Ryan Moore is likely to take another big step forward in his rehabilitation from injury after he was confirmed as Time Test’s jockey at Newmarket today.
The three-times champion jockey replaces Frankie Dettori in the Group Two Nayef Joel Stakes after only returning to the saddle on yesterday, his first taste of competitive action since July.
Moore finished third aboard Peterhof in the Arkle Finance Handicap after his surprise return yesterday, the three-times champion rider having been sidelined since July 9 after he suffered a bad neck injury when his mount, Newton’s Law, reared up in the stalls at Newmarket.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Time Test’s owner, Khalid Abdullah, said: “It’s a lovely position to be in, to have two fantastic jockeys like that to choose from, and we are very lucky. There were various reasons behind Ryan riding, but we would have been very happy to have had either jockey.”
Time Test has also been declared for the totepool Supporting The Sport You Love Conditions Stakes at Chelmsford on tomorrow, but seems more likely to contest the four-runner Joel, assuming the dry forecast is correct.
Roger Charlton’s colt, a brilliant winner of the Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot, would be reverting to a mile in either race after previously finishing fourth in the Juddmonte International at York.
Should all go to plan, connections will give serious thought to sending him to America for a possible assault on the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland.
Grimthorpe said: “It has rained here at Newmarket, but I don’t think there is any more rain forecast so I imagine he will run.
“He’d have to run very well to justify going [to the US], but that is an interesting option for him.”
Decorated Knight has a fair bit to find on the ratings, but he has made promising strides this season, having won back-to-back races at Haydock and Sandown.
Trainer Roger Varian said: “I hope he will handle himself very well.
“This race represents an attractive proposition for him, as he is entered in a couple of smart races on British Champions Day and we will learn more about him on Friday.
“I pulled him out of a race at Sandown last week, because the going was too soft.
“He’s rated 97 now, so he’s still got a few pounds to find in terms of winning his stakes race. He took time to strengthen into his frame, but he looks to be reaching a nice peak now and he’s ready for a big performance.”
Wiltshire handler Richard Hannon saddles Tupi and he told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk: “Any improvement in underfoot conditions will definitely increase the chance of Tupi.
“He won two Listed races at HQ this summer when he got his ground, but it was too soft at Goodwood and Doncaster and, though he will be the outsider of the quartet, if it does dry out he could surprise a few people.”
Last year’s winner Custom Cut, trained by David O’Meara, is back for another go with confidence restored following a pretty authoritative victory in the Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown a fortnight ago.
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