James Moore disqualified for 20 months

The training career of James Moore, the 25-year-old son of Sydney-based trainer Gary Moore, is in tatters after Macau Jockey Club stewards disqualified him for 20 months on cobalt charges.

An inquiry was held on Tuesday following excessive levels of cobalt being detected in two of his stables runners.

Moore has been disqualified for 20 months and his assistant trainer James McCabe for 18 months, following the conclusion of the inquiry into the findings of excessive cobalt levels in his stable runners Dengcheng One and Fireman Freddy when they raced at Taipa on March 16.

Both horses were unplaced on the night with Dencheng One beaten seven and half lengths and Fireman Freddy beaten eight and a half lengths.

Moore was held responsible for the cobalt offences despite being away in Australia buying horses at the time the horses raced.

Moore pleaded guilty to four separate charges regarding both horses and was issued with 20 month bans to be served concurrently. He was also issued with fines amounting to $HK60,000.

His father Gary Moore, the son of legendary champion jockey and trainer George Moore, was eight times Macau champion trainer after his own successful international riding career.

James Moore took over the stable in 2014 when his father returned to Australia to train at Rosehill in Sydney.

Macau’s youngest licensed trainer, Moore won 70 races in just over three seasons with his runners earning over $HK19 million prize money.

His biggest win was the G1 Macau Guineas in 2016 with Kelowna Star.

Assistant trainer James McCabe also pleaded guilty to a total of six charges pertaining to both Dencheng One and Fireman Freddy.

The charges stated that he was negligent in his capacity as assistant trainer in Moore’s absence and that he failed in his responsibility for the good management and training of the horses which led to the charges being laid.