Ryan Moore, a top price 5/4 with Betway to be crowned leading jockey at the five-day Glorious Goodwood that starts on Tuesday, has been confirmed as the rider of Paul D’Arcy’s well fancied Spring Loaded in the £250,000 Unibet Stewards’ Cup Handicap at the Sussex track on Saturday.
Moore has five rides booked on the first day of the fixture, including partnering Idaho(10/1 with William Hill) for his guv’nor Aidan O’Brien in the feature Group 1 Qatar Goodwood Cup (3.00), where he will bid to lower the colours of the horse who for many punters is their banker of the week, Ascot Gold Cup hero and defending Goodwood Cup winner Stradivarius (8/13 with Paddy Power). Stardivarius’ rider, Andrea Atzeni is a 4/1 shot with Bet365 to beat Moore to the top spot. James Doyle divides the pair in the betting at present at 7/2 with Betfred.
The former champion jockey already has six mounts on Wednesday, including O’Brien’s Gustav Klimt (8/1 with Coral) in the feature Group 1 Qatar Sussex Stakes, for which John Gosden’s unbeaten Without Parole (7/4 with Bet365) is the clear market leader and is another well fancied Atzeni mount.
No July Cup ride on Harry Angel for Adam Kirby today but he's won the opener at Ascot in decisive style aboard Spring Loaded. pic.twitter.com/Fs03ur9VNE
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News that Moore will take the reins on Spring Loaded in the Stewards Cup’, one of the hottest betting races of the season, prompted the recent Ascot heritage handicap winner to be trimmed two points to a top-priced 10/1 with 888sport. Last season’s Doncaster Portland Handicap winner is now clear favourite or joint-favourite with many firms for the 28-runner cavalry charge.
His recent Ascot success came over the minimum trip of five furlongs, but the gelded son of Zebedee – a winner of 11 of hsi 36 races – is equally adept at six furlongs. Of more concern is the 6lb penalty he incurred for that win that takes him to a career high mark in a race where every pound counts. The other market principal is Brian Meehan’s Wokingham Handicap hero Bacchus, set to shoulder the hefty burden of 9st 10lb under Jim Crowley.
Written by Paul Alster
Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.