Moore: The Gurkha my best chance of a winner

Ryan Moore set a new best last season when becoming the first rider since the war to record nine winners during Royal Ascot and has high hopes of another successful week.

Moore: The Gurkha my best chance of a winner

The former champion considers French 2000 Guineas winner The Gurkha as perhaps his best chance this time around, in what looks like being a red-hot St James’s Palace Stakes on Tuesday.

He said: “Last year seems a long time ago now. I thought going into the meeting last year that I had three with definite chances but two of them got beat and only one won.”

When asked how it felt to ride the record number of post-war winners at a single Royal Ascot, beating the previous record of eight set by Lester Piggott and Pat Eddery, Moore said: “They were different eras and Royal Ascot is a different meeting now to how it was back then.” He went on: “I am lucky to be riding for powerful stables and will have some nice rides. There is nothing I can think of that will definitely win but I should have some solid chances. Miss Temple City is something to look forward to in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.

“I think the St James’s Palace Stakes and the Prince of Wales’s Stakes are the two most exciting races of the week.

“I think my mount (in the St James’s Palace) The Gurkha should be able to handle both softer and faster ground.

“I haven’t spoken to Aidan (O’Brien) yet about whether Found runs in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

“Caravaggio (Coventry Stakes) was very impressive when he won at the Curragh and it was probably the best performance seen by a two-year-old so far this season.

“Order Of St George (favourite for the Gold Cup) is a very exciting horse and hasn’t done a lot wrong. It was a nice comeback win from him.

“I am not sure yet whether I will be riding Dartmouth in the Hardwicke Stakes. He has done nothing wrong with two wins the season.

“I have been lucky enough to ride regularly for the Queen and to ride a winner for her at Royal Ascot is always extra special. It’s just nice to be involved.

“At the moment, I would say my best chance of success next week is with The Gurkha.”

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