Ryan Moore breaks Royal Ascot record
The World’s best Jockey, Ryan Moore, rode into the record books again this afternoon when he became the most successful rider at a single Royal Ascot in the post-war period having partnered nine horses to victory this week. The previous post-war record of eight winners during the Royal Meeting had stood since 1965 when Lester Piggott achieved the feat, something that he repeated in 1975 and which was matched by Pat Eddery in 1989.
Moore’s week got off to a sensational start on Tuesday when he won the last three races of the day, including the St James’s Palace Stakes where he teamed up with his QIPCO 2000 Guineas winning partner, Gleneagles. He added a further two on Wednesday before claiming another treble on Thursday, matching Piggott and Eddery’s record.
Earlier today he went on to break the record that had stood for 50 years aboard Aloft in the Queen’s Vase. The great Fred Archer holds the overall record for a jockey at a Royal Ascot when he rode 12 winners in 1878. It is possible Moore could go on to break Archer’s record with a further X rides still to go during the week.
Lester Piggott, who set the previous record of eight winners at a single Royal Ascot said of the achievement: “Ryan Moore is a brilliant jockey, anyone can see that. 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.”
Moore, who is widely regarded as the best jockey in the world, has continued his brilliant form of 2014 when he won 15 Group 1 races and was awarded the Longines World’s Best Jockey title, by also winning both the QIPCO 1000 and 2000 Guineas this year. His blistering form means that he now leads the Stobart Jockeys’ Championship with 44 winners, 10 clear of his nearest rival, Richard Hughes.