Moore confirms comeback as O'Brien plans St Leger raid
Published 25/08/2016 | 02:30
Buoyed by the news that stable jockey Ryan Moore will make his long-awaited comeback with one ride at Newmarket tomorrow, Aidan O'Brien has confirmed Idaho as one of his ten entries for next month's Doncaster St Leger.
The Irish Derby runner-up cemented his place at the head of the betting for the world's oldest classic when landing the Great Voltigeur Stakes, which is traditionally a strong trial for the race, at York last week.
O'Brien's charge beat stablemate Housesofparliament that day and he is one of a 10 entries for the Ballydoyle supremo, with Sword Fighter, Somehow and Pretty Perfect also in the reckoning.
Newmarket trainer John Gosden has won three of the last nine renewals, and four in all, and has two strong contenders in Muntahaa and Epsom Derby fourth Wings Of Desire.
The Ed Dunlop-trained Red Verdon, which finished sixth at Epsom and fourth in the Irish Derby at the Curragh, is heading for Doncaster after his fine effort to take second place in the mile-and-a-half Grand Prix de Paris at Saint-Cloud in July.
As for Moore, the Ballydoyle No 1 has confirmed that he will return to action by riding Michael Stoute's Spatial in a maiden fillies contest at Newmarket.
Moore has been absent since Glorious Goodwood due to a non-specified injury, with his last competitive ride being for O'Brien on Alice Springs in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville on July 31.
The former British champion jockey revealed in his Betfair blog: "I have been riding out for a couple of weeks, but it made sense to give the injury time to completely settle and heal before I started race-riding.
"There was simply no point in rushing back, with such a busy autumn campaign both domestically and internationally, and I have been having physio every day and generally keeping myself busy.
"It seems a long while since I rode Alice Springs in the Rothschild at the end of last month, but I am obviously very happy to be back."
Another jockey who has been on the recovery trail from long-term injury in recent weeks is Barry Geraghty - however, his comeback is further down the road.
The 36-year-old broke his upper right arm in two places when he suffered a bad fall at Market Rasen in July and is hoping to return to the saddle in October.
JP McManus' retained rider will see an orthopaedic surgeon early next month and given his rate of progress with the physio, he's hopeful that he will get the green light to make his comeback in about six weeks.