MOORE THE MERRIER; Superstar jockey answers call as Tapestry gets green light for Arc.
Byline: DAVID YATES
RYAN MOORE has been handed a shock plum ride in Sunday's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
And his mount at Longchamp is the only horse to have beaten big-race favourite Taghrooda - the Aidan O'Brientrained filly Tapestry.
It was widely believed Europe's top jockey would be left to watch the Arc in the Paris track's weighing room.
But Tapestry, brilliantly ridden by Moore to inflict a first career defeat on Taghrooda in the Yorkshire Oaks in August, will be supplemented for the Arc at a cost of PS93,000.
And Moore, who triumphed at Longchamp aboard Workforce four years ago, has been snapped up to partner the daughter of Galileo.
Tapestry beat just one home when ninth to Fiesolana in the Group 1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend last month.
But a source close to O'Brien's (above) all-conquering Ballydoyle stable said last night: "The Matron is over a mile, but Tapestry is a different horse altogether over a mile and a half.
"She had no luck when her saddle slipped in the Irish Oaks, but still nearly won - and anyone who thinks her win over Taghrooda at York was a fluke could be in for a shock."
As Shamkala was yesterday the only defection from the Arc field - currently 19 strong - Frankie Dettori was confirmed to ride Tapestry's stablemate Ruler Of The World.
The Italian, who has three Arc triumphs on his CV, rode the 2013 Derby hero when he returned to winning form in the Prix Foy at Longchamp 18 days ago.
"It's fantastic that Frankie is on board," said Harry Herbert, racing manager to the colt's part-owners - and Dettori's bosses - Al Shaqab racing. "We are looking forward to a big run."
William Hill: 9-2 Taghrooda, 6 Ectot, Harp Star, 7 Avenir Certain, Just A Way, 8 Gold Ship, 10 Treve, 14 Tapestry, 16 Ivanhowe, Kingston Hill, Ruler Of The World, 33 bar.
RYAN MIGHTY Ryan Moore drives Tapestry to a shock success in the Yorkshire Oaks