After an excellent win on Watan on Tuesday at Goodwood, Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore returns to fill us in on his six rides for Day two of the festival...
"He has definite chances off this mark, and on a course he goes well at. He handles quick and easy ground."
- Ryan Moore on Medahim
Rain gives Kloud a leading chance
He ran well when seventh in the Ascot Stakes and he stepped it up again when chasing home Stratum at Newbury last time. He went up 2lb for the latest run and is backing up pretty quickly here, which is always a concern, but I don't think the trip will be a problem on what we saw at Ascot and he has a leading chance, with Tuesday's rain not being an issue for him. I imagine that he bumped into a very good one at Newbury.
No Miracles needed to have a chance of victory
He probably didn't get the breaks at Royal Ascot but he made no mistake and left nothing to chance when going from the front at Haydock last time. The placed horses may have been beaten since, but I think that was pretty strong handicap form - and there has been a winner from the race - and a 7lb rise for a 3-length win is as good as could be expected. He has an obvious chance.
Speedy filly but we have plenty to find
She didn't run badly when fifth over 6f in the Anglesey last time, but you saw what a quick filly she is when she led for a long way there, and the step back to 5f on a downhill track will suit her better. She is very fast. She has plenty to find with the likes of Soldier's Call though, and the majority of these, in fact, and she could have probably done without the rain on Tuesday morning.
Ascot form gives Gustav a chance but Bank might be the one to Beat
He wasn't at his best when third in the Prix Jean Prat last time. He clearly didn't run badly but I don't think it was up to the level that saw him finish third in the Irish 2,000 Guineas or a good second to Without Parole at Ascot. You can clearly give him a chance here on that Ascot run.
Without Parole was a good winner there though and is a straightforward, likeable and improving horse, who could just get the run of the race. I think this could be messy and tactical. But I certainly don't think he is unbeatable by any means, and I don't believe the mile will be any problem for Expert Eye around here. He really was very impressive in the Jersey Stakes, when he finally recaptured the spark he showed in the Vintage Stakes here last year. I wouldn't underestimate him one bit.
I do have a lot of time for Beat The Bank as well, though. I rated him when I rode him to win his Group 3 here last year and I thought he won with a bit in hand at Ascot last time when edging out Lord Glitters and Suedois. He is the pick of the older horses for me, and the rain was a positive for him, and perhaps not for Without Parole. I imagine it will dry out pretty quickly, though.
Learning curve for well-related filly
I don't know anything about her work or how she is going at home. But she cost a lot as a yearling and is related to some smart horses. The distaff side of her pedigree suggests she will need a fair bit more than 6f in time, but then again she is by No Nay Never and he has already got some good, quick 2yos like Land Force.
Course lover has a chance off this mark
He has run well on all three starts at this track and he has dropped down a mark that allows him to get into this 0-95 handicap. He finished third over course and distance at this meeting last year and has been dropped 5lb after some slightly below-par efforts this season, although he has been running well enough in the main. And he looked a bit unlucky when fourth here in May. He has definite chances off this mark, and on a course he goes well at. He handles quick and easy ground.