Moore could be back at weekend; Moore back on the gallops as speculation mounts over return.
CONNECTIONS deprived of the brilliance of Ryan Moore since July may be able to welcome back the three-time champion as soon as this weekend after he rode out on the gallops yesterday.
Moore, who was riding work at Newmarket for the first time since being sidelined by a neck injury, looked as if he had never been away when putting Sun Chariot hope Integral through her paces on Racecourse Side for trainer Sir Michael Stoute.
The 32-year-old, hurt in a stalls incident at Newmarket's July meeting, rode out first and second lot and later put stablemate Thetis through her paces in preparation for the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket tomorrow.
Thetis would appear to be the mount of Moore's friend Pat Dobbs along with two other possible Stoute rides on the card, including Cannock Chase, the likely favourite for the Listed Godolphin Stakes.
But a possible return mount could be Abseil in the Betfred Cambridgeshire while Moore, may also have an array of VVCONTINUES page 5 POSITIVE REACTION TO RIGHTS DEAL STORY, PAGE 7 VVFROM front page Ballydoyle entries to pick from in the two Group 1s on Saturday's card.
Ted Durcan, who rode work with Moore yesterday morning, said: "Ryan told me he's in A1 nick. I don't know when he'll be coming back but he looks pretty fit."
Chris Richardson, racing manager to the Cheveley Park Stud, owners of Integral, said: "If Ryan's back I hope he'd be riding [in the Sun Chariot on October 3], but that's in the hands of Ryan and his doctors.
"All being well Integral will run. That's been the plan for a while, but she spread a plate before the Lockinge at Newbury and we've had one or two foot issues as a result of that, which needed resolving."
A day later Moore could be reunited with Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up Found in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, for which the Aidan O'Brien-trained runner is as short as 12-1. Looking further ahead to Moore's potential portfolio of rides this autumn, connections of last year's Emirates Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist confirmed the mount in this year's race again remains open to the 32-year-old, while there is the possibility of the rider appearing at the Breeders' Cup days before the Flemington showpiece.
Whenever he returns, Moore, who joined forces with Stoute for a spot of commentating on the Rowley Mile at the weekend, will not be riding Snow Sky in his Melbourne Cup warm-up, with Damien Oliver having already been snapped up.
The Royal Ascot winner will leave for Australia today where his first intended engagement is the Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup on October 17, for which he was given an opening quote of 20-1 by Paddy Power.
Stoute said: "Snow Sky will fly out of Heathrow on Thursday and if everything goes to plan on arrival he'll run in the Caulfield Cup."
FOUR days after his low-key commentating debut on the Rowley Mile, Ryan Moore made a similarly understated return to the Newmarket gallops yesterday morning to pave the way for a significantly higher-profile return to action.
The three-time champion jockey did not look as if he had been sidelined for two and a half months when riding three lots, starting with Sir Michael Stoute's Sun Chariot Stakes hope Integral on Racecourse Side.
the Group contest on October The five-year-old is on course for back-to-back wins in 1 3 and gave her rider something to look forward to when leaving her lead horse trailing somewhere in Cambridgeshire.
Moore then crossed town to join Stoute and his assistant James Horton on Long Hill to ride tomorrow's Rockfel Stakes runner Thetis over four furlongs on the grass gallop.
After that it was off for breakfast at Stoute's Harlech House where, as he moves towards peak fitness, Moore may well have had to forgo the usual smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
At around 8.15am, Moore then had a more stringent workout when he partnered two-year-old Stargazer on the Al Bahathri and dispensed with one of the two jackets he was wearing on a not particularly chilly morning.
Moore can expect more of the same at Stoute's next work morning on Saturday, and hopefully the next time he is on the Rowley Mile he will be talking into someone else's microphone after riding a winner.
Ryan Moore: on board Integral yesterday