Ryan Moore the globetrotting Lester Piggott of his time

Ryan Moore the globetrotting Lester Piggott of his time after Japan Cup win crowns amazing year.

British jockey has ridden in all the world’s major showpiece races, and won more than his share.

Not since the days of Lester Piggott has a British jockey been in such international demand as Ryan Moore, who found himself in the limelight again with a history-making triumph aboard Gentildonna in Sunday’s Japan Cup in Tokyo.

Moore is systematically working his way through the programme book of the world’s biggest races – and his year is far from over.

Based in Japan until just before Christmas, he will embark on a quick trip to Hong Kong to partner Grandeur for Jeremy Noseda in the Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin on Dec 8.

“Ryan has had an amazing season, and as he has been able to build up more contacts internationally, he is in constant demand,” Tony Hind, Moore’s agent, said.

“You only have to look at what he has won this season.”

Hind is right, for Moore has put together an impressive portfolio of big winners in six major racing countries.

His season kicked off in March with a win in the UAE Derby aboard the Aidan O’Brien-trained Lines Of Battle at Meydan, which set the scene for an incredibly successful year.

In June, a masterly ride at Epsom landed him the Investec Derby on Ruler Of The World and days later he gave The Queen a special Royal Ascot moment when urging home Estimate in the Ascot Gold Cup.

His biggest win in France was aboard the German-trained Novellist in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, while a lightning visit to Chicago earned him wins in the American St Leger on Dandino and the Beverly D on Dank, and a similar raid on Toronto brought about victory for Joshua Tree in the Canadian International.

He swooped with Ballydoyle’s Magician in the Breeders Cup Turf at Santa Anita earlier this month and completed a double at the meeting when the much-improved Dank took the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf for Sir Michael Stoute.

Then, on Sunday, Gentildonna landed Japan’s biggest prize.

Those 10 wins at the highest level stamp Moore as the most successful British jockey internationally since Piggott, but the racing world has changed dramatically in the past four decades.

Even parochial countries such as America and Australia have modified their thinking on foreign visitors.

Mountains have moved since Sir Ivor won the Washington International at Laurel for Piggott in the late 1960s.

But what has made Moore’s year so special is that he has competed in virtually every showcase race in every major racing country.

He has ridden in the Derby at Epsom as well as Royal Ascot, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the Kentucky Derby, the Melbourne Cup, the Dubai World Cup, the Canadian International and the Japan Cup, and that impressive list will be completed by the Hong Kong Cup next month.

The owners have ranged from the Queen to the Ballydoyle triumvirate to the Sunday Club in Japan.

He is playing the field exceptionally skilfully, and that may be supplemented by more winners at Hong Kong’s International Races.

“So far, Ryan has only one ride in the Internationals, but [local trainer] Tony Millard has booked him for five of his on the big day,” Hind said.

The winners should still keep flowing.

Source: The Telegraph 25 November 2013


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