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Saturday 18 November 2017

Moore paces himself as longevity is the key to his success

Ryan Moore passed a landmark this week that he wasn’t even aware was on the horizon. Pic: racingpost.com
Ryan Moore passed a landmark this week that he wasn’t even aware was on the horizon. Pic: racingpost.com

Ryan Moore joined an elite bunch of jockeys to have ridden 2,000 winners in Britain this week, but, unsurprisingly, Moore claimed that he wasn't even aware such a landmark was on the horizon.

"I wasn't sure, but I heard a few people talking about it," he said on Wednesday evening. No fuss. It was the 'that's my job' mentality that has brought him to such a landmark.

Moore will never be accused of using two words where one will do, or delaying a reporter with small chit-chat, he just goes racing to ride winners.

As retained jockey to Coolmore, Moore spends a handful of days in Ireland during the summer months, he makes a good living in Britain, but is in demand around the world, especially in Japan later in the year. It's a winning trail.

His agent, Tony Hind, sums up the attitude. Hind said yesterday; "I look forward to his next 2,000 winners" and wondered how many of his winners to date were in Group races. That is where Moore excels.

Moore isn't quite driven like Tony McCoy to travel all over the country to ride winners wherever he can. Moore goes where he has to, where 'his men' want him, where winning opportunities arise without compromising his wellbeing or running himself into the ground by taking in eight meetings in a week and then being required to ride a Group One favourite on a Saturday when the hard miles of the previous four or five days are just starting to take a toll.

The main objective now is to ride big race winners.

Tomorrow at Sandown, Moore will ride for Sir Michael Stoute, John Gosden and Aidan O'Brien.

Moore has ticked off the champion jockey box a few times, but now his clear focus is longevity. Without saying much, Hind pretty much tells us that. Mick Kinane retired at the very top, with a horse of a lifetime, shortly after his 50th birthday. Ryan Moore is still only 33.

So far this year, Moore has ridden seven Group One winners, all for Aidan O'Brien, and the aim will be to notch up another with Cliffs Of Moher in the Eclipse at Sandown tomorrow afternoon, amazingly, 10 years on from his first and only previous win in the race.

That was aboard Notnowcato for Stoute, a five-year-old who lowered the colours of the Derby winner Authorized, and Moore will be hoping that Stoute won't conjure up a similar performance from Ulysses, the mount of Jim Crowley, and that Cliffs Of Moher will return to winning ways after somehow being overtaken in the closing stages at Epsom.

If Moore is to win the lion's share of the £500,000 prize tomorrow, the reaction won't be much different to that of being told about the 2,000 winner landmark.

It will be quite a while before Hind's comments about 4,000 winners will be given much thought again, but if he does get that far, or even half way there, the amount of Group One winners at that stage could be quite scary.

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