore pictured with owners Lynda and Roger Jones and their horse Rogerson

Charlie Moore pictured with owners Lynda and Roger Jones and their horse Rogerson at Fontwell Park


For Charlie founded the remarkable Moore racing dynasty, now headed by his son, trainer and former jockey Gary Moore, with all of his grandchildren, Ryan, Jamie, Joshua and Hayley familiar names as jockeys.

Anyone who knew Charlie can count themselves lucky. He was a great personality with a bottomless supply of jokes, as well as a great love for horses.  His premature death followed three heart attacks and a quadruple bypass operation.

Charlie Moore

Charlie Moore

But he had stepped into the racing world almost  by chance. Brought up in Sussex, his family moved to Swindon when the war broke out. When Charlie was called up, he had 15 ponies.

He knew all about horses but was not familiar with racing. When he told me years ago about how he got into racing, it was another side-splitting moment.

He related:”In the mid 50’s I was living in Brighton and running my garage business, when I sold a car too a chef at Aylesbury. There was a sale of racehorses at Epsom and I called in on the way home to see how things went.”

“I was just standing there with my catalogue, rubbing my nose or chin. The auctioneer asked:”Is that a bid sir? I didn’t take any notice because I didn’t think he was talking to me. But her persisted and his manner was so rude that I said: ‘ All right then it isd.’ and bought the mare for £200.”

He was now the owner of McRee but had nowhere to put her. So he ended up sending her to a permit holder at Pyecombe, just outside Brighton. He went to the next Ascot sales and bought Sandy Straight, a gelding for the top price of the day, £250.

He told me: “I rode them out every day and trained them myself. Then Sandy Straight won at 33-1 and because he was trained under permit, I didn’t see any of the ;prizemoney. I didn’t understand about racing then, but I thought if that was racing, I would get my own permit.”

Which is exactly what he did. He moved the horses to Ingleside Stables at Woodingdean, when it was Mr Goldsmith’s yard- he was manager of Brighton Racecourse. His wife, Lorna, used to lead up and Charlie used to drive the lorry and ride the horses.

When he was married at the age of 28, he weighed only seven stone and believed that the lack of racing opportunites as a  boy prevented him from making the mark as a jockey.

“I was no good- I was placed a few times but | had never had the opportunities I needed,” he told me.

His first buy, McCree proved a good mare and the last time she ran. Charlie finished second on her at Wye, Lorna had backed her each way at 33-1. One of Charlie’s other early purchases was a gelding named Senegal, first seen in a field at Pyecombe where Charlie was delivering lorry wheels and two tyres to a customer.

He recalled: The horse was about to be put down because of leg problems but when I looked up his form I found he had never been out of the prizemoney on the Flat.and obviously had an engine. I decided to take a chance and the end result was that I exchanged him for the tyres and wheels which were worth £55.”

” He was the best touch I ever had. I rode him at Wye in a race where Joe Guest was riding Quick Sandy. Joe won the race after we slipped on the final turn and hit the running rail with me breaking my collarbone. I told Joe we would have won if he had stood up. Joe said I must be concussed!,” said Charlie.

He asked Joe Guest to riide the horse at Wye the following Monday, where he would win.

“I led him out of the paddock and told Joe to kick him in the belly three from home and keep kicking  until he was kicking me int he winner’s enclosure. We won by six lengths and I backed him off the board from 33-1 down to 16-1,” he said.

Four years after taking out his permit, Charlie had his first heart attack and took out his first full licence from Ingleside Stables close to the one-mile straight at Brighton Racecourse.

In his best season in the 1980’s he trained 23 winners over jumps, was top trainer at both Fontwell Park and Plumpton and shared the top trainer award with Josh Gifford at Lingfield Park,.

He trained more than 90 winners for Brighton businessman Ken Higson over the years and trained Morton The Hatter to give veteran owner Frank Hill his 100th wiinner twice!  The gelding was announced winner at Fontwell Park only for the decision to be changed after the judge changed his mind., Then the horse went out and won next time out.


Charlie had stars in his yard, including Lir, who beat Broadsword in the Aurelius Hurdle and Royal Measure, who won at Cheltenham- and there were good horses like Chewit, Lift Boy, North West- but his favourite was Bonidon, and the horse broke Charlie’s heart.

” Bonidon was a box-walker, a crib-sucker and had a heart worse than mine, and had to have a sheep in his box for company. We had to take it to the races with us. I only paid £200 for him and he won seven races for me at Plumpton.

” It would have been his eighth win  there but he fell and broke his neck when he was 11 years old. I cried like a baby because I loved him so much,” he revealed.

