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York: High five for Ryan

By Nick Robson

Ryan Moore warmed up for Royal Ascot in the best possible style by riding a 687-1 five-timer at York.

The three-times champion jockey will be the envy of just about everybody else in Berkshire this week as he rides the best of Aidan O'Brien's and Sir Michael Stoute's horses.

Moore kept his hot streak going yesterday at a rain-soaked Salisbury, bagging a double.

It was Stoute who provided him with three of his York scorers, the most significant of which was |4-6 favourite Sea Moon in the Give Generously To Macmillan Handicap.

Bookies were impressed enough to cut Sea Moon to 10-1 for the St Leger at Doncaster on September 10.

“He's been off a long time and was a bit slow getting going. He was slow out of the stalls and the pace wasn't that strong,” said Moore of the winner, who is related to Leger winner Brian Boru and Derby hero Workforce.

“It took a while for the penny to drop — he hasn't really had a race before and we just ground it out.

“He's got potential, but still has a fair way to go.”

Workforce's galloping companion Confront (8-1) had earlier won the Ladbrokes.com Stakes on his first appearance in a handicap for over two years.

Stoute then completed his own treble at the meeting when Entitled (9-2) won the Charles Henry Memorial Handicap under a brilliant Moore effort as he collared favourite Collect Art in the shadow of the post.

Moore also shone on David Elsworth's Swiss Spirit (4-6 favourite) who won the Reg Griffin Appreciation EBF Maiden despite running keen through the early stages.

And he was seen to even better effect on Richard Hannon's My Son Max (4-1) in the York Race Committee Classified Stakes.

When asked if he had ridden five winners on the same card before, Moore replied: “I can't remember, maybe not at the same meeting.”

Inxile picked up another decent pot for ‘sprint king' Dandy Nicholls with a customary all-the-way success in the Galtee Midsummer Sprint Stakes at Cork yesterday.

Ridden by the North Yorkshire trainer's son Adrian, the six-year-old pinged the stalls from his favoured far side draw and was soon in command.

The evens favourite was always going too well for the opposition and kept on strongly to beat fellow British raider Liberty Lady by three-quarters of a length. Oor Jock was third.

Tiddliwinks, the third British raider, finished towards the rear after losing all chance when his saddle slipped about a furlong out.

Nicholls senior said: “He'll have next weekend off and go to the Curragh for the Group Three Sapphire Stakes on Irish Derby day.

“Then he'll go for the Nunthorpe Stakes and the Prix de l'Abbaye.

“He's a tough horse and we decided to give Ascot a skip and we have got two wins as a result of that.

“Adrian gave him a great ride as he can be keen, but he locked him away in front.

“He only has two speeds — zero and flat out! He also has to be led down early.”

At Roscommon, Caledon trainer Andrew Oliver won the EBF Median Auction Maiden with Sportsmaster.

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