Ryan Moore vs James McDonald will be a highlight of Golden Slipper Day

Ryan Moore, the English famous person ranked by his friends because the world’s finest jockey, and his conflict with native hero James McDonald is shaping as much as be a sporting showdown for the ages at Saturday’s $5 million Longines Golden Slipper at Rosehill Gardens.

Moore has responded to an SOS from Coolmore Australia Colonel Tom Magnier to trip booming stallion Shinzo in opposition to Godolphin’s race favorites, Cylinder, McDonald’s Mount on the earth’s richest youth race.

Magnier likened the conflict between the 2 champion jockeys to a Grand Slam tennis remaining between the greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

“It was James McDonald and Ryan Moore on the world racing stage final yr,” stated Magnier.

“So, I believe we’ll have a Federer and Nadal-like day at Rosehill on Saturday. Would not it’s nice to see these two strive it on the straights.”


Moore solely arrived in Sydney on Wednesday night however was in Rosehill early Thursday morning to place Shinzo by his paces on the course correct.

“I believe Shinzo has an awesome angle, he is an enormous robust colt, a pleasure to trip,” stated Moore.

“I am certain the horse will come out and carry out properly, so we simply want a little bit of luck.”

Moore has ridden almost 3,000 winners worldwide, together with 168 at Group 1 degree, and is not any stranger to main racing success in Australia, having received the 2014 Cox Plate-Melbourne Cup double with Adelaide and Protectionist respectively and the 2019 Mackinnon Stakes with Magic Wand and the winner is .

The Englishman has additionally raced in two Golden Slippers, ending eighth at Odyssey Moon behind Vancouver in 2015, then properly again on Formality in She Will Reigns 2017 Slipper.

“I have been fortunate sufficient to compete on this race a few instances, thus far I’ve had no luck however I am actually trying ahead to it,” stated Moore.

“I’ve seen lots of races at Rosehill and lots of slippers so I believe I’ve a superb deal with on what we have to do.

“This is among the massive 4 races in Australia and it is nice to have a superb probability of slipping into the slipper. The horse has the expertise, he appears to be like excellent and now we have an opportunity.”

Shinzo’s coach Chris Waller stated it was vital for Moore to “get comfy” with the filly forward of the Golden Slipper.

“It is vital for Ryan to have faith within the horse, so we simply met all the standards,” Waller stated after the canter on the monitor.

“Ryan is among the world’s main drivers, if not the world’s main driver, so to have him here’s a privilege.”

Moore is definitely extra comfy on horseback than being interviewed and was actually shocked by the large press contingent at Rosehill.

“Ryan has raced everywhere in the world and he cannot consider the Sydney races are being lined,” stated Magnier.

“The construct up and enthusiasm for the Golden Slipper this week was second to none. It is all you consider if you fall asleep at night time and the very first thing you consider within the morning.”

Coolmore is a world racing powerhouse, however it has by no means received a Golden Boot. Magnier believes that is her finest shot at successful the race with Shinzo and undefeated filly Studying To Fly.

“I’ve all the time stated that the Golden Boot is the race we wish to win in 2023,” regrets Magnier.

“We play stallions and if the colt wins on Saturday, now we have a really, very properly bred stallion on our palms.

“But when the filly received Studying To Fly that might be nice for her sire Justify.

“We now have had a lot religion in Justify since we retired him as a stud canine and if she may win the Golden Boot the best moments of Dad’s (John Magnier) life can be over.”

Annabel Neasham-trained Studying To Fly is the second favourite at $7 and Shinzo has a $14 probability behind $3.50 favourite Cylinder for Saturday’s Golden Slipper.

“We’re very fortunate, now we have the most effective trainers, finest jockeys, finest horses and good attracts, so all the standards have been met thus far, however it’s very tough to win a Golden Boot,” stated Magnier.

“There aren’t many trophies on the earth the place you possibly can shut your eyes and picture that trophy, however the Golden Slipper is certainly one of them.

“We have received many races all over the world however the Golden Slipper eluded us, though I am very pleased with the hand we’re taking part in this yr.”

Initially launched as a conflict of champion jockeys Ryan Moore and James McDonald, it is going to be a spotlight of Golden Slipper Day