Ryan Moore hoping to keep Grey Gatsby partnership intact in Prince of Wales’s

Ryan Moore is set to ride The Grey Gatsby in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot next week.

Ryan Moore hoping to keep Grey Gatsby partnership intact in Prince of Wales’s

The dual champion jockey steered the Kevin Ryan-trained grey to victory in the Dante at York, the French Derby at Chantilly and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown during a brilliant 2014 campaign and has also been on board twice this year, filling the runner-up spot behind French star Solow in Dubai before finishing fourth in last month’s Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.

Moore has been used on a regular basis by Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle operation this season and will certainly not be short of options in Berkshire next week, but Ryan is hopeful he will keep the partnership intact with his stable star in the main event on the second day of the Royal meeting.

“We’re nearly sure Ryan is going to ride him. It’s a big bonus having Ryan,” the trainer told At The Races.

“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.”

While keen not to get ahead of himself, the trainer already has one eye on a return to York for the Juddmonte International in August and a potential tilt at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the autumn.

Ryan said: “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.”

Chad Schofield has been confirmed as the intended rider for Australian challenger Criterion after partnering the horse in his recent work.

Craig Williams had ridden David Hayes’ charge on his last three outings but Schofield, who has been riding in Britain for the last few weeks, will get the leg up on the three-times Group One winner.

The trainer’s son Ben tweeted: “Very happy for @SchofieldChad for securing the ride on Criterion. Worked very hard for it and deserves a chance.”

Meanwhile Irish Rookie could bypass Sunday’s Prix de Diane Longines at Chantilly and be supplemented for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday week.

Trainer Martyn Meade is seriously considering his original plan which was to go for the French Oaks after she was second in the French 1000 Guineas as he feels it may be worth sticking to a mile for her next race.

Meade also revealed she missed a little work after suffering a slight setback and the extra few days to the Coronation would be a help.

“The campaign I organised for her was to run her in the Guineas and then go on to the Prix de Diane over a mile and two and step her up and see how we go from there,” the Newmarket trainer told At The Races.

“The problem in a way was that the draw (two) was so good. We got to the rail and turning in she was going so well there was no doubt Fergus (Sweeney) had to go at that stage.

“Inevitably you’re ready to be shot at when you go like that, but the good thing about it was when they came to her she knuckled down and went again. If you ran the race again you might get a different result.

“The plan was to go back to France, but we worked her on Friday and Fergus, who was on her and had been riding her in at work, said the penny has dropped with her all of a sudden.

“In the early days it took her just a little bit of time to get into her stride when you asked her. Now at the slightest squeeze she absolutely jumps and goes.

“We are thinking really should we be leaving a mile behind at this stage when she’s done nothing wrong at that trip? Plus the fact she had a little stone bruise after that bit of work, so I’ve just had to hold off a couple of days and I’m just wondering the French race might come a little bit soon. Our alternative is to go for the Coronation Stakes, “

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