Jockey Ryan Moore, fresh from a second success last weekend in the Japan Cup on board Gentildonna, which was a back-to-back win for the filly in the big race, is ride in another major race in Japan on December 22.
He has been booked to ride Gold Ship in the Arima Kinen, where other top horses are likely to include Orfevre and Kizune, which were second and fourth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
He replaces Japanese jockey Hiroyuki Uchida on Gold Ship, following two disappointing runs by the horse when finishing 15 out of 17 in last weekend’s Japan Cup.
This is a similar situation to that which brought about his booking for the Japan Cup and following that victory he said: “On a personal level, I wanted to win the Japan Cup, and I needed a filly as tough and genuine as her to do it.”
Moore has been based in Japan for a three-month contract with the Japan Racing Association, but has still managed to have top rides in the Kentucky Derby, the Melbourne Cup, the Dubai World Cup, the Canadian International prior to the Japan Cup, and will also compete in the Hong Kong Cup next month.