Trainer Kevin Ryan is confident of having Ryan Moore on his stable star The Grey Gatsby in the Prince Of Wales’ Stakes at Royal Ascot next week as plans for the Royal meeting continue to become clearer ahead of its start on Tuesday.
Last year’s Irish Champion Stakes winner went down to fellow English challenger Al Kazeem in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh last month but Ryan is hopeful he can bounce back to form in a race that currently sees Dermot Weld’s Free Eagle top the field.
Moore is set to be in high demand next week with Coolmore having first call on the worlds leading jockey. However, despite the fact that they do have entries in the Prince Of Wales’ Stakes next Wednesday, Kevin Ryan is confident he’ll be able to avail of Moore’s services.
“We’re nearly sure Ryan is going to ride him. It’s a big bonus having Ryan,” the trainer said yesterday.
“He (The Grey Gatsby) is in great order and did his final piece of work this morning. We’re right where we want to be with him and he’ll be going there 100 per cent.”
The six-day entries for the opening day of the meeting were received yesterday, and the Prince Of Wales’ Stakes will become a lot clearer this afternoon and looking further ahead, Ryan wasn’t ruling out a possible tilt at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe later in the year for the horse that famously lowered the colours of Australia at Leopardstown last September.
“I’d love to win the Juddmonte on our local track, but we’ll take any Group Ones we can get.
“The Arc would be quite exciting, stepping up to a mile and a half.”
Ryan Moore was yesterday installed as the 1/3 favourite to be crowned champion jockey for the week by bookmakers Paddy Power. His obvious book of rides and demand has him way clear at the head of that market, with Saturday’s Epsom Derby winning rider Frankie Dettori next best at 6/1 while Richard Hughes, who will be riding at his final Royal Ascot, is as big as 10/1, with Paul Hanagan shorter at 8/1 and James Doyle 12/1.
Moore is likely to get off to a good start to the week as dual 2,000 Guineas hero Gleneagles was unsurprisingly among the 15 names that remain for Tuesday’s St James’ Palace Stakes.
The Newmarket and Curragh-winning colt was touted for a possible supplementary to the Derby, with Balldoyle seemingly lacking an obvious candidate for Epsom, but that plan was aborted early last week and he will remain over a mile for his next assignment ,which is the feature on the opening day.
While Gleneagles is the Ballydoyle flagbearer for the season, he is one of five that Aidan O’Brien has left in the race with Highland Reel, Sir Isaac Newton, The Happy Prince and War Envoy all there as well.
Eddie Lynam’s Sole Power will bid to make history in the King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday by winning it for a third year in a row and the five-furlong specialist heads the 24 in that race with the trainer also responsible for Moviesta and Anthem Alexander.
Moviesta is an exciting new recruit to Lynam’s County Meath base, but has yet to make his first start for the yard and does also appear among the entries for the Summer Sprint Stakes at Cork over five furlongs on Sunday where the ground is currently described as good-to-firm and the Munster Oaks is also due to take place.