By Press Release (Paulick Report)

Ryan Moore Crowned Leading Rider at Royal Ascot for Eighth of Past Nine Seasons

Ryan More rode a Saturday double to leapfrog old rival Frankie Dettori in the race to finish top rider at Royal Ascot 2018 and receive the QIPCO Leading Jockey Award.

Moore enjoyed a short head victory aboard Merchant Navy in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes and also partnered Crystal Ocean to success in the G2 Hardwicke Stakes.

That left him on a tally of five winners for the Meeting, one more than Dettori who drew a blank on the fifth day.

Underlining his enduring prowess in the saddle, this was the eighth time in nine seasons that he has landed the QIPCO Royal Ascot Leading Jockey Award.

Moore, who has now ridden 53 Royal Ascot winners, said after being presented with his award: “It was great to end the week with Merchant Navy winning today. That was an important race for an important horse.

“He has done well to come from the other side of the world and beat horses from all over the place again. So I was very happy with him and he would be the highlight of the week for me.

“Sir Michael has had a great week – he had four winners and a couple of good ones. Crystal Ocean is an improving horse and he’s got better and better.

“To get to 50 winners at Royal Ascot this week was great.”

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