Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore

Trevor Jones

Ryan Moore Takes Cathay Pacific Jockey Battle

British rider repeats Japanese success; Julien Leparoux, representing U.S., blanked.

Ryan Moore, who shared last year's Cathay Pacific International Jockeys' Championship in a three-way tie, won the title outright in the competition held at Happy Valley on the night of Dec. 8.

Moore, who scored 24 points, is making a habit of winning international jockey competitions after capturing the World Super Jockey Series last month in Japan. He won the Cathay Pacific title with two wins in the four-race competition.

Twelve internationally-known jockeys took part this year. Julien Leparoux, representing the United States, did not score with his four mounts, finishing fifth, sixth, ninth, and 12th. Scoring was on a 12-6-4 basis for first through third.

A three-time champion in Britain, Moore was at his best on both his winners. He got off to a dream start when producing the Tony Millard-trained Something Special with a storming run under a power-packed ride on the outside of the field, running down the Olivier Peslier-ridden Jolly Wongchoy by three-quarters of a length.

Moore had to wait until the final leg to clinch the title on the well named Fearless. Drawn in what looked a tough position in 12, the pair came wide and late on the outsider Fearless to collar the Douglas Whyte-ridden Ho Wongchoy. In the process Moore snatched the title away from Whyte, who was second on 18 points.

"It is really nice to win this event, on my very own this time," Moore said. "Especially good as I didn't think I held much chance coming into it. I was delighted to find the trainer (Tony Millard) was confident when it came to the first race, and the horse won well.

"This is a nice warm up for the big races at Sha Tin on Sunday, which is the last big meeting of the season for me. I have some excellent rides in all four races, on Paco Boy, Snow Fairy, Crystal Capella and Kingsgate Native, not necessarily in that order."

Whyte, 10 times champion jockey in Hong Kong, won the third leg with the Alex Wong-trained My Goal. They were quickly out of the stalls from a wide berth to hold a handy position and kicked on when reaching the straight to open up a lead that the fast-finishing second Nordic Star was unable to close.

The other leg was won by Australian star Nash Rawiller, who celebrated his 36th birthday by making all the running to take the second race of the event on the Me Tsui-trained Record High. He finished third with 12 points on his first visit to Happy Valley.