It's a trip to America for Ryan Moore on Saturday night who has three rides at Belmont, and here the Betfair Ambassador talks exclusively about his chances of victory on each...
"I know it may not have been the strongest race depth-wise but he won like a very good horse there, trust me."
- Ryan Moore on Hunting Horn
One step at a time as we build towards the Classic
We went to the Kentucky Derby thinking we had a fair shot, but the incessant rain made what was a hard task nigh on impossible. And, of course, the rough stuff early on immediately had us on the back foot and making up ground in those conditions was a complete no-no. But you learn from your disappointments, and hopefully we embark on a route here that will see him take in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill later in the season.
But one step at a time, and he needs to get back to the form that saw him win at Del Mar last season and put up that sensational performance at Meydan. However, this Grade 3 is no straightforward task, giving weight to all bar one of his rivals, and this race is a stepping stone.
Stablemate Seahenge is also in here and the pair have some history; Mendelssohn finished last to Seahenge in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster but his three most recent runs against him, with the blinkers on, are more representative of their respective talents.
The likes of Noble Indy and Rugbyman also look to be decent horses, but hopefully we can get back on track here, and the step back to a mile isn't a problem. It's obviously a small field, so being drawn six of seven should be okay.
Big pot means worth taking our chances
Athena makes a quick turnaround from the Curragh last week, but Aidan is presumably very happy with her and this is a $1m pot after all, so it is well worth the trip. She probably just about ran a career-best in the Pretty Polly on Sunday. Hopefully, she can jump well and we can sit handier here from her midfield draw. She probably has a bit to find with Marco's French 1,000 Guineas fourth Capla Temptress before we even factor in the home challenge but, like I said, it's a valuable Grade 1, so let's see how we get on.
There look to be some smart fillies among the home challenge though, and a fair few of them have claims - there is no form stand-out yet, but they all take a decent level of form into the race - so this could be tough.
Royal Ascot wins suggests we are the one they all have to beat
Aidan won this race with Deauville in 2016, and Adelaide and Homesman also finished placed in recent years too, so we have had some luck in the Belmont Derby. I think we have a very decent candidate with Hunting Horn, too. He beat the Irish Derby winner Latrobe at Naas first time up and he ran three good races in defeat thereafter, not getting the run of the race in the French Derby.
But he looked and felt like a different proposition when winning the Hampton Court at Royal Ascot, the first time he had encountered 1m2f on quick ground. I know it may not have been the strongest race depth-wise but he won like a very good horse there, trust me. He has the potential to make his mark in the highest grade, and hopefully that starts here.
Kingstar heads over from France, and I wouldn't be underestimating him, for starters. He beat a decent field at Longchamp last month and looks a very promising colt, for all that he needs to improve to hit the level of my colt. The home team appear strong too, and Kentucky Derby fifth My Boy Jack may be their number one hope, though Catholic Boy and Analyze It and a couple of others boast just as good form, it seems.
Looking at the race again, it could be a stronger renewal than usual, certainly in terms of depth, but I think Hunting Horn is the one they have to beat.