Friday 20 April 2018

Moore opts to partner O'Brien's Aussie star on Sunday

Ryan Moore Photo: Getty Images
Ryan Moore Photo: Getty Images

JA McGrath

Ryan Moore has scrapped plans to ride in Singapore at the weekend in order to partner So You Think in Sunday's Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh, providing further evidence that his link with the Ballydoyle stable is more formal than first envisaged.

Moore had been aboard Presvis in seven of his eight wins, but now Richard Hughes comes in for the mount in the Singapore Airlines International Cup at Kranji.

Aidan O'Brien has refused to nominate his No 1 jockey at Ballydoyle, but Moore seems to have most of the votes in the Coolmore/Ballydoyle camp at present. The former English champion jockey rode Roderic O'Connor in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Last weekend he partnered Wild Wind to finish third in the French 1,000 Guineas and Imperial Rome, which was unplaced in the French 2,000.

Michael Stoute doesn't seem perturbed that his stable jockey is making the most of opportunities elsewhere. "As long as he rides for me when I want him, that's all that concerns me," he said. Moore is also likely to partner O'Brien's Together, which spearheads the field of 16 fillies left in the Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas on Sunday.

The Ballydoyle three-year-old could be joined by up to four stablemates: Moyglare Stud winner Misty For Me, Wild Wind, Look At Me and Why.

Jim Bolger's Banimpire has been in a rich vein of form lately, and Bolger could also run Claiomh Solais.

John Oxx has two prospects in Emiyna and History Note, while Kevin Prendergast has left in Handassa, Rose Bonheur and Seeharn. David Wachman's unbeaten Chrysanthemum is a possible, while Pat Fahey's Ballybacka Lady dented some lofty reputations in a trial at Leopardstown.

Jessica Harrington has withdrawn Siren's Song but Laughing Lashes could still run. Mick Channon's Majestic Dubawi is the sole British representative. Paddy Power make Emiyna their 4/1 favourite. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish 1,000 Guineas -- Paddy Power bet: 4/1 Emiyna, 9/2 Together, 6/1 Banimpire, 7/1 Look At Me, 9/1 Laughing Lashes, Misty For Me, 10/1 History Note, Wild Wind, 12/1 bar.

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