His true love was jumping, but with the arrival of all-weather flat racing, he had a dual-purpose string when he eventually retired in January 1997, handing over the reins to his son Gary,

A remarkable person, and it is sad he didn’t live to see how the Moore dynasty he founded with that unwiitting bid at Ascot races has done him so proud.


Moore’s first love was jumping, but he took more interest in the Flat when all-weather racing arrived and towards the end of his career he virtually had a dual-purpose string. He retired in January 1997 when Gary took over the


Moore’s colourful life was not confined to racing. He spent 112 days in a military prison having “deserted” when his mother was given notice to quit the pub she was running.

Over the last year, he took great pleasure watching the growing success in the saddle of eldest grandson Ryan who, like his two children, is developing into a talented jockey.

The funeral will take place at Woodvale Crematorium in Lewes Road, Brighton, next Tuesday at 2.15pm. Donations can be made to the British Heart Foundation and the Injured Jockeys’ Fund.

Exceptional Ladies Day planned for Brighton racecourse

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Preparations are underway for an exceptional Ladies Day at Brighton Racecourse on  Thursday August 8, when Frosts are back partnering the racecourse for the date, with this year’s prize of a stunning black and white necklace for the best dressed lady.

The necklace is being provided by one of the sponsors, James Roose Jewellers and there are other competitions in the lead up to the day from Ted Baker and Electric.

All boxes for this special day have already been sold, but there is still space in the track’s Ladies Day Marquee, for ladies to go along and enjoy some champagne with friends and take part in  the competition.

The day is part of the racecourse’s August Festival meeting, which starts on Wednesday August 3 with John Smith’s Raceday. The John  Smith’s Mile is the richest race of the year and attracts some of the best flat-racing and one of the course’s biggest crowds.

The final day of the Festival is on Friday August 5 with the Albion In Community Raceday to celebrate the new stadium and raise some money for charity in the process. A donation from every ticket will go to Albion in The Community, offering a great day out and a chance to meet ex-players and enjoy plenty of entertainment and fine racing.

Tickets can be booked now at:http://www.brighton-racecourse.co.uk/horse-racing

Young Hooves Club launched at Fontwell Park and all Arena Racing Group’s courses

Great days out at Fontwell Park for all the family with the new Hooves Club

Great days out at Fontwell Park for all the family with the new Hooves Club

A new club for youngsters has been launched at Fontwell Park Racecourse, attracting more family visitors to the track and the wider West Sussex area, as part of a UK-wide initiative by Arena Racing Group.

The Young Hooves club is free to join and is designed to make family days out at all 15  of Arena Racing Group’s  UK courses, including Fontwell Park, even more fun for under-18s, who already get free entry.

While adults get to enjoy thrilling racing, with annual highlights at Fontwell Park Racecourse including the Figure of 8 Family Raceday on Sunday September 8 and the Boxing Day Fixture on Thursday December 26,, now children have a reason to ask for a day at the races too.

Tracy Skinner, General Manager said: “Children love days out at Fontwell Park Racecourse – it’s fresh air, space to run around, the thrill of seeing horses run and lots of facilities for picnics, eating and drinking.

“Our previous family events have proved that parents and youngsters love to visit our racecourses for a special day out – more than 50,000 visitors attend family-friendly fun days across ARC’s courses each year –  and we think the new Young Hooves club makes us even more exciting and better value for money.”

In terms of value, Young Hooves is free to join and includes a welcome goody bag with binoculars, a certificate and membership badge, as well as quizzes and sheets about horses.

With adult entry into family-friendly events at Fontwell Park Racecourse starting from just £10 a family with two adults pays from just £20 for a full day of racing, entertainment, activities and a chance to meet the horses, with parking also free.

Youngsters who join Young Hooves will get newsletters and birthday treats and when they attend family fun days, entertainments such as face-painting, inflatables, circus workshops and visits from TV characters ensure they’re entertained for hours.

On the Young Hooves website, children are also able to upload their photography to an online gallery and download puzzles and games.

To join, children can visit www.younghooves.co.uk and fill in their details online.

ARC Racing is the UK’s leading horseracing group, staging more than 550 horse races each year. The company has 15 tracks across the country from Brighton to Newcastle and has events for all the family, from children’s’ fun days to live music from some of the nation’s most famous bands.


First matches in the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship

Guillermo Terrera (El Remanso) in action with Francisco Elizalde    in last year's event. Photo by John Periam Equestrian Photojournalist 01243 584718.

Guillermo Terrera (El Remanso) in action with Francisco Elizalde in last year’s event.
Photo by John Periam Equestrian Photojournalist 01243 584718.

IF Sunday’s thrilling opening match between Dubai and Talandrancas, which launched the 2013 Veuve Clicqot Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, was anything to go by, audiences will be left breathless throughout the entire four week tournament.

