O’Brien & Moore Seeking Further Royal Ascot Success

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The Aidan O’Brien – Ryan Moore tandem is hoping for further success at Royal Ascot today. Moore will be aboard the favourite ‘Found’ in the Coronation Stakes. Charlie Hoynes reports [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/41528/medium/”] The first at Ascot is off at 2.30 today and the going is good to firm. Yesterday there were three more Irish trained winners on the third day of Royal Ascot and the common denominator was the man in the saddle. Ryan Moore has set Royal Ascot alight like no other jockey in the last quarter of a century, dominating the jockeys’ table with eight winners on the first three days of the Royal meeting. Luckily for Irish racing, the man who is arguably the greatest flat jockey on the planet, is first jockey to Coolmore and it was in the bloodstock giant’s colours that he recorded a treble this afternoon. Two of his winners were trained by Ballydoyle maestro Aidan O’Brien with the third handled by David Wachman. Moore set the tone for the afternoon with victory in the opening race. Waterloo Bridge was a 12-1 chance, with the market all about the Richard Hannon-trained duo of Log Out Island and dominating the betting and much of the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes. However they had all reckoned without Moore and he got Waterloo Bridge up in the shadow of the post for victory. The Moore factor was responsible for Curvy’s odds practically halving before the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes. The David Wachman-trained filly was available at 8-1 this morning but was sent off at odds of 9-2. Moore and Curvy had to be brave to get out of trouble as the field entered the final furlong and the three-year-old filly showed she had the determination to match her ice-cool jockey to hunt down and catch evens favourite Pleascach, trained in Carlow by Jim Bolger. Moore left it late on War Envoy in the Britannia Stakes as the 10-1 chance appreciated the fast pace he got in the mile contest to grab victory on the line by a neck from Udododontu. That success meant Moore equalled Pat Eddery’s 26 year-old record of eight winners at one Royal Ascot but Moore still has two more days left to break that long-standing mark. War Envoy’s victory brought Aidan O’Brien within striking distance of a career half-century of Royal Ascot winners.