Ryan Moore domination continues at Royal Ascot
Another day another raft of winners for Jockey Ryan Moore at Royal Ascot. Bookmakers have already been reeling this week and many have already paid out on him being crowned leading jockey and it’s now all about what records he breaks as he steered home a magical treble on Thursday afternoon.
It started in the Norfolk Stakes as unheralded Waterloo Bridge found another gear under Moore and cleared away from the well fancied Hannon trained pair of Log Out Island and King Of Rooks. Aidan O’Brien’s two year old had looked a touched exposed but Moore got him rolling to win impressively in the end.
O’Brien said: “He’s a very fast horse. He loves a really fast-run race on fast ground and this is the first time he’s got that. When he won at Tipperary he was very impressive and came there cantering. He just swerved a bit and we spoke about it and Joseph [O’Brien] said maybe leave the hood off, and that’s what we did today. He wants a fast pace, like all those Zoffanys. Fast horses go on fast ground. He might go to Goodwood or something like that.”
When asked about Ryan Moore, O’Brien said: “I don’t have to speak about Ryan – everyone knows he’s a great rider. We’re lucky to have him.”
Curvy was next up landing the Ribblesdale for Moore and David Wachman but the jockey wasn’t finished there steering another O’Brien charge to the famous winners enclosure after a power packed ride on War Envoy in the highly competitive Brittania Handicap a well supported 10/1 chance at the off.
The victory meant Moore equalled the modern-day record of eight winners at Royal Ascot, which he now shares with Pat Eddery (1989) and Lester Piggott (1975 & 1965).
Moore said: “I knew at about halfway that I was on the right side. Early on I was worried that there were faster, more fancied horses drawn on the other side. It was only the Richard Guest horse [Udododontu] that I was able to follow. War Envoy is a high-class horse and a strong run mile suited him down to the ground.”
Moore has been in sensational form this week but the professional he is, the jockey was evidently frustrated that he had not also tasted success on Kingfisher – a fast-finishing second in the Gold Cup. When asked how he thought the week had gone, he replied: “I have to move on from the Gold Cup.”
Moore was sent off a favourite in the last on Dissolution for Sir Michael Stoute but could only finish 8th on the hot pot as an inspired ride from a poor looking draw saw Space Age win the King George V Stakes under William Buick for Charlie Appleby at 9/1,
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