Sussex-born Flat jockey Ryan Moore has had bigger fish to fry than the Flat Jockeys Championship in the closing stages of the season. He conceded the title to Richard Hughes to go to Australia for the Cox Plate this weekend and was rewarded with a stunning victory.
He rode Adelaide for Aiden O’Brien in an outstanding ride to take the race in a hotly contested finish that was probably the most exciting race in the Cox Plate history. The victory has shown that the three-year-old is a top quality international runner.
After the race Moore told reporters:”He’s a very good horse, circumstances went against us, but he was much the best. This horse has shown how good he is, he’s been around the world this year. He’s a very good horse because he’s done it the hard way.”
Moore’s agent, Tony Hind confirmed that the jockey would not be riding in Britain for the remainder of the season and said Ryan would be going on to America, for the Breeders’ Cup, then back to Australia for the Melbourne Cup and then to ride in major races in Japan and Hong Kong.
The news came after Richard Hughes had been riding at afternoon and evening meetings to overtake his rival- having started well behind other jockeys after being badly injured in Dubai before the start of the season.
He has now won the title for a record three consectutive years and rates Toronado’s win first time out this season at Ascot as a highlight of his year.
Meanwhile Ryan Moore has always been committed to riding the best horses in top races overseas at this time of the year, rather than battling to win the domestic Champion Jockey title on home ground.