Ryan Moore Racing News; 4th November 2013
The jumps season is beginning to get in full flow throughout the UK and Ireland, but like the flat we will keep our powder dry for a month or so as the form levels out for our major beting opportunities. We will be offering the odd jumps selection but look to the polytrack for mot of our regular bets till then.
Ryan Moore had something to prove in the US as we highlighted in our Breeders Cups columns last week. he duly obliged. Moore rode Magician as if believing in the power of magic and his late, late swoop paid off with a dramatic last-ditch victory over red-hot favourite The Fugue.
Moore sat way off the pace on the Irish 2,000 Guineas winner as last year’s winner Little Mike sat in second and The Fugue travelled sweetly under William Buick in the middle of the pack.
Heading out of the home turn and into the straight Little Mike took it up but Buick encouraged his mount to respond and she surged into the lead halfway up the straight.
Victory to ease the pain of a troubled run in defeat last year looked assured for The Fugue and her partner as the wire approached, but then out of the corner of the eye came Magician.
Roused into a formidable late surge by Moore, the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt made light of an absence since Royal Ascot and his first attempt at the trip to run down The Fugue in an incredible rush to the line.
Moore also had DANK in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (Grade 1) 3yo+, 1m2f. Dank struck out for home at the top of the straight and held off all challengers to give Sir Michael Stoute his sixth victory at the Breeders’ Cup.
Her win continued European dominance of the Turf races at this year’s Cup after both races on the grass on Friday were won by British raiders. The Andre Fabre-trained Romantica finished second for France behind Dank, and Alterite was best of the domestic challengers in third.
The four-year-old winner was hot favourite for the race after a brilliant four and a half length win in the Beverly D Stakes at Arlington in August, her last outing.
Moore said afterwards his filly had not been at her best and her win was undeniably less sensational than her Arlington romp, but she still knuckled down impressively to grind out the hard yards close home when rivals were breathing down her neck.
“I thought she was the best filly in the race and it worked out that way,” said Moore.
“She’s a very good filly who has improved her whole career and has a very good win record – that’s seven from 12 now.”
This week Moore hopes to have success in Melbourne.
He’s hopeful his Emirates Melbourne Cup mount Dandino has the right qualities to give the jockey a first victory in the race on Tuesday.
Moore was fifth in the race last year aboard Mount Athos, and comes into this year’s race in top form following a big-race double at the Breeders’ Cup on Saturday night, courtesy of Magician in the Turf and Dank in the Filly & Mare Turf.
He now heads to Australia to renew his partnership with the Marco Botti-trained six-year-old, who he won the American St Leger on in August. Dandino has been allocated stall four for the Melbourne Cup, and Moore said: “I think he’s got a nice stall.”
He added: “He was impressive in the American Leger and he ran a very good trial at Caulfield.” “I don’t really know what it takes to win that race just yet but he travels and he’s got gears. He quickens well and shuts down as well. Hopefully he has the right attributes but for that sort of race it’s very hard to work out what you need.”
No joy yesterday at Cork, let’s hope for another winning week starting today……just one selection however…..
For those of you who have gone with the ‘Novice Hurdlers Racing System’ from the guys at Alchemy….they kicked the season off with a nice little 4/1 winner from the first qualifier! I hope you were all on…
So……just one selection today
What are YOU backing?
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