A JOCKEY has suffered a fractured back and broken ribs during a fall.

Josh Moore faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after the fall at Plumpton on Monday.

The jockey was riding five-year-old Botox Has, who is trained by his dad Gary, on his chasing debut.

The horse was the odds-on favourite to win the race, but fell at the 11th fence.

Josh went over the horse’s head and was unconscious before being taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital, where he stayed overnight.

The rider's sister Hayley Moore, who was presenting live for Sky Sports Racing at Plumpton on the day, took to social media after the incident to confirm her brother’s injuries.

"Sadly, Josh fractured vertebra and broke ribs yesterday at Plumpton after his fall,” she said.

"Botox Has is fine. Thanks to the great on course doctors for all they do. Lucky to have them.

"Wishing him a speedy recovery. Thanks for all your messages. It’s a tough game at times."

She followed up the first post on Twitter with an update.

“Another night in an incredibly busy A and E for Josh who is awaiting having scans read by the specialist,” she said.

“He’s sitting up to 30 degrees now so he can eat a little. Hopefully we’ll have him home soon. Thank you for positive messages. Keeping everything crossed for a speedy recovery.”

Josh had his best season during the 2020-21 jumps campaign, winning the Grade 3 Red Rum Handicap Chase aboard Editeur Du Gite at Aintree, as well as five winners from 39 rides so far this season.

He has previously ridden the likes of Ar Mad to Grade One victory in the 2015 Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown, and also enjoyed Sodexo Gold Cup success on Traffic Fluide at Ascot in 2018.