Jockey Ryan Moore claims record 9th winner at Royal Ascot
ASCOT, England (AP) — Jockey Ryan Moore rode a record ninth winner of this year’s Royal Ascot meeting on Friday on board Aloft in the Queen’s Vase.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained 3-year-old was the 5-2 favorite and beat Tommy Docc by half a length.
“It was a very messy race, I was slowly away and in a bad position and having to pick my way, he was a bit rusty all the way round,” Moore said. “He’s a fair horse this fellow. He’s open to all sorts of improvement, it’s his first run of the year and you wouldn’t know where he could end up.
“I’m very lucky, I get to ride the best horses and that makes a big difference.”
At the prestigious 304-year-old meeting west of London, Lester Piggott was the first jockey in recorded history to claim eight Royal Ascot winners in 1965. He repeated the feat a decade a later and Pat Eddery matched that total in 1989.
“Ryan Moore is a brilliant jockey,” Piggott said. “To win nine races during any week is a fantastic achievement, but to do it at Royal Ascot where the competition is so tough is extremely impressive. I’m sure Ryan will go on to break many more records during his career.”
Moore earlier missed out on claiming the record in the feature race on the fourth day at Royal Ascot.
Christophe Soumillon timed his challenge well as Ervedya produced a late surge to win the Coronation Stakes. The 3-1 shot beat Moore’s 13-8 favorite Found by a neck, and Lucida, another 3-1 shot, was half a length away in third.