Ryan Moore – Jockey Profile

Ryan Moore
License: Flat & Jumps
Date of Birth:
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Flat & Jumps
Notable Horses:
Protectionist, Adelaide, Hillstar
Titles Awarded:
British flat racing Champion Apprentice (2003) British flat racing Champion Jockey 3 times (2006, 2008, 2009)
Apprentice Jockey of the Year (2003) Flat Jockey of the Year (2006, 2008, 2009)
Biggest Wins:
  • £2,043,011: Emirates Melbourne Cup (Group 1 Handicap) (3yo+) (Turf) – Nov 4, 2014
  • £992,043: Sportingbet Cox Plate (Group 1) (3yo+) (Turf) – Oct 25, 2014
  • £340,909: Pattison Canadian International Stakes (Grade 1) (3yo+) (Turf) – Oct 19, 2014

About Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore, three times British champion jockey, is internationally regarded as one of the very best riders in the world today and one of the safest pairs of hand aboard a thoroughbred racehorse.

Thirty-year-old Moore is the son of Sussex-based racehorse trainer Gary Moore and was bred to be a jockey having grown up around his father’s stables. Unlike his brothers Jamie and Joshua, who both ride over the jumps, Ryan was small and always had the build to be a Flat race jockey. As it turned out he also had the tactical nous and talent to be an outstanding master of his trade.

Moore began riding professionally as a 17-year-old apprentice jockey and by 2003 had been crowned British Flat Racing Champion Apprentice. It doesn’t always follow that top apprentices go on to be top senior jockeys, but Moore’s rise up the ladder was immediate as in 2004 he rode a total of 132 winners on turf and on the all-weather tracks to firmly establish himself as the new star of the profession.

His first big winner came in 2006 on board the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Notnowcato on whom he rode a brilliant race to beat Maraahel by a short-head in a thrilling renewal of the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York, a success that helped Moore on the way to his first Champion Jockey title that year.

Notnowcato provided Moore with another big win a year later when the young jockey showed his tactical brilliance in the Group 1 Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park, in which he left all the other runners who stayed on the far side and came alone to race under the stands rails. At first glance it looked as though might have had a rush of blood, but it soon became clear that the tactic might work, and in the end Notnowcato came home to beat the Derby winner Authorized by a length-and-a-half, a win that sealed Moore’s arrival as one of the very best jockeys not just in Britain, but anywhere in the world.

He went on to become champion jockey again in 2008 (192 winners) and 2009 (178 winners), riding as stable jockey for Sir Michael Stoute for whom he won the Breeders’ Cup Turf both those years on the great Conduit, at Santa Anita in California.

The following year (2010) Moore rode his first Epsom Derby winner, Workforce, as well as landing the Oaks on the great Snow Fairy, on whom he would endear himself to fans in the Far East with a series of sensational wins. 2010 also saw Moore win the world’s premier horserace, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris, landing the more than £2 million first prize on board his beloved Workforce.

In recent years Moore has continued to clean up in the world’s top races and has cemented regular additional partnerships with Ireland’s master trainer Aidan O’Brien, for whom he won the 2013 Epsom Derby on Ruler of the World, as well as star German trainer Andreas Wohler, and has linked up with a number of top Japanese trainers in a country where he is worshiped by the racing-mad public.

Quietly spoken and a man of few words, Moore’s tactical brain is one of the best in a generation. He is also a very strong and well balanced rider who rarely seems to find trouble-in-running and invariably has his horse placed in the optimum position to give him a chance of winning.

With a winning overall strike-rate of around 20%, including big successes at top tracks, Moore is always a man to have on your side, but is definitely worth noting when visiting minor tracks such as Brighton (37% wins), Ffos Las (50% wins), Leicester (35% wins), and Lingfield (28% wins).

Sir Michael Stoute remains the main provider of Moore’s winner in Britain, although both Richard Hannon and Jeremy Noseda put him up on plenty of winners too. Amongst other trainers, Moore has a particularly good strike rate for John Gosden (39%), Richard Fahey (30%), Brian Meehan (33%), and Luca Cumani (28%), statistics that could well help punters pay their way over the course of a season [1].