Jockey Daniel Moor has been forced out of the Melbourne Cup carnival after a favour for a colleague went pear-shaped.
The 39-year-old suffered a concussion in an incident with a horse at Cranbourne jump-outs on Monday.
Moor suffered immediate symptoms but actually got back on the horse to finish the trial, feeling worse after its conclusion.
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He has now been stood down from riding for 12 days in line with Racing Victoria’s jockey concussion protocols.
“Another jockey had double-booked himself, I was doing a favour,” Moor told RSN radio.
“The horse was fine, a beautiful, quiet horse, he just anticipated the jump too fast out of the barriers.
“He came down on his nose and then when he bopped back up his head and neck sort of bopped me in the face.
“I was seeing stars for a few minutes there but finished on the trial and then got off and felt a bit groggy. I think everyone’s erring on the side of caution and having to do this 12-day stand-down.”
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Daniel Moor has been stood down from the Melbourne Cup carnival. Credit: Getty
Moor said being knocked by a horse’s head and neck is far more common than people might think, occurring “nearly weekly to everyone”.
“You’ve just got to be quick enough to get your head out of the way and unfortunately this time I wasn’t,” he said.
Moor had been due to ride Snapback at Flemington on Saturday in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes worth $2 million.
He did not have a ride in the Melbourne Cup itself but was chasing an opportunity that had opened up.
Moor said he is now “feeling fine” but it remains “very frustrating and disappointing” to be ruled out of the carnival and blocked from doing trackwork for a few days.
“I do, however, understand and respect the protocol is in place to protect the health and safety of not only myself, but fellow riders,” he said in a statement.
“I am thankful for the support from trainers and owners that I receive and look forward to being of service when I return.
“I also look forward to completing a cognitive function test in 12 days’ time, with a return to race riding as soon as possible.”
Moor had been engaged for rides at Bendigo on Wednesday, including Stormbolt and Brayden Star in the day’s feature, the Group 3 Bendigo Cup (2400m).
“Without pulling the violin out it’s a very, very frustrating period for me,” he said.
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