Bruised Moore vows he'll be at races

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 April, 2009, 12:00am

'They would have to put me in a strait jacket and chain me to the bed to keep me in here this weekend,' trainer John Moore said from hospital yesterday after a bicycle accident on Wednesday night left him battered and bruised.

Moore lines up leading chances Viva Pataca in the QE II Cup and Derby winner Collection in the Champions Mile, but admitted he might be there without his good looks.

'I was taking my usual ride around the bike path at Sha Tin racecourse and when I came round a blind turn, another cyclist was coming the other way and we got close together,' he said.

'We never made contact but I swerved to avoid a crash and went into the wall beside the track, the handlebars went into my abdomen and my head scraped along the wall. I've been knocked around a bit.'

The leading trainer was left with a gash over one eye, what he described as a 'huge haematoma' on his stomach and 'patches of hair missing'.

Moore (pictured) went to hospital with his injuries and was held there by doctors, missing trackwork yesterday and the official barrier draw function at Pacific Place.

'I've had some CAT scans done and some other scans to determine there is no internal bleeding, and they've come up clear,' Moore said.

'I just want to get out of here and get to trackwork in the morning and the races on Sunday - I've been looking forward to this day for a long time.

'It was disappointing not to be at the track this morning but Darren Beadman told me Collection and Viva Pataca worked well.'


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