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Gary Moore’s Shock Gold Cup U-Turn for Grand National Hopeful Nassalam

Change of Plans

Gary Moore, the trainer of star stayer Nassalam, has surprised racing fans by opting for a shot at Gold Cup glory at the Cheltenham Festival instead of the Grand National as originally planned. Nassalam had initially been geared towards the Grand National on April 13 but will now aim for the £625,000 prize in the Festival's feature race.

Dramatic U-Turn

Moore explained, "I’ve had a change of heart and provided the ground is soft on Gold Cup Friday, he will take his place in the line-up. I do really think he has a place squeak, especially if the conditions favor him."

New Jockey Needed

Unfortunately, Moore will have to find a new jockey for Nassalam as regular rider Caoilin Quinn is sidelined with a broken collarbone. Quinn, who was in top form with six wins in his last 13 rides, will miss the Gold Cup ride but is expected to be back for Aintree.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is safety maintained for horses and riders in a race event?

The safety of riders and horses is a priority in UK racing. Stringent regulations are in place to ensure that racecourses meet high safety standards, including the condition of the tracks and the quality of the jumps. Horses are inspected for health before and after racing, and jockeys must wear safety equipment such as body protectors and helmets. Moreover, the sport employs rapid response teams and veterinarians on standby to manage any incidents swiftly and competently.

There are different types of races for horses in the UK.

There are several types of horse race in the UK. These include Flat racing, National Hunt racing (or jump racing), and other races. Flat racing is held over flat tracks that range from 5 furlongs up to 2 miles. National Hunt racing is a form of horse racing that emphasizes the speed of the horses and their ability to jump. Races such as steeplechases or hurdles are characterized by a variety of obstacles. In addition to these two categories, there are variations, such as handicaps (for maidens), conditions races and handicaps. Each of these has specific rules and entry criteria.

What’s the meaning of jockeys’ silks?

The jockey’s sashes are the colorful and pattern garments that are worn during a racing event. Each set is unique, and each horse owner’s registration allows officials and spectators to easily identify the horses. The owners often have a sentimental attachment to the design and it can include patterns, colors and emblems.

What is the role a steward plays in horse racing

Stewards perform a critical role in ensuring fairness and compliance with racing rules in horse racing. Stewards have the responsibility of overseeing the conduct and behavior of jockeys, other racing personnel and trainers. They monitor races for any rule infractions and hold hearings into any incidents. In the event that rules are violated, the stewards may also be able to impose fines or suspending the race.

What are the most prestigious horse racing events in the UK?

The United Kingdom hosts many acclaimed horse-racing events that are popular around the globe. The Epsom Derby, The Grand National at Aintree and The Royal Ascot are among the most prestigious. These events showcase not only the best in equine talents, but also rich tradition and history. They have evolved into social occasions with distinct dress codes and royal patronage.

How can I learn the racecards?

Understanding the information contained in a racing card is essential for understanding a race, and the horses involved. A racecard lists the following details: the horse’s age, weight, trainer, jockeys, past form figures, and the color of silks worn by jockeys. Understanding this information can help you make better betting decisions by allowing you to gauge the chances of each horse. Many betting services and racecourses offer guides for reading racecards to their customers.


  • The annual Cheltenham Festival has an economic impact of over £100 million for the local Gloucestershire economy.
  • Around 14,000 thoroughbred foals are born each year in the UK with the goal of becoming top racehorses.
  • There are over 8,000 active racehorse owners in the UK, ranging from royals to common citizens.
  • The National Hunt racing season in the UK sees approximately 1,000 races with hurdles or fences each year.
  • Approximately 6 million people attend horse racing events in the UK each year, making it the second most popular spectator sport in the country.
  • The Royal Ascot, held annually in June, draws crowds of 300,000 over its five-day meeting.

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How to choose the right horse racing festival in the UK

Choosing the right horse racing festival in the UK depends on your interests, whether it be the elegance of flat racing or the thrill of jumps. Royal Ascot has a royal connection and a strict dressing code. If you want pomp and pageantry then this is the festival for you. The Cheltenham Festival is a great place to go if you enjoy jump racing. It offers both a high-stakes race and a festive atmosphere. Research the history and traditions, the types of races held, and what additional entertainment is offered. To make your race-day experience as convenient and enjoyable as possible, consider the location, accessibility and accommodation options.

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