MOORE THE MERRIER – The Chief Newspaper


Moore on board Magical in Sunday’s Longines Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin and rides Mogul in Vase

By Andrew Atkinson

Ryan Moore will proceed because the main jockey for Aidan O’Brien subsequent season after hypothesis about Moore’s submit on the Coolmore-Ballydoyle stables – with Colin Keane mooted to take his place.

“That’s the plan – that’s what we’re hoping. Clearly it was a catastrophe final yr. It was a multitude actually,” stated O’Brien, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Every little thing is altering a lot on a regular basis – we’re simply hoping we gained’t be in the identical scenario once more,” stated O’Brien.

As a consequence of COVID-19 journey restrictions Moore was solely in a position to journey in Eire over Irish Champions Weekend in September, driving Japan within the Irish Champion Stakes, in a race gained by secure companion Magical.

Moore might be on board Magical in Sunday’s Longines Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin and on Mogul within the Vase on the ultimate massive worldwide assembly of 2020.

O’Brien has booked French jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot on Breeders Cup 73-1 winner Order of Australia within the Mile, after victory in Keeneland in November.

“Ryan has by no means sat him, he knew nothing about him, he hasn’t been right here all yr, and there was no level in driving him within the race to get to know him when there was one other jockey there who knew him and has ridden him,” stated O’Brien.

O’Brien heads to Hong Kong having gained 14 Group-Grade 1 races through the 2020 Flat racing season that included a document eighth Epsom Derby with Serpentine in July.

O’Brien hit the headline information in October in a contaminated feed concern resulting in the withdrawal of a plethora of runners from Longchamp’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe assembly, together with 4 horses entered within the Arc de Triomphe.

“It’s been a really unusual yr and also you’d by no means be stunned by something this yr. It’s what it’s.

“A lot of folks confronted worse hardships than any of us did. It’s simply the yr it was. We performed it as finest we may and sit up for subsequent yr,” stated O’Brien.

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