A large crowd saw Dubai’s team in great form with Cambiaso reading the match like a book and pulling out all the right moves, Nico Pieres outplaying his 7 goal handicap, and Alec White a worthy addition to the team.

Talandracas played together as a strong unit with the class and strength of Juan Martin Nero showing through in brilliant bursts of play.

The scores remained level through the first two chukkas with Dubai pulling ahead from the third.  Despite a rally by Talandracas in the fifth,  it was not sufficient to prevent victory ultimately for Dubai at 13-11.

A very close second match saw the scores level-pegging almost to the last with Salkeld narrowly losing to Twelve Oaks 10-11.

Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre is holding another ridden demonstration of ex-racehorses

A demonstration day at Mooorcroft. Photo by Mark Beaumont

A demonstration day at Mooorcroft. Photo by Mark Beaumont

A chance to see how impressively former racehorses are retrained at Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre at Huntingrove Stud, Slinfold, near Horsham, West Sussex, is being offered at a special demonstration day on August 10.

Jenny and Maruska, physiotherapists from Bridgefield Physiotherapy, will be expanding on a programme back in February when they explained what happens to some bones and joints when a horse is working and what type of common ailments horses can suffer from during their normal working lives.

This time more horses will be shown and more working demonstrations will be given  and the musculature will be under focus.

Jenny and Maruska will give helpful advice on a horse’s antomy and on ways to help horses when riding them. An early date for you diary and an event not to be missed.

Also, the biggest fundraiser for the centre is the annual Plumpton Race Day. The date this year is on Monday October 21 and it is a fantastic day out- as well as a vital source of funding for the valuable work done by Mary Henley-Smith and her team at Moorcroft.

For details on the raceday, contact Allison at Plumpton racecourse on 01273 890383 or email Allison@plumptonracecourse.co.uk

For more information on the ridden demonstration contact Mooorcroft on 07929 666408, daytime or email info@mrwc.org.uk

Chief executive of Plumpton Racecourse to join Racecourse Association

Claire Sheppard ,chief executive of Plumpton Racecourse, has been head-hunted by the Racecourse Association, and has been appointed as RCA Racing Executive- a key position reporting to the Chief Executive and RCA Board.

The announcement was made on Tuesday by the Racecourse Association. Claire has been chief executive at Plumpton Racecourse since July 2008.

Chief Executive Claire Sheppard and Racecourse Director Adrian Pratt at the announcement of Pl;umpton improvements in January

Chief Executive Claire Sheppard and Racecourse Director Adrian Pratt at the announcement of Pl;umpton improvements in January

The association said the date of her appointment will be announced in due course once Claire has agreed the details of her handover with the Plumpton Board.

RCA Chief Executive,  Stephen Atkin, welcomed the appointment, saying, “We are delighted that Claire is joining the RCA team in this key role. Claire brings a wealth of experience, not only in areas such as the Fixture List and race planning, but also in racecourse management generally. We look forward to working with her in the years ahead.”

Claire Sheppard said, “I am very much looking forward to joining the RCA team and serving all racecourses, utilising my years of experience in both the racing and betting industries to help progress strategy in these fundamental areas to our business. I have had a memorable five years at Plumpton, and sincerely thank the Directors and Plumpton staff for their vital support.”

Earlier this year, Claire, alongside Plumpton Racecourse director, Adrian Pratt, announced major expansion plans for Plumpton Racecourse, as well as a boost to prize money at the track for the 2013/14 season.

Plumpton will have total prize money increased by 37 per cent in 2013, rising from £476,000 to £652,000.

A new feature race of the year on Easter Sunday will be the £25,000 totepool Sussex Champion Hurdle, while an Easter Racing Festival will boast prize money of £108,000 as a result of sponsorship by totepool, with the prize fund double that of 2012.

In addition there will be an upgrade of the Parade Ring and main entrance area during the  current closed summer period.

Parade ring and winners’ enclosure would improve safety and welfare as well as visitor experience with a more prominent winners’ enclosure. Work which started in Mid-May will be completed for the new season in September.

This will bring a new entrance to the racecourse, two further saddling boxes for trainers, and the parade ring and winners’ enclosure would feature an in and out area. There will be better visibility of the winning and placed horses and the scheme will improve safety and welfare.


Hickstead Derby Meeting 2013 seen through some different images

The 2013 Derby meeting at Hickstead was one of the most successful and exciting one. Some of the action, other than prize presentations has been capture through the lenses of local photographer John Periam, who specialises in using film rather than digital.

These pictures are courtesy of John, an equestrian photojournalist, who can be contacted on 01243 584718.

A smile from show jumper Geoff Billington after entering the Osborne Refrigerators famous scurry- always an exciting attraction at the show.


