By Simon Jackson at Royal Ascot.
Ryan Moore set a modern-day record at Royal Ascot on Friday when he bagged his ninth winner of the week on Aloft in the Listed Queen’s Vase.
The victory surpassed the long-standing record of eight winners at a single Royal Ascot meeting held by Lester Piggott (1965 and 1975) and Pat Eddery (1989).
The win on Aloft was Moore’s fifth of the week for trainer Aidan O’Brien who Moore has strengthened his ties with this season to now ride for as first jockey.
“I’m very lucky, I get to ride the best horses and that makes a big difference,” said Moore who has the chance to add to his tally with six rides on Saturday.
The only jockey to have ridden more winners at a Royal Ascot meeting is the legendary Fred Archer who rode 12 winners in 1878 and Piggott believes Moore can continue to break records.
“Ryan Moore is a brilliant jockey, anyone can see that,” said Piggott. “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.”
O’Brien said: “I’m delighted for him. He’s a great rider and a great fella and it’s great to have him on board.”
Aloft, the 5/2 favourite, came through late in the two-mile race to beat Tommy Docc by half a length with Future Empire the same distance back in third place.
It was the Galileo colt’s first run since his second place in last season’s Racing Post Trophy and a return to Doncaster for the St Leger may be an option where he is into 10-1 (from 16-1) with Paddy Power.
“He’s had a few little niggles that have kept him off the track,” said O’Brien. “He’s a very nice horse and Ryan rode him perfectly at his first try at more than a mile.”
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