Moore has job ahead

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 January, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 January, 1995, 12:00am

FORMER champion jockey of France and Hong Kong, Gary Moore, is expecting to ride 24 horses over two days in his comeback to the saddle after almost five years in the racing wilderness.

Moore makes his return to racing at Taipia racecourse in Macau on Saturday, ending his disqualification for betting-related offences _ a far cry from the glamorous tracks of Chantilly, Newmarket and Longchamps where he has ridden European Classic winners.

The 42-year-old Australian has had numerous offers from Taipa trainers other than his father George Moore, who has 18 runners entered for Saturday.

'I think I will be riding 12 on both days - I know I will probably need an oxygen tank but that is what I want to do. It has been a long time but the last month has gone quite quickly and I am looking forward to my return tremendously,' said Moore.

The jockey, who was arguably the most famous face in Hong Kong at one stage in the late 1970s and early 1980s, says he has been inundated with good wishes for his return.

In a strenuous bid to get as fit as possible, Moore has been riding out 10 or 12 horses on several mornings a week at Taipa.

Meanwhile, trainer Kenny Kam, who doubled his tally for the season when progressive Way Ahead won the final event at Sha Tin on Saturday, faces a Licensing Committee hearing on February 7. Kam's future as a trainer will be determined at the meeting.