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Ryan Moore Royal Ascot Day Three Rides: Kyprios the one to beat in Gold Cup

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Ryan has some big chances among his seven rides on Day 3 of Royal Ascot

Ryan Moore has some very strong chances among his seven booked rides on day three at Royal Ascot, perhaps none more so than on Kyprios in the Gold Cup...

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He has a great chance on the superstar and previous winner of the race Kyprios in the Ascot Gold Cup at 16:25 today, and if you fancy the horse to run well you can back it at the super-boosted price of 1/12.00 from 2/51.40 to finish in the top two today.

14:30 - Whistlejacket

We were obviously disappointed when he was beaten by Cowardofthecounty first time up but, dropped down to 5f last time, he showed us what we were expecting on his debut as he made all to beat the subsequent Marble Hill winner Arizona Blaze pretty easily. I was very impressed and, while you have to respect a fair few of these, I like to think I am on the best horse going into the race. He is a very exciting prospect.

15:05 - Chantilly

As with the Queen's Vase on Wednesday, we run four in here and they all have their chance at the weights. I ride Chantilly. He bumped into a very smart horse in the shape of King's Gambit in the London Gold Cup last time, and the fourth Persica, who also goes in here, came out and won well at Epsom, so I think a 2lb rise is fair enough. This will be the quickest ground he has encountered, but he should go well if he handles it. That Newbury form could be key, as the runner-up Poniros is also in here. This is a very competitive and deep handicap.

15:45 - Port Fairy

There is very little between our fillies in here; indeed they are rated the same on a mark of 97 and we are happy with both of them. They both have a bit to find here, though. Rubies Are Red's sights are lowered after taking in the Oaks after a promising run from off the pace at Lingfield, while Port Fairy comes here a fresher horse after a good second at Chester and she is tried in a first-time visor. I ride the latter, so hopefully I am on the right one, but they both need to improve, as I have said.

16:25 - Kyprios

The first thing to say is that you can make a case for several of these, but the second is that my horse is still the one to beat. Obvious, I know, but his 2022 form sets him apart from these and hopefully he is ready to return to his Group 1-winning best after winning his warm-up races, from stablemate Queenstown, at Navan and Leopardstown. Winner of this race in 2022, when he won four Group 1s on the spin, we are very happy with him coming into this.

17:05 - Air Commander

He will clearly need to step up on his third at Naas last time, but I do think he is probably better than his mark of 90. He has to go and show it in the deepest race he has been in, but hopefully the Kingman colt can give a good account of himself in a first-time visor.

17:40 - Portland

King's Gambit well be the one to beat in here, as he was so impressive at Newbury, but the ratings tell you this is pretty open. My horse Portland is up there on the figures and he showed a good attitude to win for me over 1m4f at Leopardstown recently. The step down in trip should be okay, as he had fair form over a mile earlier in the season. It's a very open race, though.

18:15 - Divine Libra

I haven't ridden him before but he certainly comes in here in good form, following up his Chester win with a close third at Newmarket last time. He is going the right way and it is just a matter of whether the handicapper has him now.

Timeform Verdict on Day Three

14:30 - Ascot: Whistlejacket

Ryan Moore can look forward to riding favourite Kyprios, who's bidding to win the Gold Cup for a second time, but before then he can get his afternoon off to a winning start on clear form pick Whistlejacket in the Norfolk Stakes (14:30).

The Ballydoyle two-year-old is a brother to Little Big Bear who was a Royal Ascot winner himself in the Windsor Castle Stakes and Whistlejacket has shown much of that colt's speed, finding Cowardofthecounty too strong on his Curragh debut over six furlongs but then making all to beat subsequent Group 3 winner Arizona Blaze, who reopposes here, in a listed race over five at the same course.

That was the best performance by a two-year-old before Royal Ascot this season and he is 9lb clear of his rivals here on Timeform ratings.

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