Trainer Gary Moore is said to be recovering well in hospital after being kicked by a horse.

The West Sussex-based trainer was kicked in the back several times by one of his horses yesterday (Thursday, 5 November).

He was taken to Redhill hospital where he spent the night in intensive care.

The 59-year-old suffered damaged ribs and fluid on his lungs in the accident.

Gary is the father of jockeys Jamie, Josh, Ryan and Hayley.

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Jamie told At The Races: “He’s broken ribs, punctured his lung and bruised his spleen.

“Hopefully he’ll be all right. My mum is trying to keep him in hospital as long as possible. He might be trying to break free and ringing a few of his mates to come and pick him up.

“He is granite — he’s hard as nails. No doubt he’ll be back very quick.”

The trainer was legging up his wife Jayne when a horse walking around the yard caught him in the middle of his back.

The trainer’s son Josh said that Gary “wasn’t very happy” about an ambulance being called.

Gary trained Sire De Grugy to win the 2014 Champion Chase, ridden by his son Jamie. The horse is always ridden by Jamie at home and the family’s victory proved extremely popular in the National Hunt world.

His oldest son Ryan has recently returned to riding after suffering a neck injury in a stalls accident at Newmarket’s July meeting.

There were fears that the three-time champion Flat jockey would be out of action for the rest of the year. However, at the weekend (31 October) Ryan was back in flying forming taking the Junenile Turf at the Breeders’ Cup with Hit IT A Bomb.

It’s been a tempestuous year for the family as Jamie suffered a broken hip in a fall at Worcester in July, while Josh broke his collarbone at Aintree in April.