Bowman Fortunate Ryan Moore Rides Mostly Overseas
Hugh Bowman has won 16 Group 1 races for the calendar year. It may be tempting to say, “Oh, yeah. The bloke that rides Winx.”
Winx, however, has provided Bowman with just six of the Group 1 wins and it could be said that she is responsible for Bowman receiving plenty of offers for quality rides, but at some point, it is necessary to give credit where credit is due.
We are, however, not here to praise or bury Bowman, because we want to give a nod to another jockey that has topped Bowman in 2017, a chap known as Ryan Moore.
He recently lifted Gold Dream over the line to win the Champions Cup (1800 m) in Japan and did so on a horse that jumped at $13.
It was the seventh time Moore has won a Group 1 in Japan. Gold Dream is a four-year-old colt that seems to be coming into his own, with five wins and three placings in nine starts, but he has quite a ways to go before you can draw comparisons with Sydney’s super mare.
Again, we strayed from out topic, Ryan Moore, but we hope to make up for it in the words ahead.
Moore is from Great Britain and at 34 years of age, he took his first ride seven years ago, so it is fair to say he was late to the game.
Our best sources indicate that he has only taken 567 rides, which works out to just over 80 per year, so to win 21 Group 1s in one calendar year is definite head-scratching material.
He has 18 races in Australia, for three wins, two seconds and three thirds, but of the three wins, one was the 2014 Melbourne Cup aboard Protectionist and he won the Cox Platte that same year on Adelaide.
Most of his riding is done for Aidan O’Brien, but he has taken eight rides for Chris Waller and another eight for David Hayes.