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O'Brien delights Mosse with call-up


Published 04/10/2013

Gerald Mosse has spoken of his delight at picking up the ride on St Leger winner Leading Light in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

With trainer Aidan O'Brien's son Joseph, who was in the saddle when winning the Classic at Doncaster and the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot, unable to get down to 8st 11lb, the allocated weight for three-year-olds in the race, Mosse's services have been snapped up.

Now, at 46, considered a veteran of his trade, Mosse won the 1990 Arc on Saumarez and has claimed plenty of the biggest races in the world, including the Melbourne Cup and several major prizes in Hong Kong where he rode for a prolonged period.

Leading Light was supplemented yesterday by his Coolmore owners, along with Criquette Head-Maarek's Treve and Meandre, at a cost of €100,000.

O'Brien will also run the Investec Derby winner Ruler Of The World, who will maintain his partnership with Ryan Moore, but both Camelot and Kingsbarns have been taken out of the race.

Mosse revealed he threw his hat into the ring for the ride when he learned Chicquita, the Irish Oaks winner, was being sent to the sales rather than running in the Arc.

"I'm extremely happy to have got the ride," said Mosse.

"I put my services forward for the ride when I learned that my intended mount, Chicquita, was to be sold.

"They rang me back and obviously I'm very grateful. I have ridden for Mr O'Brien before but not in the Arc.

"The horse looks extremely strong and solid and that is just what you need to win an Arc.

"He gets a three-kilo (8lb) allowance as a three-year-old which is very helpful and I'm very happy to be riding him.

"He looks to have a good chance. It was nice to be chosen to ride him – I'm delighted," he added.

The Fugue has been left in by John Gosden and not declared for the Prix de l'Opera leaving a field of 19 with the final chance to withdraw today, when the all-important draw will take place.

Frankie Dettori's agent Ray Cochrane expects the Italian to be fit for the Dubai Carnival in March after he suffered a bad ankle injury at Nottingham on Wednesday.

The injury could not have come at a worse time for Dettori as he was due to ride one of the favourites, Treve, in Sunday's Arc.

"He has done a lot of soft tissue damage around the ankle," said Ulsterman Cochrane, the former Classic-winning jockey.

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