Ryan Moore (pink cap) got Sea Moon back up to beat DandinoPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Magnificent Moore works magic onMoon
Report: Goodwood, Saturday
Southern Daily Echo Tapster Stakes (Listed Race) 1m4f, 4yo+
JOCKEYS' championship leader Ryan Moore was the difference between victory and defeat for Sea Moon on his seasonal return, lifting the Khalid Abdullah-owned four-year-old home to win by a head from the consistent and persistent Dandino.
Forced to make his own running, Moore set a sedate pace at the head of the four-runner field. Yet despite having his own way in front, the raceconspired against Moore and Sea Moon.
As the four-runner field entered the straight Cill Rialaig moved upsides the 2-7 favourite and got last year's Breeders' Cup Turf runner-up racing far earlier than Moore would have liked.
However, Moore was masterful, nudging his mount into action to repel the challenge without asking for his effort. Then, as Cill Rialaig fell by the wayside, the strong-travelling Berling momentarily looked a threat before a sustained challenge from Dandino, under Hayley Turner, saw Moore have to rally his horse yet again.
Twice headed, Sea Moon reasserted close home in a powerful finish to overhaul Dandino close home. It was a wonderful ride by Moore, who excelled on one of Sir Michael Stoute's brightest hopes for the season ahead.
"He's just needed the workout," said Stoute. "We were ready to run at Chester andhad been hanging about a bit and he's got a bit buzzy. He's won and that's good. He's got a whole lot of entries and the Hardwicke [at Royal Ascot] will be his next engagement."