Ryan Moore is relishing a return to Royal Ascot in two-months, after his record breaking week in 2015. The meeting is the biggest event of the flat racing season with the world’s finest horses and trainers coming to Ascot Racecourse for five days of action.
Moore is widely regarded as the world’s leading flat jockey and his barnstorming performances saw him ride nine winners; a modern day record eclipsed only by the great Fred Archer who rode 12 winners at the Royal Meeting in 1878.
Now the superstar jockey is excited about the prospect of returning in 2016, saying: “It is a massive week in the calendar; as far as English racing is concerned it is the main week of the year.
“We have the highest quality horses and now have horses coming from all over the world. The prestige and tradition to it makes it different to any other meeting in the world.
“I always said to myself ‘if I am going to ride I need to do it at the top level’. It is a tough game so it is hard to get there. It has always been about riding the best horses at the highest level in the big races.”
Below we take a look back at Royal Ascot 2015 where one man stole the show.
Ryan Moore’s record breaking Royal Ascot
His week got off to the perfect start as star colt Gleneagles romped to victory in the St James’s Palace Stakes. That victory set the tone for the week, where the potent combination of Moore and Irish-trainer Aidan O’Brien would dominate.
On the victory Moore said: “Gleneagles was always the most important last year. He was very impressive in the St James’s Palace. It was great to get him home on the first day. He would be the biggest memory of last year.”
Moore didn’t have to wait long for his next victory as he guided the Willie Mullins-trained Clondaw Warrior to a half-length victory in the Ascot Stakes. Moore then finished the opening day with his third winner as Washington DC won the Windsor Castle Stakes, once again for Aidan O’Brien.
Day two saw a further two winners for the great jockey with victories aboard Wesley Ward’s Acapulco in the Queen Mary Stakes and GM Hopkins in the Royal Hunt Cup.
Three winners arrived on Royal Ascot Ladies Day. The opening race of the day went to Moore and O’Brien as Waterloo Bridge won the Norfolk Stakes. The next came as Curvy won the Ribblesdale Stakes for David Wachman. Moore and O’Brien were at it again in the Britannia Stakes as War Enovy just got up on the line to win by a neck.
The Friday didn’t see Moore enter the Winners’ Enclosure until the final race when Aloft won the Queen’s Vase. Despite not riding a winner on the final day of Royal Ascot, Moore’s record breaking week grabbed all the headlines, a truly remarkable feat.
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