Ryan Moore at Glorious Goodwood: The views on my five Saturday rides
It's been a superb Glorious Goodwood festival so far for Ryan Moore and he looks to have a strong book of rides to end the week in style. The Betfair Ambassador talks exclusively about his quintet of chances...
15:45 Goodwood - Growl
"He handles fast ground well, has won over 6f a couple of times recently, and will appreciate the step back to this trip after a good fourth in the Bunbury Cup last time."
14:00 Goodwood - Projection
I rode him when he won at Salisbury last season, where I thought he had a bit in hand, if required. The form of that race has worked out well, too. He looks to have run a very promising race when fourth at the July meeting on his reappearance and, off just a 1lb higher mark, I would say that he would have a leading chance.
He is proven on fast ground and with cut, is lightly-raced and progressive and has a lot to recommend him.
14:35 Goodwood - Shabbah
We thought that he was one of our better-handicapped 3yos at the start of the season, if not the best, and so it has proved. He went up 23lb for winning his first three starts over 1m2f and he then ran a cracker when stepped up to 1m4f at Ascot last time in what looked a decent handicap.
He has gone up another 4lb, which makes life tough, but conditions should suit and hopefully he is still progressing. The boss has won this three times in recent years, with Dartmouth scoring last season, and Kings Fete also finished second in 2014.
15:10 Goodwood - Minding
It would be a mistake to think that any Group 1 race is going to be a routine victory - Minding has been on the go since the spring and this is her fifth Group 1 of the season - but obviously we will be surprised and hugely disappointed if she is beaten. Everyone knows how much I rate her by now, and she again excelled when beating a subsequent Group 2 winner in Bocca Baciata easily in the Pretty Polly at the Curragh last time.
This could well be the fastest ground she has encountered this season if further rain stays away, but I think she will be fine on it, though a bit of ease would probably be ideal. She gives me options with her class and pace.
The opposition may have a lot to find on form but they are no mugs. Jemayel won the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary, Beautiful Romance is a Group 2 winner, and Swiss Range looked good when winning at Newmarket before her run in the French Oaks.
But the biggest danger could come from Queen's Trust.
I have ridden her in two of her four starts and liked her, and she did very well to come from so far off the pace to finish so close in the steadily-run Ribblesdale last time. Okay, that form of that race is not really working out but she is a filly with a lot of potential. She may not have the pace or ability to cope with Minding over this trip, but I wouldn't underestimate her.
15:45 Goodwood - Growl
It is not hard to see the likes of impressive recent winners Orions Bow, Kimberella and Dancing Star dominating this race under their penalties, but Growl has chances.
He handles fast ground and soft alike, has won over 6f a couple of times recently, and will appreciate the step back to this trip after a good fourth in the Bunbury Cup last time.
To be honest, I'd be lying to you if I said I had a strong opinion on the race but I go in there with a fair each-way chance.
16:20 Goodwood - Lockheed
You should never be confident in races like this. but I imagine my colt will be favourite after a very encouraging second to Seven Heavens at Ascot on his debut. He shaped very well over 6f there, the extra furlong should suit and his Group-race entries suggest that he is pretty highly-regarded by William.
And with good reason judged on the Ascot run, on which he sets the form standard, though one or two in here also shaped promisingly last time and there are some interesting newcomers in here, too.