Ryan Moore has a trio of rides at Santa Anita and all three hold claims with Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck potentially the best of the lot...
"You have to respect Bricks And Mortar and Old Persian - though the American horse has his stamina to prove - but my horse is a Derby winner who has his conditions."
Can't rule my ride out
Sistercharlie is going for her seventh straight Grade 1 and is quite clearly the one to beat, though there are a few European horses in here that can give her a race, and Fleeting is definitely one. She hasn't had enjoyed too much luck this season, and that run continued in the Fillies And Mares at Ascot last time, where she didn't get any racing room in the final furlong or so and still wasn't beaten far at the line.
It's a very different test for her here, stepping down to 1m2f on quicker ground on a sharper track - and she has a lot of ground to make up with the favourite on their Beverley D form at Arlington in the summer - but my filly has a good draw and definitely has the talent to win a Group 1. It could well be here, though you would have to have a slight concern about this speed test for her.
Luck needed but test should suit
22:20, Circus Maximus
He has obviously come into his own since being stepped down to a mile and with the blinkers on, and he got his second Group 1 on the board when winning the Moulin last time. I can see this test suiting him too, and I have probably seen better renewals if I am being honest. That said, I see he is the 3/1 favourite and there is probably a little bit more depth to the race than that price suggests. However, I am clearly hopeful of a big run, though once again he will need luck from stall nine.
Derby winner has his conditions
23:40, Anthony Van Dyck
I suppose you could say he is something of a forgotten horse this season after winning the Derby, with three subsequent Group 1 winners in behind. He was very good that day and showed he was was on the way back after that King George run when third in the Irish Champion Stakes last time. He has had a pretty light season, so he comes here a fresh horse, and I think he has a very good chance, back up to 1m4f on quick ground.
You have to respect Bricks And Mortar and Old Persian - though the American horse has his stamina to prove - but my horse is a Derby winner who has his conditions.