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Workforce Triumphant at Sandown

WORKFORCE confirmed himself in rude health when scything down the front-running Poet in the Brigadier Gerard to register victory on his first start as a four-year-old.

Switching to the stands' side rail, jockey Ryan Moore had to get after last year's Investec Derbyand Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner as 16-1 chance Poet proved game out in front.


Despite giving his rivals 7lb and reported to be in need of a run, Workforce, sent off the even-money favourite, had too much class over a trip slightly shorter than ideal and won by a cosy length, with a further 11 lengths back to Jan Vermeer in third.

William Hill trimmed Workforce to 9-4 (from 5-2) for the King George and 4-1 (from 9-2) for a second Arc success.
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Ryan Moore has been Sir Michael Stoute's stable jockey for a long time now. But with the defection of Johnny Murtagh as Ballydoyle's stable jockey this year, Aidan O'Brien has been using Ryan Moore as much as possible on his best horses in major stakes races. Provided that Sir Michale Stoute doesn't have horse entered in the race, too. Moore has ridden the Australian superstar, So You Think, in both of his first two European races since he was transfered to Ballydoyle in Ireland from Bart Cummings stable in Australia. So You Think has won both the G3 Mooresbride Stakes and G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup in Ireland impressively. With Ryan Moore having ridden him in both races. At the end of yesterday's G3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown, where Workforce had defeated a very deep field, Moore was interviewed by RacingUK. He was asked, "you've ridden So You Think and Workforce, which do you prefer"? Moore smiled, refused to comment, patted the RacingUK announcer on the shoulder 2 or 3 times, and walked away. If Moore really believed that Workforce was the better horse of those two after winning the Brigadier Gerard Stakes? Why wouldn't he have said so for the record? Since he rides primarily for Sir Michael Stoute anyway. The problem is, I just didn't get the impression from the short interview that Moore really believed that Workforce was a better horse than So You Think?

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