Botox provided jockey Josh Moore with a very emotional victory in the Grade Two National Spirit at Fontwell on Sunday.
Moore returned to the saddle last month after recovering from a serious spinal injury sustained in a fall from Botox Has in October last year.
Six-year-old Botox Has, who scored a one-two that day for owners John and Yvonne Stone, was sent off as a 20/1 six-runner underdog, but Josh received a nice run from Josh to see Lingfield Winter by Olly Murphy. Million winner Brewin’upastorm.
Botox stalked early leader Allmankind throughout and joined Paul Nicholls 9/4 favorite Monmiral – back for the first time since suffering an injury in Fighting Fifth – with a turning challenge for home as Dan Skelton’s favorite quickly caved in and was soon pulled up.
Brewin’ upastorm came to the party just as Monmiral’s effort fizzled out and looked like the likeliest winner at the final hurdle, but Moore and Botox rallied for the win, with Guard Your Dreams remaining third ahead. Monmiral and a disappointing Darver Star.
Reflecting on the win, Josh Moore said Sky Sports Racing: “It means a lot to win again on this horse in a big race. The last time I had these colors, they cut me.
“I thought I looked like an idiot before when I said I was hopeful because we got the weight wrong but I know that horse.
“I won a juvenile [Hurdle] on him over here and I was gutted, he couldn’t get to the Triumph because I thought he was going to have a chance.
“Last year he was just a four-year-old carrying a lot of weight in the handicaps and that’s tough on the horses.”
Josh’s brother Jamie was also in the winner’s enclosure at Fontwell as Nassalam gave the connections another hit with a victory in Land & Power Ltd. Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.
Wearing blinders for the first time, the 8/15 favorite was not always smooth but fought hard to see Gavin Cromwell’s Railway Hurricane and Nicholls’ Brewers Project.
The five-year-old has now won three of his five starts on fences and is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the season.
Jamie then beat brother Josh as the 1/5 favorite Jerrash worked hard to see stable mate Make My Day in the Manor Elite Horsebox Novices’ Hurdle, giving trainer Gary Moore a hat-trick.