Racing in brief
MOORE making good progress
Ryan Moore continues to make good progress as he bids to return to the saddle before the end of the season.
Moore suffered a broken humerus and a broken thumb in a three-horse pile-up at Goodwood on July 30.
Whether he will be back in the saddle in time to ride Workforce when he defends his title in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October remains unclear, but his father, trainer Gary Moore, was pleased to be able to issue a positive update on his son’s recovery.
“I’ve spoken to Ryan and he’s told me the specialist was very pleased with the X-ray results and happy with the amount of movement he had in his upper shoulder,” said Moore senior.
“He’ll see the specialist again in two weeks and we’ll know more again then.”
Wetherby may have Diamond
Owner Paul Duffy has revealed that his pride and joy Diamond Harry could make his return to action in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on October 29.
The Nick Williams-trained eight-year-old has not been seen in competitive action since landing the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury last November, with a suspensory ligament injury ruling him out of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
“I went down to see him recently and he’s fine. He looks a stronger horse now than he was last year,” said Duffy.
“We’re actually looking at the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby as a possible starting point for him, as long as the ground is not too firm.
“We’ll obviously look at the Hennessy but he would probably be near the top of the weights this year and it’s something we would need to assess. We’ll just take it one race at a time.”
Lynam hoping for a dry week
Edward Lynam is hoping for a dry week on Merseyside to allow his stable star Sole Power to line up in Saturday’s Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock.
“He’s in very good form and as long as the ground is right, he’s an intended runner,” said Lynam.
“The ground is ideal at the moment, it’s just on the fast side of good and that is just what we want.
“This race often ends up being the soft-ground sprint of the season, but fingers crossed the rain stays away.”