Ryan Moore: My runner-by-runner guide on the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup

Ryan Moore is in Hong Kong on Sunday morning to ride Highland Reel in the QE11 Cup
Ryan Moore is in Hong Kong on Sunday morning to ride Highland Reel in the QE11 Cup

No rides for Ryan Moore on Saturday as he is flying to Hong Kong to ride Highland Reel in the QE11 Cup on Sunday morning, and here the Betfair Ambassador gives his exclusive runner-by-runner guide for the race...


Ryan Moore on Highland Reel;

"Ideally, you want to be drawn in stalls three to seven here, so my draw in six is fine and I give him a big each-way chance."

Audemars Piquet QE11 Cup
Sha Tin (Hong Kong)
Sunday, 09:35


Blazing Speed: Was trained by James Fanshawe over here earlier in his career and won this race last year. But it looks a stronger renewal this time around, and he hasn't been at his best recently.

Highland Reel: Felt like he needed the run when fourth in the Sheema Classic, and he is just about the highest-rated in here, I'd have thought. He beat Flintshire in a Hong Kong Vase over 1m4f here in December, and travels well into his races, so the step back down in trip shouldn't be a problem. Ideally, you want to be drawn in stalls three to seven here, so my draw in six is fine and I give him a big each-way chance.

Lovely Day: Won the Grade 1 Tenno Sho in November, and is a solid, straightforward, simple horse who I have ridden before. But he has had luck on his side when winning some of his races in Japan - and some of those Grade 1 races for older horses came up light last season - and this is a deeper contest. You can't write him off, but I think he may struggle in this company.

Designs On Rome: Loves the track, and has won plenty of big races around here, including a Grade 1 in February. I gather that he is one of the favourites but he is getting older at 6yo and he will need to be at very best to be winning this, or maybe even improving to do so.

Military Attack: Won this race in 2013 and doesn't come into this race in bad form, but I will be surprised if he is still good enough to win this as an 8yo.

Helene Happy Star: Split Designs On Rome and Military Attack last time, but I wouldn't have thought that he would have been up to winning this standard of race.

Satono CrowN: He is probably my idea of the likeliest winner, alongside Highland Reel. I won a Group 3 on him as a 2yo and really liked him, but he had a relatively disappointing time of it in the Classics in 2015, though he did finish third in the Japanese Derby. He had some problems last year but I know that he has had this race as a target for a long time now, and he was impressive when winning his prep race at Kyoto in February. His draw in eight is okay and I wouldn't underestimate him.

Helene Super Star: Used to be called Lines Of Battle when Aidan trained him, and I won a UAE Derby on him in 2013. He has won in Grade 1 company here but he won't be up to winning this, I'd have thought.

Ertijaal: Ran really well from a wide draw when fourth in the Dubai Turf and Mike De Kock has won this race a couple of times, I think, so he knows what he is doing. But on what we have seen Ertijaal needs to improve a fair bit to win this, and stall 11 isn't ideal.

Werther: He is another high up in the betting, but he wouldn't be one of my favourites. Is improving and won the Hong Kong Derby last time but he has had three hard races this year, and this is a far deeper field than what he has been running in.

Horse Of Fortune: Has been winning handicaps around Happy Valley, if my memory serves, and this will be much tougher.

Nuovo Record: I finished second on her in the Hong Kong Cup in December and she is a mare with talent, who was having her first start since when sixth at Hanshin earlier this month. She'd have claims at her best, and a draw in seven is fine.

Rising Romance: Australian mare whose form leaves her with a lot to find, from what I can see.


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