Hospitalised trainer Gary Moore was given a fillip when one of his horses won at Fontwell under one of his jockey sons and his other jump-jockey son had a win too.
The Lower Beeding handler was taken to hospital at Redill on Thursday after a horse at his yard kicked out at him, leaving him with a punctured lung and broken ribs.
He was intensive care for a while after fluid on the lung was detected but is now recovering well and is expected to leave hospital soon.
And if he was able to watch the Fontwell Friday-afternoon action from his ward, his pain must have been eased a little by seeing youngest son Joshua ride his 6/1 runner Flute Bowl to victory in the Southern Cranes And Access Ltd / TBA Mares’ Handicap Hurdle.
His other jumps-rider son Jamie gave him a further lift half an hour later, albeit on a different trainer’s horse, winning the Come To The Races With Racing Travel Handicap Chase on 5/2 joint favourite Mr Bachster for Kerry Lee.
Both Joshua and Jamie were able to give race-goers a positive progress report on their father’s recovery, saying he was on the mend and was making light of what had happened at the stables near Horsham.
Elsewhere on a rain-hit afternoon at Fontwell Bon Enfant (5/2), tipped on this website on the morning of racing, took the Winner Rental Services Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Hurdle, while the EBF Stallions/TBA Mares’ Beginners’ Chase went to David Bass on Emily Gray, the 5/4 favourite.
James Best rode 9/2 shot General Girling to the win in the Honourable, Noble Lord Lane of Cranleigh Handicap Hurdle and the card ended with Tom O’Brien taking the Jeb Construction Ltd The Baron Of Holybourne Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race on Clondaw Cian (9/2).
Next up at Fontwell, it’s the Southern National Raceday on Sunday, November 15.
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