The man widely regarded as the world’s premier jockey has the chance to help master trainer Chris Waller win his first Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
Englishman Ryan Moore has flown out to ride Coolmore-owned colt Shinzo, in the world’s richest race for two-year-olds.
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The son of Snitzel rocketed into Slipper contention with a dynamic last-to-first victory in last Saturday’s Pago Pago Stakes.
“For me it’s one of the ‘big four’ races and it’s great to be going into the race with a chance,” said Moore, after piloting Shinzo in a track gallop at Rosehill on Thursday morning.
“We’ll need a bit of luck, but I think the horse has got the talent and if things go well then he’s there with a chance.”
Waller labelled it ‘’an absolute privilege’’ to have Moore riding Shinzo, and is convinced the 39-year-old will give him every possible chance from the inside barrier.
“If anything I see (barrier one) as an advantage, it’s the shortest way home, they’ve got a rail to follow,” Waller said.
“He’s one of the leading riders in the world, if not the leading rider in the world, and that comes with great horsemanship, dedication and results.”
Shinzo ($13) is rated as one of the main challengers to another boom colt that will be ridden by James McDonald – the Godolphin-trained Cylinder ($3.90 favourite).
If either colt is victorious in the $5 million dollar sprint, a stud career worth tens of millions of dollars beckons.
“We have the top trainer, we have the top jockey, and we think we’ve got one of the top horses in the race,” said Coolmore Australia boss Tom Magnier.
“The Slipper is the race you dream about winning, and to have two horses in the race is fantastic.”
The other runner Magnier is referring to is Annabel Neasham’s unbeaten filly Learning To Fly, the $6.50 second favourite, to be ridden by Chad Schofield.
Waller will also saddle up impressive filly Lazzago ($34), and might even have a third runner, with emergency Militarize ($81) still a chance of sneaking into the final field.
The Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou-trained Facile needs to pass a Racing NSW vet examination to be cleared to run, after being found to be mildly lame in her near foreleg on Wednesday.