Moore to ride Gatsby in Champion

Ryan Moore is set to be reunited with The Grey Gatsby in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.

The former champion guided Kevin Ryan’s stable star to what at the time was a surprise success in the Dante Stakes at York and was on board again when the Mastercraftsman colt showed that to be no fluke in the French Derby.

He was required for Telescope in the Juddmonte International, with Richard Hughes stepping in as Ryan’s charge found only dual Derby hero Australia too good on the Knavesmire last month.

Ryan said: “Ryan Moore rides, he flies from Doncaster after the Leger.”

William Haggas has confirmed Mukhadram is on course for the Foxrock feature.

The five-year-old enjoyed a deserved day in the sun when claiming victory in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown in early July and followed that up with a fine effort to finish third in the King George at Ascot.

He performed slightly below expectations when fourth in the Juddmonte International at York, but he is reported to be in good form as he looks set to renew rivalries with York winner and dual Derby hero Australia on Irish Champions Weekend.

Haggas said of the Dubai World Cup runner-up: “He seems fine and it’s all systems go.

“I think it (Irish Champions Weekend) is a great concept, there’s going to be some great racing and I hope everything goes well for everyone involved.”

Moore, meanwhile, has been booked to ride Qipco 2000 Guineas winner Night Of Thunder in the Qatar Prix du Moulin at Longchamp on Sunday.

Trainer Richard Hannon was pleased to acquire the services of Moore after stable jockey Richard Hughes opted to partner Toronado in the Group One in Paris.

“We are delighted to have snapped up Ryan Moore for Night of Thunder in the Moulin, with Hughesie naturally staying with Toronado,” Hannon said.

“We call Night of Thunder the ‘Kingslayer’ in the yard — he beat Kingman fair and square in the Guineas — and he has benefited from his break.

“Toronado is still very much in the mix for the QEII Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day and we could then look at the Breeders’ Cup Mile and Hong Kong.”

Kingman, who defeated Toronado in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, was expectedly not among the 15 horses left in the Moulin at the latest acceptance stage.

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