Moore to Partner Grandeur in Hong Kong
Following a brilliant run abroad on Sunday when partnering Gentildonna to victory in the Group 1 Japan Cup, Ryan Moore is setting his sights on continued top-level success in Asia after being confirmed to ride Grandeur in the Hong Kong Cup in just over one week.
The leading British jockey, who has claimed huge success this season in also taking out the Derby, Gold Cup and Breeders’ Cup Turf has only paired with the Jeremy Noseda-trained gelding once; that being a Listed race at Goodwood this past September, in which they were also victorious.
Having won twice in the United States most recently, Grandeur is set to touch down in Hong Kong on Monday and will share flight quarters with the John Gosden-trained The Fugue, who is set to contest the Hong Kong Vase on the same card.
“Grandeur is on schedule for the Hong Kong Cup and Ryan Moore will take the ride” Noseda published on his website yesterday.
“The horse leaves Shalfleet on Sunday and I think he is in great nick.
“He will be suited by the trip, track and ground. To have a winning chance, he will have to run a lifetime best but I feel he will go there and give a really good account of himself” Noseda concluded.
Owned by Yvonne Jacques, Grandeur is currently displaying odds of 40-1 with Bet365 for the Sha Tin classic on December 8, preceded in the betting order by nine of his eleven rivals.
Among his competitors are Hong Kong favourite and highly ranked older horse Cirrus Des Aigles, as well as Side Glance, who is fresh off a Group 1 victory in the Mackinnon Stakes at Australia’s Flemington Racecourse in early November.
Moore, who is aiming for his second Hong Kong Cup after partnering Snow Fairy to victory in the race’s 2010 edition could cap off a truly memorable trip to Asia, with rumors swirling he will take the ride on Gold Ship in next month’s Arima Kinen in Japan.