Moore snapped up for Gold Ship ride

Ryan Moore, who partnered Gentildonna to complete back-to-back successes in Sunday’s Japan Cup, has been booked to repeat the trick on the unpredictable Gold Ship in Japan’s end-of-season championship, the Arima Kinen, on December 22.

Although Gentildonna won’t be running in the richly endowed Nakayama contest, Gold Ship’s rivals are set to include Orfevre and Kizuna, second and fourth respectively in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Moore took over from Gentildonna’s regular jockey Yasunari Iwata for his first ride on the filly, who had been beaten in her three previous races this year, after nosing out local favourite Orfevre in the 2012 Japan Cup.

Now Moore finds himself in a similar position on Gold Ship, who has been ridden by Hiroyuki Uchida on his last 11 outings, including when winning the 2012 Arima Kinen, but disappointed badly on the two most recent occasions, including when 15th of 17 in Sunday’s Japan Cup.

Trainer Naosuke Sugai said: “I went to see the horse in the stable area after the Japan Cup because I was worried he had picked up an injury but I could find nothing wrong with him, so I suggested a jockey change because we need to refresh him.”

Japan Cup winner Gentildonna will not run again this year with a view to contesting the Dubai Sheema Classic, in which she was second to St Nicholas Abbey in March. She will also be entered for the Dubai World Cup.

Dual Arc runner-up Orfevre, set for retirement after the Arima Kinen, is back in light training with Yasutoshi Ikee at the Ritto Training Centre. “He is doing well,” said Ikee. “We gave him a rest after the Arc and it seems to have done him good.”

Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) victor Kizuna will also take on his elders in the Arima Kinen, for which half the field is chosen by public vote.

Source: Racing Post 28 November 2013

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