Moore, Symbol out to make their mark in the Sydney Stakes
IT’S not what you but who you know.
That’s how it came to be that the world’s best jockey, Ryan Moore, will take the ride on Egyptian Symbol in Group 2 ATC Sydney Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick tomorrow.
Moore is in Australia to partner Coolmore’s Everest hopeful U S Navy Flag as he was when the Aidan O’Brien-trained son of War Front won the Group 1 Dewhurst and July Stakes.
Moore has a better record than most resident Australian jockey with big race wins including the Cox Plate on Adelaide and Melbourne Cup aboard Protectionist.
“Egyptian Symbol’s owner, Bruce Neill, organised it,” the mare’s trainer Bjorn Baker explained. “I don’t know Ryan personally but I’ve got a mate coming over New Zealand who is friendly with him so it’s funny how it works out.”
Moore has won just about every major race in the world including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Japan Cup, Melbourne Cup, Breeders’ Cup Turf and the Epsom Derby/ Oaks twice apiece.
“118 Group 1 wins says it all,” Baker declared.
Moore will find Egyptian Symbol primed for a bold bid in the Sydney Stakes in keeping with her deadly accurate firstup record of four wins from six fresh starts.
“She is great order and trialled really well last week. I couldn’t be happier with her,” Baker told Sportsman.
“The cut in the track is the key for her as well. This a target race for her so fingers crossed.”
Baker also saddles saddlesup the 2016 Doomben 10,000 winner Music Magnate in the Sydney Stakes as the horse aims to turn around his last placing in the Everest dress rehearsal (aka Premiere Stakes) at his most recent outing.
“He is a little bit patchy in terms of form and he probably wants better track,” Baker said.
“They went fast in the Premiere and he was just out of his comfort zone. He’s not if he gets back to his best but he’s probably had better days.”
Jockey Ryan Moore with the Melbourne Cup in 2014.