Moore eyes on Caravaggio & Churchill

Ryan Moore cannot wait to ride Caravaggio and Churchill this coming season.

The 33-year-old, widely regarded as the best flat jockey in the world, is the first choice mount for top trainer Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle operation.

That will give Moore the chance to be on both Caravaggio and Churchill – the derby favourite – this season.

“We don’t know what is going to be there just yet,” Moore told Ascot’s official website.

“Churchill is a very exciting colt which I think a lot of, where he goes I don’t know yet.

“Caravaggio won the Coventry Stakes last year, and Churchill won the Chesham Stakes so it would be nice to get those two back there.

“Maybe we can find a race for Minding too, she won a race at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, so they would be three that spring to mind.”


Whilst Moore wants to ride both, the brilliant pair could yet come up against each other at some stage.

We spoke to leading bloodstock agent and consultant Richard Knight, and he told “Caravaggio & Churchill are clearly two exceptional two-year-olds and I could see owners Coolmore racing them against each other so long as they are giving the right vibes in their home-work.

“It is this time of year when the three-year-old’s are just starting to do a little more in their work at home and Aiden O’Brien will be getting an idea of whether Caravaggio is a sprinter and not a miler and if Churchill is a Derby horse and not a Guineas horse.

“Looking at the ante-post market for the 2000 Guineas it appears that Churchill is shortening and Caravaggio drifting so I would think that is a good indication of what is going on inside Ballydoyle.

“Aiden O’Brien had indicated that Caravaggio might run in a prep race over 7f and it will be interesting if this continues to be the plan.”

Churchill is already clear favourite for the 2000 Guineas and The Derby – WilliamHill list him at 5/4 favourite and 5/1 favourite for the two races.

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