Ryan Moore bags Grade 1 with Asia Express

Fresh from his Japan Cup triumph a couple of weeks ago on Gentildonna, Ryan Moore landed his fourth Grade 1 win in Japan as Asia Express (Takahisa Tezuka) took Japan’s only top-level contest for two-year-old males.

Sent off a 7.7-1 shot, the US-bred son of Henny Hughes had run on dirt on his previous outing before claiming the 146 million yen (£870,000) contest, drawing away to score by a length and a quarter over Shonen Archive.

“He surprised me – he quickened up so well,” said Moore.

“When I rode him before, he looked like he was a horse with lots of gears but he still surprised me – he quickened up so well.”

“He’s a special horse, because not many do both dirt and grass. His future should be bright. He feels like he hasn’t got to the bottom of it yet, like there’s more to come, so it’ll be interesting to see how much progress he makes.”

Source: Racing Post 15 December 2013


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