Ryan Moore Profile

Name Ryan Moore
Born Sep 18, 1987
Age 35 years
Birthplace Brighton
Height 5ft 7ins

Ryan Moore has forged a legacy as one of Britain's greatest jockeys, winning some of the most prestigious races in British, European and international racing.

Ryan Moore was born in Brighton and despite his family being steeped in horse racing, as a youngster, he wanted to be a footballer. He even had trials with local club, Brighton and Hove Albion.

He took up racing at the age of 16, skipping his A-levels to concentrate on his new career.

In the bloodline

Ryan Moore is the son of Gary L. Moore, a successful trainer and former National Hunt jockey with over 200 career race wins to his name.

Champion National Hunt jockey AP McCoy rode for Gary Moore when in his teens, with a 12-year-old Ryan being particularly impressed by his determination and dedication.

Ryan's two brothers, Jamie and Joshua, are both jump jockeys. He also has a sister, Hayley, who is a top amatuer jockey.

His grandfather is trainer Charlie Moore, who was well-known in the British horse racing scene and lived just down the road from Brighton Racecourse.

Early career

Moore started racing for his grandfather and won a number of races for him before he passed away in 2000. It was these wins which set his career path.

His father then sent him to be mentored by Richard Hannon, a trainer with over 4,000 career wins, including 32 Royal Ascot winners in his career. Moore would race for Hannon until his retirement in 2013.

Hannon gave him the training and experience he needed, and by the end of his first full season, he had won the Cesarewitch Handicap and had also picked up Group race experience. However, it's important to note that his Cesarewitch Handicap victory in 2002 was for a different trainer, Martin Pipe.

In 2003, despite having a poor strike rate and not picking up any major victories, he did enough to win the British Flat Racing Champion Apprentice title.

However, 2004 was his breakout year as he raced his 100th winner and topped £1million in prize money for the first time.

In August, he won his first Group race, the Group Three Prestige Stakes at Goodwood. A month later, he won the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury, his first Group Two victory.

Riding with Sir Michael Stoute

Moore started to race increasingly for Sir Michael Stoute and it was under Stoute that he claimed his first Group One victory, the Juddmonte International at York in August 2006 aboard Notnowcato.

He also won his first of three British Flat Racing Champion Jockey awards in 2006, a feat for which he was initially priced at 8/1, which Moore himself thought was too short.

In 2007, he started to pick up more winners with Stoute than Hannon including on Notnowcato, who he guided to victory in both the Tattersalls Gold Cup in Ireland and the Eclipse.

His efforts in 2007 earned him an offer as Stoute's stable jockey.

Due to a broken arm from a fall, Moore was unable to retain his Champion Jockey title, but he still finished third in the standings after a strong finish to the season. Had he not had three months out injured, he would likely have defended his crown successfully.

Moore was in the prime of his career and won the Champion Jockey title in both 2008 and 2009.

In the US, he won the Breeders' Cup Turf in both seasons, while his biggest British achievement was winning the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2009 on Conduit for Stoute.

He followed that up with a win at the 2010 Epsom Derby in a course record time, then topped off the year with a victory at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in France.

Both of these wins came on Workforce, while he also won the Epsom Oaks in the same season.

He started racing for a number of celebrity owners in 2011, including horses owned by members of the Manchester United team.

Moore also took the reins of the Queen's Carlton House, picking up victory in the Dante Stakes at York and coming third in the Derby.

Reaching legend status

Ryan Moore at Newmarket Racecourse in 2019

From November 2011, there were rumours that Aidan O'Brien was looking to make Moore the stable jockey at his Ballydoyle stable in County Tipperary, but Moore didn't want to relocate his family from Newmarket.

The compromise was that Moore could remain living in England but ride for O'Brien in the major Irish races, with O'Brien giving the main rider role to his son Joseph.

At the time, O'Brien had multiple runners and this enabled Moore to pick up further big victories. These included the 2012 1000 Guineas on Homecoming Queen and the 2013 Derby on Ruler Of The World.

He finished second in the jockeys' championship in both 2013 and 2014, after a fourth-place finish in 2012.

In 2015, as Joseph was struggling to meet the weight to ride in the major races due to his six-foot height, Moore and O'Brien came to an arrangement where Ryan would race Ballydoyle's runners in the Classics and other important races.

By the close of 2017, Ryan Moore had secured his place as one of Britain's top jockeys.

He had won over 2,000 races in his career, the third highest of all active jockeys after Frankie Dettori and Joe Fanning, who had both been racing for 10 years longer than he had.

Personal life

Despite all his success and being in the spotlight on the courses, Ryan has kept his personal life close to his chest.

What is known is that he is married to Michelle Saunders, with the couple having four children.

Moore has over 2,000 career wins, so his career earnings have stacked up over the years.

He holds the distinction of being the only rider in Britain to break the £8million barrier for domestic winnings in a single season, which he achieved in 2016.

Net worth

Ryan Moore's net worth is believed to be £11million.

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