Moore, Sym­bol out to make their mark in the Syd­ney Stakes

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

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.

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