Ryan Moore at the Breeders' Cup: The views on my three Friday rides at Churchill Downs
The fantastic two-day Breeders' Cup meeting commences at Churchill Downs on Friday evening, and here with his exclusive views on his three rides on the card is Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore...
"The draw in eight looks okay, and he looked to relish the step back down in trip at Newmarket; I had always thought he was top class and hopefully he will show that again here."
- Ryan Moore on Sergei Prokofiev
Liking my chances of starting with a winner
19:21 - Sergei Prokofiev
He is in a better place now than he has been all season, and I think he is the horse to beat. He would have preferred it if we hadn't have got the rain earlier in the week but I thought he was very impressive when winning the Cornwallis, showing some turn of foot to turn things around late on. The draw in eight looks okay, and he looked to relish the step back down in trip at Newmarket; I had always thought he was top class and hopefully he will show that again here.
It's clearly a competitive race, with Abbaye third Soldier's Call arguably just about bringing the best form into the race and I imagine the home team will have to something to say, too - and Aidan's So Perfect is not to be underestimated, either - but I quite like my chances.
Wonderful is a great filly when at her best
20:00 - Just Wonderful
I know Newspaperofrecord has been very impressive in her two starts to date but I doubt there is a more talented filly going into the race than Just Wonderful. She has been a touch inconsistent but I was pretty taken with her win in the Rockfel last time. If she can back up that performance, and a draw in four is fine, then she should go close; she is a hell of a filly when on song. Quick ground suits her best, though, as we saw at Newmarket, although she did win her Group 3 with a bit of cut.
Trip and ground are fine but I can't say the same about the draw
21:22 - Anthony Van Dyck
I think he is the clear stand-out going into the race. He brings a very solid level of form into the contest, having being placed in Group 1s on his last two starts, and he is relatively ground-versatile, too, having won a Group 2 on bad ground at the Curragh. He would prefer it faster, though. The big negative is obviously the draw and that makes things very difficult but, like I said, he boasts the best credentials and the step back up to a mile will suit.