Moore rounds off another brilliant Royal Ascot with sixth win of the week
Ryan Moore put the seal on a 10th Royal Ascot Leading Jockey title by lifting home Dawn Rising (2/1F) in the concluding Queen Alexandra Stakes.
The Joseph O’Brien-trained six-year-old was always close to the pace under Moore, who kicked for home off the final turn and his mount kept finding to repel the challenge of The Grand Visir by half a length.
Dawn Rising, who carries the colours of legendary owner JP McManus, becomes the 12th Irish-trained winner of the meeting and the sixth for his jockey, whose Royal Ascot total now stands at 79, two behind Frankie Dettori.
Moore said: “Joseph had Dawn Rising beautifully prepared for today. He has been jumping and won a Graded race over jumps during the winter, and today he got himself into a nice spot and I just gradually built along. It’s nice to finish the week with a winner.
“I hadn’t really asked him for everything and he was always finding plenty. Joseph’s horses can do that.”
Of Dettori, Moore said: “He’s still going to be around for a while yet, but I remember Frankie riding for my grandfather years ago. He’s the most beautiful rider you will ever see – if you want to build a jockey, that’s how you build one.
“He’s an unbelievable talent and he’s a tough boy as well. He’s always wanted to be at the top and he’s stayed there for 35 years – that takes some doing.”
O’Brien said: “It has been a wonderful week’s racing. It’s great to get a couple of winners, and it was a fantastic ride from Ryan.
“This horse is a dour stayer and that is what you need in a race like this. JP supports everyone in racing so well and it’s great to get a winner here in his colours.”
Ian Williams said of The Grand Visir: “I don’t think he can be any more admirable in defeat. He just tries and tries, and that is probably just about a little over five miles he has run this week. He has performed with credit on both occasions this week. He has served his owners and the yard so well and he is a credit to everyone.”
6.10pm Queen Alexandra Stakes
1 Dawn Rising (JP McManus) Joseph O’Brien IRE 6-9-04 Ryan Moore 2/1F
2 The Grand Visir (Andy Bell & Fergus Lyons) Ian Williams 9-9-04 Richard Kingscote 9/1
3 Run For Oscar (Top Of The Hill Syndicate) Charles Byrnes IRE 8-9-04 Jim Crowley 3/1
Joseph O’Brien – 3rd Royal Ascot winner
Ryan Moore – 79th Royal Ascot winner
Sectional times: https://royalascot2023.racenewslive.co.uk/sectional-times/