Ryan Moore has another full book of rides at Royal Ascot on Thursday, but with rain in the forecast the weather could play a big part in some of their chances...
"...but if this 5 1/2-length Derby winner turns up on his A-game and lasts home then he obviously has the quality to take a hand."
- Ryan Moore on Serpentine
Expect him to go well if rain isn't too bad
This horse has missed a lot of potential engagements since winning on his debut at Dundalk in April, and I really hope that the rain that is forecast from Wednesday night all through Thursday is not as bad as some are suggesting. But this is a colt we like and he really impressed me when beating a fair sort in Silver Surfer at Dundalk. He has a lot of class and speed, and I expect him to go well.
Dante fourth gives him a decent chance
He didn't shine when I rode him over 1m on soft ground at Gowran on his return but he had a few worried when going from the front and still leading going into the final furlong in the Dante last time. His fourth there gives him as good a claim as most in here, and we know he has soft ground form if we do get a lot of rain. Mohaafeth is the obvious one to beat if we don't.
She has a fair shot at this especially if rain arrives
A Group 3 winner on heavy ground at two, we were delighted with her comeback fourth in the Lingfield Oaks Trial, especially as she wasn't suited by the slow pace there and didn't get the smoothest of runs through. Aidan was expecting an improved performance from her at Epsom and she duly delivered it, again not having the best of passages but sticking on really well to be third. I know she was beaten a long way, and she probably has something to find with the likes of Noon Star, a filly I have a lot of time for, but any rain won't bother her and she has a fair shot at this.
Toughest Gold Cup to date for Stradivarius
We all have Stradivarius to beat once again, as he is going for his fourth straight win in this race, but this could be his stiffest Gold Cup challenge yet. Trueshan has a lot to recommend him after his win here last season and his second to Japan under a penalty at Chester, Subjectivist has really stood up to the plate in his last two victories and Spanish Mission looked good when giving 3lb and a beating to Santiago, who we also have in here, in the Yorkshire Cup.
And you clearly have to factor my mount Serpentine into the equation, too. Okay, he has questions to answer as regards the trip and his form after a below par comeback run, but if this 5 1/2-length Derby winner turns up on his A-game and lasts home then he obviously has the quality to take a hand. And there is only one way to find out. I will also put in a good word for Emperor Of The Sun, as I was pretty taken with him in the Saval Beg.
Could flourish on fast ground
I have been really looking to get this horse on quick ground, so we can do without the rain for him. He is a horse I like and he ran well when third in testing conditions at the Curragh last time - though I think being raised for that was harsh, by the way - but I sense this No Nay Never colt could flourish on a fast surface. Let's hope he gets the chance.
A good colt hopefully better than his current mark
He also doesn't want much rain but I think he has a big run in him if the ground remains decent. He may be 15lb higher than when winning for me at Leopardstown back in April, but you had to be very impressed by what he did that day, and I think he is a good colt. And hopefully one better than his current mark of 100.
Course and Distance winner has another solid chance
He needed his return when I rode him at Newbury last month, so you can expect a much better show here and he was dropped 1lb for that run, too. He probably put up his best performance when winning over course and distance for me last July, off just a 3lb lower mark than this, and he should handle whatever the weather throws at him. I'd say he has a pretty solid chance.
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