Moore Melbourne Cup Success for Best British Jockey?

English Jockey Ryan Moore rode PROTECTIONIST to victory in last year’s Melbourne Cup but he may ditch his defence with the German runner in favour of in-form overseas raider ORDER OF ST GEORGE.

Englishman Ryan Moore triumphed in the race that stops the nation last year, riding PROTECTIONIST to glory in the Melbourne Cup. Both horse and hoop will figure in the event again in 2015 but it’s looking less likely they’ll team up once more. 32 year old Moore is around 3/1 favourite with some UK bookmakers to ride Irish St Leger winner ORDER OF ST GEORGE, due to his employment with Coolmore.

Order of St George race

Moore’s Mounts

Other available Coolmore mounts for the Melbourne Cup include KINGFISHER and BONDI BEACH but ORDER OF ST GEORGE looks the most appealing option after its dominant display in the Group One Irish St Ledger a fortnight ago. The Aidan O’Brien trained stayer won the 14 Furlong (2800 metre) race by 11 lengths, having hit the front two furlongs from home. He’s now in quarantine ahead of Australia’s show piece event the money is coming for the foreign raider. He’s now $16 with Bet365 to win the 2 mile race. PROTECTIONIST is $21 to be repeat last year’s heroics. The German is weighted 4 kilograms heavier than ORDER OF ST GEORGE at 58kg. History is against the Kris Lees trained runner with only 4 horses in the past 50 years carrying more than 57kg to victory.

Ryan’s Recovered and Ready

Moore’s only just returned to racing after a recovering from a serious neck injury he suffered in a barrier accident in mid July. The 3 times British Jockey Champion is one of the best in the business and showcased his talents at Royal Ascot earlier this year. Moore broke the record for winners ridden at a Royal carnival after finishing first in 9 races. Moore had an amazing experience in Australia in 2014 taking out 2 of the top 3 races. He claimed the Cox Plate on ADELAIDE before winning the Cup. Whichever mount Moore’s on for this year’s race should get a great ride at Flemington.

The Melbourne Cup betting scene has the Japanese horse FAME GAME ($11) as the current favourite (at Bet365) ahead of the running of the race on the first Tuesday in November.