Ryan Moore said horse racing in Hong Kong was the most competitive and best horse racing in the world after winning the Longines World’s Best Jockey Award at a ceremony on December 8.
Moore won the inaugural title in 2014 and was awarded the award for the fourth time in his career as leading riders from around the world gathered in Hong Kong ahead of Sunday’s star-studded international meeting in Sha Tin.
The 40-year-old had his Derby (G1) win spot on. Auguste Rodin He said it was the highlight of the past 12 months and his greatest joy was competing against the best on the world stage.
Auguste Rodin and Ryan Moore win the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita Park.
“I always wanted to ride the best horses, and the best horses run in the best races,” Moore said. “I think it means so much more to be able to ride a bike around the world and compete against everyone else.
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“Hong Kong has probably driven Hong Kong more than anyone else: overseas travel and horse racing. The world has gotten smaller and it’s gotten easier. As that happened, I kind of fell into it.”
The World’s Best Jockey title is based on performance in 100 of the highest rated Group 1 and Grade 1 races, with Moore winning eight of the races listed.
At a press conference, he praised the way the horse racing industry is run in Hong Kong and recalled the great impression his first trip made on him at the age of 18.
“I think Hong Kong is probably the most competitive race in the world,” said Moore, who will be competing in the race. Luxembourg , warm heart , Cairo and aesop’s fables at the international race on Sunday.
“Every race is very difficult to win here. The jockeys are great and the way the (Hong Kong Jockey) Club races can’t be of a higher standard. They race as well as anyone can race. There’s a lot to learn from doing that.”Then. “
He added: “The first time I came here was when I was 18 years old and I was riding horses and preparing them for sale. The hustle and bustle around the parade ring when I went to the races, and the crowds before the races when Douglas… I remember yelling something at (White),” he added. thing.
“I always thought this place in Shatin was tough and competitive and the horse would win at any price and you never really know what’s going to happen.
“I remember going to ‘The Valley’ one night and John Egan rode a winning horse that came up the fence from the back. It was a special course to go and see as a kid. Under the lights, it’s a unique place. Happy Valley is probably as good a place as you can take people to race.”
Jockey Moore paid tribute to the Ballydoyle and Coolmore teams as he accepted the trophy and Longines watch, and is already looking forward to next season when the two-year-old champion will be crowned. city of troy He will be part of Aidan O’Brien’s strong team.
“I’m very blessed with the people I ride with,” he said. “It’s just a great team and I’m so grateful for the support I’ve gotten from Coolmore and Ballydoyle. Realistically, I wouldn’t be here without their help, because it’s all about teamwork. I just do the last little bit.’
He added: “City of Troy has done things unlike any other horse since the first day I rode him. I have a lot of confidence in him, but he still needs to come out and get it done. “I don’t like hype, but I believe in him,” he added. I think he’s a very special person and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do.”