Ryan Moore: has not ridden since last Sunday and is on holiday
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Baxter 4:25PM 4 AUG 2016
RYAN MOORE has been advised to rest and recuperate from riding with the jockey admitting to have been “a bit sore for the last couple of weeks”.
Moore was expected to be in action this weekend at the Curragh to partner Coventry winner and ante-post 2,000 Guineas favourite Caravaggio, but Seamie Heffernan has now picked up the ride.
At Goodwood last week Moore was at his imperious best, with eight winners over the course of the five-day meeting enough to secure him leading rider honours.
However he has not ridden since Sunday when partnering Alice Springs at Deauville.
‘Complete rest is the best option’
In a statement to the Press Association, Moore said: “I have been a bit sore for the last couple of weeks and been advised by a specialist that complete rest is the best option.
“I’m not going to rush it as I want to be 100 per cent for all the major races in the autumn so I’m going to play it by ear, but hope to be back soon.”
Depending on how long Moore decides to delay his return, he could miss York’s Ebor meeting later in the month. Superstar filly Minding is a potential runner in the Juddmonte International, and has been partnered by Moore on her last six runs, securing five Group 1 wins.
De Sousa cut to defend title
Coral reacted to the news that Moore will miss a period of time by cutting Silvestre de Sousa to 1-6 to hold on to his Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship.
De Sousa is two clear of Moore on 59 winners, and James Doyle, who is four behind the leader, is now 4-1 second-favourite (from 5).
Spokesman David Stevens said: “With Ryan Moore out of action for the forseeable future, a title repeat looks to be Silvestre de Sousa’s for the taking.”