A smile from Geoff Billington after entering the Osborne Refrigerators Celebrity Scurry, a highly popular and excitingly different event at Hickstead.


Geoff Billington riding Cruise Control in the Derby- and below Jeff Osborne,scurry expert and sponsor at Hickstead with Sue Smith, wife of Harvey Smith, and 2013 Grand National winning trainer


Hickstead sponsor and scurry expert Jeff Osborne with Sue Smith, winning Grand National trainer 2013 and wife of Harvey Smith

Geoff Biillington riding Cruise control in the Derby

Below, Jeff Osborne scurry expert and Hickstead sponsor, with Sue Smith, wife of Harvey, and 2013 Grand National winning trainer

More photos on next page


More Hickstead images from John Periam

Local competitor Louise Pavitt was in action at the Hickstead  meeting

Louise Pavitt on Arash in the Speed Derby

Louise Pavitt on Arash in the Speed Derby  by Photojournalist John Periam 01243 548718




Winner of Speed Derby, Robert Power on Doonaveeragh

Winner of Speed Derby, Robert Power on Doonaveeragh    Picture by Photojournalist John Periam  01243548718



Joseph-Clayton-on-Sernator-Quilano-De-Kreisker-  by Photojournalist John Periam  01243548718




Hickstead Derby is won by Philip Miller and Caritiar Z

Phillip Miller and Caritiar Z, winners of the Hickstead Derby Photo by Samantha Lamb

Phillip Miller and Caritiar Z, winners of the Hickstead Derby
Photo by Samantha Lamb

Hertfordshire-based Phillip Miller has won the 53rd Hickstead Derby on Caritiar Z. The 36-year old produced the only clear round in the event on the 13-year-old grey gelding.

Trevor Breen (Adventure De Kannan) and William Funnell (Dorado) had to settle for second place with four faults each, both knocking down the open ditch, near to the end of the course.

Last to go Tina Fletcher looked to be having a super round on Promised Land, the exuberant winner of the class in 2011, but the gelding stumbled at the bottom of the famous Derbybank and unseated his rider, meaning Phillip took home the £36,630 first prize.

“I never thought I’d be leaving Hickstead this week as the winner of the Derby,” said a delighted Phillip. “It’s an amazing achievement and it’s the one everyone wants to win.

“To be honest I was worried about all of the fences. But the Devil’s Dyke was my biggest concern, as we had four faults there last year, so once I jumped that I had to focus on not getting time faults. We had a rattle at the open ditch and then I could hear the crowd cheering, so I knew I was in with a chance.”

Phillip is based at Greenacres Equestrian, a riding school owned and run by Di and Pennie Cornish. He has produced a number of top showjumpers, including Talan and Je T’aime Flamenco, but most have then been passed on to other riders to continue their international careers.

“‘Carter’ is the first horse I’ve kept on and he’s got me to where I am now. I got him as a three-year-old and he wasn’t gelded until he was eight and he was so rudely behaved.”

Phillip has got to the top through sheer hard work, and without any financial support since he started riding at the school 29 years ago.

Trevor Breen, who finished joint-third last year with Adventure De Kannan, which has been in top form locally  and internationally this year, said his horse had an eye removed recently and the Derby was only his third show since the the trauma of the operation.

“He’s been in unbelievable form this year and I can’t ask any more of him. I’m genuinely pleased to see Phillip win,” he said.

See www.jeanniesequestrianworld.co.uk for picture special on the Derby tomorrow, Tuesday.






Barbers Shop, owned by HM The Queen, wins at Hickstead

Barbers Shop and Katie Jerram Photo courtesy Lotte Simons Photography

Barbers Shop and Katie Jerram
Photo courtesy Lotte Simons Photography

Barbers Shop, owned by Her Majesty The Queen, won the final of the Tattersalls and Retraining of Racehorses Thoroughbred Show Horse Championship today at Hickstead.

It was another success for Her Majesty, whose horse Estimate won the Gold Cup earlier in the week at Royal Ascot.

Barbers Shop was formerly trained by Nicky Henderson and won £143,000 during his racing career, with a total of eight wins. The 11-year-old gelding raced for the final time at the Cheltenham Festival in 2012, and has since been switched to the show ring under leading producer and rider Katie Jerram.

“I’m honoured to have been asked to retrain him as a show horse,” said Katie. “He’s only been out of racing for less than a year and he’s now won five out of five classes.”

Katie, who is based at Great Dunmow in Essex, has seven of HM The Queen’s horses in her care at her yard, plus some of the top horses and owners in the country.

Although primarily a showing yard she has knowledge in many equestrian disciplines. All shapes, sizes and abilities catered for and  she attends most of the County Shows throughout the country.