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Work of a lifetime for Moor as he lands birthday group 1 winner

All good things come to those who wait, and when you have waited as long as Daniel Moor to land a group 1 winner in your home country, then the feeling is very good indeed.

When you do it on your 38th birthday, then it is extra special – as Moor, who swooped fast and late aboard Sierra Sue to win the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday, admitted.

Sierra Sue, with Daniel Moor in the saddle, wins the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield.

Sierra Sue, with Daniel Moor in the saddle, wins the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield.Credit:Racing Photos

“It’s just a life’s work. I rode a group 1 in Mauritius, and it’s pretty easy to forget about those. It’s been a life’s work here,” he said.

“You watch people win good races and they get emotional, you think ‘bloody hell they’re softies’ but it hit me a bit there. She dug in deep for me, I’m just so proud of the mare,” he said, after defeating Dice Roll and the fast-finishing I’m Thunderstruck.

“The stable [winning training partners Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young] have put faith in me and stuck by me. The Freedmans put me on the map, but I was playing second and third fiddle to jockeys all the time. This ownership [a group headed by Melbourne based Ozzie Kheir] I’ve ridden winners for them but never been able to deliver a big one for them.”

Daniel Moor returns to the mounting yard on Sierra Sue.

Daniel Moor returns to the mounting yard on Sierra Sue.Credit:Racing Photos

His has been a journeyman’s career and his prospects were not helped by his cocksure attitude as a youngster, he has admitted in the past.

It meant that he did not get the chances he felt his ability deserved but in a roundabout way it has made him the respected professional he is now. The penny dropped and he knew that if he did not knuckle down he would not have a future.

The Warrnambool-born jockey rode in Malaysia and Mauritius before a spell in Singapore, where he teamed up with Lee Freedman.

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