Moore wins in Japan

Ryan Moore claimed yet more top-level honours when he guided Maurice to victory in the Autumn Tenno Sho at Tokyo racecourse.

Jockey Ryan Moore gives a thumbs-up after riding Maurice to success in Japan.

Moore, riding the 90th Group One of his career, had successfully linked up with Noriyuki Hori's five-year-old for two Grade One triumphs over a mile last year, but, if anything, the partnership looked even more at home over this longer trip.

Maurice bounded into contention at the top of the home straight, after Royal Ascot flop A Shin Hikari had made the running, and was very fine value for his length-and-a-half defeat of Real Steel.

Moore said: "He's a very good horse, he's strong at a mile and very hard to beat.

"He's very strong, he's got a good turn of foot and he was dominant.

"He couldn't have been more impressive. He has a big heart, big lungs and at a mile he could go further so we weren't too concerned about the distance."

The jockey headed straight to Australia after the race in order to ride Bondi Beach for Aidan O'Brien in the Melbourne Cup.

Moore admitted that he was somewhat out of the loop over Bondi Beach's prospects, but told his column: "The feedback I have had is encouraging, and I would like to think that I go into the Melbourne Cup with a better chance than most, and there are certainly worst draws than mine in five.
"My colt disappointed, to a degree, in this race last season but he is a year older and a year wiser now, and the simple fact that he experienced the travelling and occasion then is a big plus to his chances this time around, as is his preparation.
"This will actually be the first time I have ridden the horse but he was clearly one of the leading three-year-old stayers last season based on his St Leger second, after which he went to Flemingtonand finished 16th in this race.
"It was a better run than his final placing suggests – he was drawn wide in 18 and was beaten only around six lengths – and I would think that this race has been his long-time target since. Well, it has.
"He has had a light and successful campaign, and he clearly shaped very promisingly over a mile and a half at Leopardstown last time when third to Zhukova and US Army Ranger, even if the first two home did nothing for the form next time.
"I think he is fairly weighted, and the step back up to two miles on decent ground will suit. With luck in running, I would hope and expect him to be very competitive. To state the obvious, this is a wide-open race, though."

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