He's already had a winner at Glorious Goodwood, but Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore sets his sights on more victories for Thursday...
"She comes here in good form, too, having followed up her Haydock win with a career-best second at that track in the Lancashire Oaks last time when just inched out by Horseplay." - Ryan Moore on God Given
Highest-rated filly here
This race looks very winnable for a Group 2 and my mount, God Given, is actually the highest-rated filly in here on an official mark of 105. So she has an obvious chance. She comes here in good form, too, having followed up her Haydock win with a career-best second at that track in the Lancashire Oaks last time when just inched out by Horseplay.
Trip and ground should be fine - she finishes off her races well over 1m4f, so this extra 2f will hopefully be okay - and she should go close to winning, for all there are a few of these within hailing distance of her form-wise, including Flattering, and some progressive and lightly-raced sorts in here such as Pilaster.
Could be a stand-out
He is a typically progressive Aidan juvenile and he did what was expected of him over 5f at Tipperary last time. That form wasn't probably wasn't that far off his third in the Norfolk the time before. I have heard it said by a few people that maybe he was a bit disadvantaged by his track position at Ascot, but I don't think that was a factor. He was able to run his race, and he ran well.
The step back up to 6f clearly won't be a problem, for all that he has plenty of speed. This race may lack a stand-out but it has plenty of depth, so it will take a fair bit of winning.
To get back on track
To be honest, I have seen stronger Group 1s than this. That said, we have a 1,000 Guineas winner in Billesdon Brook in here, Urban Fox won the Pretty Polly, and Wild Illusion has also won in Group 1 company, too, so perhaps I am being a bit harsh. And I really like Veracious, as well, as I thought she ran a tremendous race when third in the Coronation Stakes on her return; she could be a tough nut to crack over 1m2f. We know how good my filly is though, and she is the one to beat if her on A-game.
She certainly wasn't in the Queen Anne last time when she ran very flat, but she is a three-time Group 1 winner who won the Lockinge in May and the Prix de l'Opera over this trip last season. At her best, she sets the standard for the others to aim at, but she has to put that Ascot run behind her.
Drawing a problem
She was bought at the Goffs London sale before Royal Ascot I see, and she has run a couple of decent races since joining Richard after her run in the Albany. Whether or not a mark of 84 is good or bad I don't really have a strong opinion on, and being drawn 18 of 19 obviously presents its own problems, too.
May need a bit more time
As is usually the case with any unraced 2yos I ride, I don't have a clue as to how good she is, or may be. Her pedigree suggests that she will need further in time, being by miler Charm Spirit out of a Galileo mare who won over 1m2f, but clearly 7f is a good starting point for her on debut.
Back to winning ways
His winning run came to end at Newmarket last time and he races off the same mark here, so perhaps that is as good as he is. However, you shouldn't rush to judgement after just one below-par run and his earlier victories give him fair claims here and the step back down to 5f, a trip over which he won at Newmarket in June, shouldn't be a problem.
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