Horse racing is in the Moore family’s blood, so it was no surprise when Ryan eventually followed his father, former jump jockey and trainer Gary, and grandfather Charlie, a well-known Flat-racing trainer, into the sport after dabbling with football.
However, it is not over the jumps that Ryan has excelled but on the Flat, being crowned Champion Jockey three times – in 2006, 2008 and 2009 – as well as notching a host of major victories in the UK and abroad, including many Classics.
Moore, born in Sussex on September 18, 1983, did not take long to make his mark once he decided that football at Brighton wasn’t for him, chalking up victories from as young as 16 and for his grandfather before he died in 2000.
But it was in 2003 that Moore really came to the fore when he was named British Flat Racing's Champion Apprentice and the Apprentice Jockey of the Year, having clocked his first big win the year before in the Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket.
The Englishman emphasised his promise in 2004, when he chalked up 100 winners – including his maiden Group 2 and 3 successes (respectively the Mill Reef Stakes and the Prestige Stakes) – and pocketed £1million in prize money for the first time, and he has achieved a stream of victories since then.
They have numbered four Breeders’ Cup Turf triumphs and three 1000 Guineas wins, plus doubles in the Epsom Derby and Oaks, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the St Leger Stakes and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He has also won the Japan Cup and the Melbourne Cup once each.
Many of these victories have come in partnership with Ballydoyle master trainer Aidan O’Brien, who has used Moore as his retained rider since 2015.