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Moore to step up Ballydoyle rides

Aidan O'Brien has confirmed Ryan Moore will ride more for Ballydoyle this year than he has in previous seasons.

The multiple champion trainer revealed on Friday his son Joseph was "a little heavy" to resume Flat racing duties at the start of the season and as a result, Moore jetted back from Dubai to ride for O'Brien at the Curragh on Sunday.

While the Ballydoyle handler confirmed Joseph will return to ride on the level, after having his first ride over jumps on Sunday's card at Limerick, he admits his weight is becoming an increasingly difficult problem and Moore looks set to be used on a more regular basis.

"We've a good relationship with Ryan and we always have. We used Ryan more last year than we did the year before and hopefully it will be that way again this year - we'll use him more this year than we did last year," O'Brien told At The Races.

"We're delighted Ryan is there and he is riding for us."

O'Brien junior, meanwhile, is set to return to Flat racing at Dundalk on Wednesday, but his father is unsure how long he can go on battling his weight.

He said: "Obviously nine stone has been a problem for the last two seasons and last year it was a big problem. This year he's heavier than he was this time last year.

"He'll go gently and we'll see what will happen. There's no doubt he'll come back down to the Flat gently and how far down he'll go, we'll wait and see. The Guineas is only just over a month away, so we'll play it by ear for the moment.

"It's fun and enjoyment for Joseph (riding over jumps) and he loves doing it. I suppose it was me that was keeping him away all the time really. "

O'Brien jnr finished down the field on his first appearance over jumps at Limerick on the JP McManus-owned Egyptian Warrior in the Family Fun Day Rated Novice Hurdle. His mount jumped neatly and travelled well for a long way, but was a well-beaten fifth.

On returning, the jockey said: "It was different, but I enjoyed it. He popped away although the ground was a bit slow for him.

"I'll be back at Dundalk on Wednesday and af ter that I might ride over jumps whenever we have a few runners. I will be back riding again on the Flat."

He then left for the Curragh to ride some of the Ballydoyle top-notchers in their work after racing, including 2000 Guineas favourite Gleneagles.

The race itself was a thriller as long-time leader Velocity Boy seemed to have it in the bag when the challenging Baie Des Iles fell two out, but tied up dramatically on the run-in and was caught by Rogue Trader in a dead-heat finish.


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