The summer of high class racing continues this week with the excellent Glorious Goodwood Festival, and here with his thoughts on his day one rides is Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore...
"We know what a good horse he is on his day, and he relished the extended 1m5f when beating Danehill Kodiac in the Ormonde in May
Van Beethoven with a classic
This race is full of promising and potential improvers, but my colt has been there and done it in this grade. He beat the smart Marie's Diamond over 6f in the Railway Stakes, shaping as this 7f trip won't be any problem whatsoever, but the problem is that he picks up a 3lb penalty for that win. That was also the case when he disappointed in the July Stakes last time, but that clearly wasn't his true running.
If he returns to the Curragh form then he has a leading chance, but those penalties often catch you out in races like this and, I said, there are some useful-looking types in opposition here and Confiding did look pretty good when winning a Newbury novice that has worked out very well. But there are plenty of other dangers in here apart from him, not least York winner Dark Vision.
Spirit to revel in the competition
I never get into tactics here for obvious reasons, but Spirit Of Valor has gone forward in the past, so I suppose that is an option from his inside draw. But let's see what unfolds, shall we. He was drawn wide when finishing in midfield in this race last year but he is a very smart performer on his day, as he showed when winning his Group 2 at the Curragh last season and when second in the Jersey, both runs coming over this 7f trip. He has run well over 6f of late, though, and he could make his presence felt in an open and competitive renewal if getting the breaks.
Much to prove
Last year's winner Stradivarius is the obvious one to beat, but maybe he doesn't face as straightforward a task as the betting suggests. Torcedor was only a length behind him at Ascot and would have appreciated Sunday's rain, while you can make a case for others. Desert Skyline is obviously far better than he showed in the Gold Cup, Call To Mind is improving and his stablemate Dai Harraild could improve for the headgear.
My mount Idaho has something to prove here, not least because this is his first start at the trip. He also comes into the race after two lack-lustre runs over 1m4f on his last two outings, albeit in good company. But we know what a good horse he is on his day, and he relished the extended 1m5f when beating Danehill Kodiac in the Ormonde in May. And the level of ability that saw him win the Hardwicke last year and finish third in a King George puts him bang in the mix form-wise.
Starting point for Watan
I don't know much about him, but hopefully he will be decent if my agent has done his job. His pedigree tells you that 6f is probably very much a starting point for him, and he is a half-brother to a horse that made his debut over 1m2f for Andre Fabre and won over 1m6f last time. But Toronado should inject some speed, and he didn't too bad around Goodwood, either, and the stable has won this race a couple of times in recent years.
Good mark to improve on
It could have been a mixture of keenness and the 1m2f trip that saw her underperform slightly at Chelmsford last time. She had earlier run well with some give in the ground when making all at Haydock, showing a good attitude, and I think a mark of 88 looks okay on that form and she is obviously lightly raced. It's a wide-open handicap, though.
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