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Ryan Moore to partner Japanese raider in Golden Shaheen

Updated: Monday, 25 Mar 2013 16:06 | Comments

Ryan Moore's mount Taisei Legend is a best-price 33-1 for the Golden Shaheen
Ryan Moore's mount Taisei Legend is a best-price 33-1 for the Golden Shaheen

Ryan Moore is expected to put versatile Japanese raider Taisei Legend through his paces later this week ahead of a tilt at the Dubai Golden Shaheen.

An outsider for the six-furlong dash, the six-year-old has been out of form in his couple of starts this year but won a valuable Japanese local-level Grade One at Kawasaki over seven furlongs last November.

It will be the first time he has been ridden by Moore, who has been a regular visitor to the Far East.

Trainer Yoshito Yahagi said: "He is very settled in the quarantine stable, and he is like a lead-horse for the Team Japan.

"He can adjust to new surroundings very quickly as he has travelled to eight different racecourses plus some other racecourses as well in Japan.

"There was no hitch about the trip to Dubai. I think it was the easiest trip that I have ever had.

"He will gallop on Wednesday, and jockey Ryan Moore will probably ride him on Friday."

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Three of those are Irish, headed by Tom Hogan's progressive Gordon Lord Byron, who will be ridden by William Buick.

The Aidan O'Brien runner Reply (Joseph O'Brien) and Eddie Lynam's consistent Balmont Mast for Johnny Murtagh will also run.

Jimmy Fortune gets a nice spare for the suspended James Doyle aboard UAE runner United Color.

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