Three-times champion Flat jockey Ryan Moore could be out of the saddle until 2012 after breaking his shoulder and thumb in a three-horse pile-up at Goodwood on Saturday (30 July).

Racehorse Captain John Nixon broke a leg in running, unseating jockey Chris Catlin, which brought down Moore’s mount Verdant. Activate, ridden by Jamie Spencer was also brought down. Both other horses and Catlin were uninjured, Spencer is taking a couple of days off with bruising.

Moore, who is third in the jockeys’ standings for the championship, was treated on course before being taken to hospital in Chichester. He was later transferred to the John Radcliffe in Oxford and is due to be operated on tomorrow (Tuesday 2 August).

Moore hopes to be fit to ride Workforce in the Arc at Longchamp in October but the injury is worse than first thought and that is looking unlikely.