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Ryan Moore still undecided on his Derby ride for Epsom next week

Aidan O’Brien’s first choice jockey, enjoying a double at Brighton, said no decision is likely on his Classic mount till Thursday

Ryan Moore returned to his home-town track for the first time in two years on Friday, and it was as if he had never been away. The best jockey in the business grew up in his father Gary’s racing stable across the road from the racecourse, and honed his natural talent around its demanding twists and turns. He may be a rare visitor to the course these days, but the lessons learned have not been forgotten.

Monks Stand, Moore’s ride in the opening novice stakes, was the 2-5 favourite but fell out of the stalls and then needed some encouragement to stay in touch as the field started to the steep descent to the two-furlong marker. His jockey then decided to switch left and challenge between horses, giving Monks Stand no chance to think twice. With the decisive manoeuvre complete, the favourite stayed on well to give Moore his fifth winner from just a dozen rides here over the last five years.

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