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Moore ace bound for France after Goodwood near miss

Stan Moore could head to France with The Wizard Of Eye, having gone down fighting in the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood on Friday.

Stan Moore’s imposing three-year-old, sent off an unconsidered 40-1 chance, was beaten three-quarters of a length by German raider Rocchigiani on his first run following a 63-day break.

The Group Three Prix Daphne over a mile at Deauville on August 20 has been pencilled in for the huge son of Galileo Gold, following his strong showing under James Doyle at the West Sussex track.

Though he has won just one of his 10 career starts, The Wizard Of Eye has faced some stiff tests. He was seventh in the valuable Saudi Derby, was beaten three lengths in the Greenham and ran with credit in the 2000 Guineas, before a luckless run in the German equivalent.

Upper Lambourn handler Moore said: “It was a brilliant run on Friday. That will hopefully prove to people that his other runs weren’t a fluke.

“They keep underestimating him. He produced a great run in the Greenham against two dual Group One winners, it was a great run in the Saudi Derby and the horses around him in the 2000 Guineas have all done well. In the German Guineas he got wiped out at the start.

“He definitely has a big race in him. Hopefully his rating will go up and one of his main targets will be going back to Saudi again, because we know he goes on the dirt.

“He’ll have the strength and the power then. He is 17.2 hands and now he is strengthening up, we can train him properly for that. You couldn’t really get into him and train him as you’d want all the while he was a frame of a horse.”

Moore, who owns a quarter share in the colt, feels the best is yet to come, once he finishes filling his frame.

“I still think he won’t come into his own until next year, but there is a Group Three at Deauville on August 20. All being well, that is where he will go,” he added.

“His next race will most likely be in France somewhere. The way the weather is here, they have got a better chance of getting his ground there. I think he will be better with a bit of juice in the ground.

“We left him for two and a half months to strengthen up if he didn’t run for another two months it wouldn’t worry me, because he is going to be an absolute beast of a horse.

“The real aim would be to go to Saudi, if we were lucky enough to get an invite. That will be his main target – it is big bucks.”

Moore content to bide time until Leger with El Habeeb

Stan Moore will give El Habeeb plenty of time before bringing him to the boil for a crack at the St Leger following his eyecatching run in the Cazoo Derby.

El Habeeb was pitched into the colts’ Classic after finishing fifth of six on debut in a Listed 10-furlong Newmarket event last month.

Yet he outran his 250-1 odds under John Egan at Epsom, staying on nicely from the back of the field to take 10th place, silencing critics who felt he did not deserve a place in the line-up.

Typically understated, Moore said: “He ran nice. He will have a break now. He is still a big baby and has had two very good runs. He will go for a maiden and then he will be entered in the St Leger – that is his game-plan.

“You’d hope he will go on and do something in the Leger, but I think he proved at Epsom that he is a very nice horse and you would think he would have every chance at Doncaster.”

However, the Mohamed Khalid Abdulrahim-owned son of Al Rifai – a well-bred son of Galileo out of Canadian Grade One winner Lahaleeb – will not be seen again until the autumn, as the Upper Lambourn trainer plots a path that could include a lucrative winter campaign abroad.

“You would think he will naturally improve again for that run,” added Moore. “I think he will probably run three weeks before the Leger.

“He will go to the stud and have a nice break for sure. The sun on his back will do him good and he is a horse who is going to keep improving.

“He will probably do some of the Arab-state races in the winter, so that is why you wouldn’t be worrying too much about what happens here.”

Meanwhile, Moore is looking ahead to a potential outing at Royal Ascot with The Wizard Of Eye.

Moore has not lost faith in the strapping son of Galileo Gold, who could head to the Hampton Court Stakes.

“The Wizard Of Eye is entered in the mile-and-a-quarter race at Ascot on Thursday,” added Moore.

“He was probably slightly unlucky to be out of the frame in the German Guineas. He ran a really good race in the English Guineas. He wasn’t beaten overly-far and there were plenty of good horses within two lengths around him.

“You have to take into account he is nearly 17.2 (hands) and unfortunately you are on a fine line as to whether you get there or not, because whatever you think the horse is now, he is going to be a proper horse next year, because you can train him proper. He is a still a bit weak.

“Whether we go or not is still debatable. We might try to see what there is in August. We are not sure he will run, but he probably will.”

Liam Keniry insists 1,000th winner was worth the wait

Good things come to those who wait. Senior Flat jockey Liam Keniry had been stuck on 998 British winners since shattering his right leg at Ascot last July and after months of rehabilitation, he finally claimed his 1,000th victory at Wolverhampton on Tuesday evening.

Riding the Stan Moore-trained Havana Goldrush in the Play Coral Racing-Super-Series For Free Handicap over an extended mile, the popular 39-year-old achieved a major milestone.

And even then he had to be patient.

For Keniry had to survive a lengthy stewards’ enquiry following the two-runner affair, which ended with the 4-1 shot dead-heating with the Joe Fanning-ridden 1-6 favourite Golden Sands, after the pair came perilously close several times in a protracted battle up the straight.

“I’m delighted,” said Keniry. “It got a bit messy at the end, but it was well worth the wait.”

The Irishman, who lives in Hungerford, spent months visiting Oaksey House – a rehabilitation centre for jockeys at nearby Lambourn – before returning to race-riding in December.

“It was gutting at the time,” said the Irish rider. “I knew I was only two winners away when it happened and I was after having a few winners that week, so things were going well. Then the injury happened.

“It was a long road back, but I was very lucky to have Oaksey House, which I went to every day.

“They were very good and they looked after me. It was just one of those things where you have to grit your teeth and you have to get on with it, really.

“I had ridden 998 winners and actually rode my 1,000th on Tregony at Bath a couple of weeks prior to the injury, but that was counting a few winners back in Ireland, but it great to finally get that 1,000th British winner over the line.

“I’ve been back a few weeks and I had winner on my second day back on my third ride, but it has just been a bit frustrating the last few weeks.”

Keniry, who enjoyed his most prolific campaign when riding 90 winners in 2010, has ridden a handful of Group and Listed-race winners and has no thoughts of retiring just yet.

“I’ve had some good times in racing and have really enjoyed it,” he added. “As a 7lb claimer when I was really young, I rode a Royal Ascot winner, and that was very good, but it is a long time ago now.

“Winning the Cambridgeshire when I was quite young was also very good and I’ve had some nice winners along the way.

“I’m still enjoying it and I’ve just come back, so hopefully it will be just a case of riding winners and getting rides. As long as I get the rides and the winners, I will keep going – I doubt I will get to 2,000, though!”

Keniry has mainly ridden for Lambourn trainers Cox, Sylvester Kirk and Stan Moore in recent seasons and felt it fitting that he reached the milestone partnering Havana Goldrush.

“It was nice to do it on one of Stan’s,” added Keniry. “I’ve ridden for Stan since I first started riding. I’ve ridden a lot of winners for him and have always ridden out for him.

“He has always been a gentleman. So I was delighted to get the 1,000 and being aboard Stan’s horse made it that bit more special.”