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Hayley Moore bids to emulate brothers by winning Derby

Hayley Moore: bids to improve the family's good Derby record
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7.45 Epsom
Ladies' Derby Handicap | 1m4f | 4yo+ | RUK

Hayley Moore heads to Epsom on Thursday hoping to achieve something even her illustrious brother Ryan has not done, nor indeed ever will do, by winning the Ladies' Derby.

Although Newbury also stages a Ladies' Derby next month, the Epsom version surely must rank as the real deal given the handicap is staged over the same course and distance as the world's most famous Flat race, won by Ryan Moore aboard Workforce and Ruler Of The World.

Moore's amateur rider sister, a successful broadcaster whose roles this year have included raceday presenting at Epsom's Investec Derby festival, partners Whinging Willie for father Gary and reckons she has obvious prospects of returning to the track's hallowed winner's circle.

"I think we have a very good chance," she said. "He was unlucky at Epsom last time when he was badly hampered. I also know the horse well and I've won on him. Last year's winner Tapis Libre looks the big danger but all the other ones I was most worried about weren't declared."

Moore added: "There is more prestige to this than most other ladies' races, purely because we only get the one chance each year to ride at Epsom, just like we only get the one chance to ride at Ascot. It's where the Derby is run and it's our Derby, so I would love to win it.

"Ryan has won the Derby and Jamie has won the jump jockeys' Derby, so it would be quite cool if I could win the Ladies' Derby, especially as I do some work at Epsom and with one more winner I lose my claim."

Unusually, there are three amateur riders' races programmed for Thursday, with events also being staged at Doncaster and Newbury.

"It is frustrating, especially as Newbury and Epsom are both southern tracks and we have runners in both races," said Moore.

"I didn't risk trying to do the two and I've also given up a presenting shift at Newmarket as I didn't want to risk the M25."

I've given up a presenting shift at Newmarket as I didn't want to risk the M25
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