Ryan Moore at the Breeders' Cup: The thoughts on my Friday rides at Del Mar
Ryan has two rides for Aidan O'Brien at the Breeders' Cup on Friday night including Happily in the Juvenile Fillies Turf...
"I think he is a horse with plenty more to give as he gathers more experience, the step back up in trip will suit, and stall one will hopefully prove to be a big plus if he breaks well."
Ryan Moore on Mendelssohn
Del Mar 21:25 - Happily
The first thing to say, and it's a pretty obvious one too, is that we have got lucky with the draw. She missed her most recent engagement as she had a temperature and scoped badly on the morning of the Fillies' Mile but all is fine now and it looks as though she comes into the race with solid form credentials, though it is probably worth bearing in mind that the home team have dominated this race, with Chriselliam the only recent European winner.
She relished the step up to a mile when beating the colts in the Lagardere but she isn't short of pace as she showed when winning the Moyglare. Hopefully, she will break well and allow me to do what I want to do. The faster ground is a slight question mark, but she won her Group 3 for me on good going and I like her chances.
I think it was clear that September was unlucky not to win the Fillies' Mile after meeting trouble in running, and she shouldn't be ignored, for all that she will again need the breaks from her wide stall in 10. She will love the ground, though.
We also have the Rockfel winner Juliet Capulet in here, and Cheveley Park third and fourth Madeline and Now You're Talking - and both of those are well drawn, too - but, like I said, it would be foolish to underestimate the home team. The pick of those could well be Rushing Fall but I wouldn't be in a hurry to rule many of them out given their largely unexposed profiles.
Del Mar 22:50 - Mendelssohn
If you look at the betting this looks like this race is the away side's to lose, but it is rarely that simple. That said, I have been lucky to win this race three times for Aidan in recent years and there have been a few other European winners, too.
It does look as though the Americans have something to find form-wise, with a Dewhurst runner-up, a Gimcrack, a Coventry and a Mill Reef winner, a Lagaredere third, and a dual Group 1 second, all travelling over. I think I am on just about the form horse going into the race with Mendelssohn, though. He didn't fire for me at all when last in the Champagne Stakes after I rode him to win his maiden over this mile trip, but I thought he ran a hugely promising race when chasing home US Navy Flag at Newmarket when wearing first-time blinkers.
I think he is a horse with plenty more to give as he gathers more experience, the step back up in trip will suit, and stall one will hopefully prove to be a big plus if he breaks well. I'd be pretty hopeful of a bold show but, as I have said, there is a very strong English contingent without even factoring in the home team, and my colt has to prove he can handle the track, too.