After a cracking start to the Craven meeting for Ryan Moore, he has a busy day two at Newmarket on Friday with eight rides booked in. Here is his exclusive verdict on each...
"The race has cut up and Toormore is the one to beat on form, especially as he only carries a 3lb penalty, which is light in a Group 3 contest. I sat on him for the first time in a gallop on Friday and he went fine. However, Be Ready is a very serious rival."
13:45 Newmarket - Lacing
Is from the first crop of dual King's Stand winner Equiano and there is plenty of pace in her pedigree. Also cost 170,000gns, so hopefully she is a good sort who can shift a bit, and I hear they like her. Drawn in 14, but that shouldn't make too much too difference.
14:20 Newmarket - Tercel
Being by Monsun, he will be suited by further than 1m in time, but there is speed on the dam side, and this trip is a good starting point for him. But he is a big backward horse who will need the experience today.
14:55 Newmarket - Cadeaux Power
Shaped reasonably promisingly when fifth in a back-end maiden here on soft ground but obviously needs to have improved stones on that run to be competitive here. Johann Strauss and Seagull Star are probably the two to concentrate on.
15:30 Newmarket - Heaven's Guest
I won valuable handicaps on him over 6f on the July course and over 7f at Ascot last season, and hopefully he will be a lot sharper for his Doncaster reappearance, when fifth to Dinkum Diamond. There is hardly any class bridge from top handicap to Group 3 company but he will clearly need to improve to trouble Aljamaheer and Tropics. Aljamaheer is very interesting stepped down to 6f, and is probably the one to beat, especially as he gets 4lb from Tropics.
16:05 Newmarket - Toormore
I don't think that they thought he was the finished article last season, which makes his performances all the more praiseworthy. Showed a good turn of foot to collar subsequent Juvenile Turf winner Outstrip at Goodwood, and then put the Phoenix Stakes winner Sudirman in his place by getting on for three lengths in the National Stakes.
It will clearly take some effort for him to make a big dent in the 2,000 Guineas betting - Kingman was very impressive in the Greenham, even though you can pick holes in the form - but he was the champion two-year-old and the potential is there. The race has cut up and Toormore is the one to beat on form, especially as he only carries a 3lb penalty, which is light in a Group 3 contest. I sat on him for the first time in a gallop on Friday and he went fine. However, Be Ready is a very serious rival. Not many horses impressed me more last season than Be Ready did when beating Barley Mow at Doncaster and he could prove very troublesome.
16:40 Newmarket - Gospel Choir
It probably wasn't the strongest of handicaps that he won at Goodwood last season, but he did it well enough and it was off a mark of 97. He probably ran to a similar level of form when stepped up in class in the Cumberland Lodge at Ascot on his final start.
Hasn't got many miles on the clock for a five-year-old and hopefully he can progress this season, but the obvious question mark here is whether he has the pace for 1m1f. In fact, there is no question mark at all. He hasn't. Not in this company anyway. But he is rated 104, is a big heavy horse who needs a run and there are few opportunities for horses like that, so this is a starting point for the season for him and he will have better winning opportunities down the line.
17:10 Newmarket - Executrix
We have won this race a couple of times recently and Executrix is bred for the job, being an Oasis Dream half-sister to a number of good winners, including Echelon. However, this race probably has a lot of depth to it and she will need the experience.
17:40 Newmarket - Top Tug
The form of his neck defeat of the UAE Derby winner Toast Of New York at Kempton last August doesn't look too bad now. But clearly you cannot take that at face value and he is better judged on his subsequent second off 81 in a nursery at the same track, and he races off a 4lb higher mark here, returning to turf. So he is not obviously well-handicapped, but his pedigree suggests that he will improve for the step up to 1m2f and he has been working nicely. But this is invariably one of the hottest handicaps of the season - Hillstar was beaten in this race last year off 83 - and it will take plenty of winning. Windshear and Cloudscape look particularly interesting.