Moore Crowned Leading Rider At Royal Ascot For Eighth Of Past Nine Seasons

Ryan Moore rode a Saturday double to leapfrog old rival Frankie Dettori in the race to finish top rider at Royal Ascot 2018 and receive the QIPCO Leading Jockey Award.

Moore enjoyed a short head victory aboard Merchant Navy in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes and also partnered Crystal Ocean to success in the G2 Hardwicke Stakes.

That left him on a tally of five winners for the Meeting, one more than Dettori who drew a blank on the fifth day.

Underlining his enduring prowess in the saddle, this was the eighth time in nine seasons that he has landed the QIPCO Royal Ascot Leading Jockey Award.

Moore, who has now ridden 53 Royal Ascot winners, said after being presented with his award: “It was great to end the week with Merchant Navy winning today. That was an important race for an important horse.

“He has done well to come from the other side of the world and beat horses from all over the place again. So I was very happy with him and he would be the highlight of the week for me.

“Sir Michael has had a great week – he had four winners and a couple of good ones. Crystal Ocean is an improving horse and he’s got better and better.

“To get to 50 winners at Royal Ascot this week was great.”

Ballydoyle handler Aidan O’Brien was crowned the QIPCO Royal Ascot Leading Trainer for the ninth time at the Royal Meeting thanks to four winners at this year’s meeting.

Newmarket trainer John Gosden also had four winners, but O’Brien had one more second than Gosden, thereby claiming the award on countback.

O’Brien’s winners this week were Kew Gardens [G2 Queen’s Vase], Hunting Horn [G3 Hampton Court Stakes], Magic Wand [G2 Ribblesdale Stakes] and Merchant Navy in today’s feature race, the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

O’Brien now has 65 winners at the Royal Meeting in total.

After being presented with the award, O’Brien said: “We are delighted really. It’s tough, very competitive racing.

“Merchant Navy is a great horse. He was at a big weight disadvantage today but it was great for him to win and we couldn’t be happier really.

“We had plenty of races that we didn’t win, but we were privileged and delighted to win a few.

“It’s competitive racing at Royal Ascot. No matter what race you run a horse in, it is always tough to win and very competitive, but that’s what makes it special.

“Don’t be under any illusions, this is very tough racing.”

Jockey Ryan Moore was crowned the QIPCO Royal Ascot Top Jockey for the eighth time in nine years, with five victories at the Royal Meeting this week.

Moore struck aboard Kew Gardens [G2 Queen’s Vase], Hunting Horn [G3 Hampton Court Stakes], Magic Wand [G2 Ribblesdale Stakes], Crystal Ocean [G2 Hardwicke Stakes] and Merchant Navy [G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes].

Moore now has 53 winners at the Royal Meeting overall.

Coolmore also claimed the Leading Owner Award following the successes of Kew Gardens [G2 Queen’s Vase], Hunting Horn [G3 Hampton Court Stakes], Magic Wand [G2 Ribblesdale Stakes] and Merchant Navy [G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes].

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