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Ryan Moore: The verdict on my six British Champions Day rides at Ascot

Ryan Moore has a stunning book of six rides at Ascot on British Champions Day
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Ryan Moore has a full book of six rides on a hugely exciting British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday, and here the Betfair Ambassador gives us his exclusive thoughts on them all...


15:45 Ascot - Found

"We know how tough she is, and how this is her time of year, and she has run well on all of her three starts at this track, including when second to Fascinating Rock in this race last year."

13:25 Ascot - Order Of St George


He didn't give me quite the same feel as he did in the Gold Cup when second in the Irish St Leger last month, but he bounced back to form in no uncertain terms when third in the Arc last time. Quite clearly, the form of his win here in June and at Chantilly a fortnight ago makes him the one to beat - the Arc run was probably a career-best - and if he ran to that level then I would expect him to win, especially as 2m on easy ground are ideal conditions for him.

But this is a quick turnaround for him, and I do respect the chances of Simple Verse. She did very well to win at Doncaster last time, and this longer trip promises to suit her, and she won the Fillies and Mares at this meeting last year. I think she has a lot going for her.

There are plenty of solid stayers in here, and Forgotten Rules is clearly one of those, having won this race two seasons ago, and he got no run last year. He ran okay on his comeback at the Curragh last month and is obviously entitled to improve for it, but he has to step up a fair amount on that Listed-race form to be winning this.


14:00 Ascot - Twilight Son


I have ridden him twice, when runner-up to Muhaarar in this race last season and when winning the Diamond Jubilee here in June, and I expect him to go well again. In fact, if he runs to the level of his second here last season then I think he is the one to beat.

I imagine the ground was too quick for him when he disappointed in the July Cup last time but he has had a good break since, and we know that 6f on easy ground at this track brings out the best in him. I think he will go close.

That said, Mecca's Angel is probably nigh on unbeatable if able to reproduce the form of her Nunthorpe defeat of Limato, but 6f is the obvious worry, as is the fact that she comes here off the back of a below-par run in the Abbaye last time.

You obviously have to respect the likes of Quiet Reflection, The Tin Man and Shalaa, but I do like my chances.

Librisa Breeze is arguably the most interesting opponent, having done exceptionally well to win over 7f here last time and clearly being a fast-improving horse with a potent turn of foot. But this will be a very different tempo of race, stepping back to 6f for the first time against Group 1-winning sprinters.


14:35 Ascot - Seventh Heaven


The first thing to say about this Fillies and Mares is that it is a very deep race, but my filly deserves to be favourite. She has come a long way since I rode her to beat Architecture a neck in the Lingfield Oaks Trial in May and the form of her Irish and Yorkshire Oaks wins on her last two starts makes her the form choice.

She was very impressive when beating Found and Queen's Trust on fast ground at York last time, and 1m4f on a level track is what she wants. The one slight question is the easier ground - and I suppose her draw in 13, too - and she wouldn't want any rain.

Zhukova is a filly I have always rated, and she certainly would like some rain. The softer the better for her. She was very impressive at Naas earlier in the season and did it well when beating US Army Ranger on her first start since. It is interesting that they try her in cheek pieces.

Journey was just touched off by Simple Verse in this race last season, comes here in good form, and is very solid. Speedy Boarding bids for her third Group 1 in a row but has to prove that she stays this trip, while the likes of Queen's Trust, Architecture and Ribblesdale winner Even Song can't be ruled out if back to their best. As I said, a very deep race, but I hope that I am on the best filly.


15:10 Ascot - Minding


I think you can argue that Minding's best piece of form this season came over this trip when she won the 1,000 Guineas, but there is plenty of top-class form to choose from considering that she has also won an Oaks and a Nassau. But she was also very good the day she beat Bocca Baciata over 1m2f in the Pretty Polly at the Curragh in June.

She didn't get the run of the race, and was probably disadvantaged by racing on the unfavoured inside, when third in the Irish Champion Stakes last time but that was clearly a high-class effort all the same. A stiff 1m with a little bit of ease will suit her, and I like her chances. This is a very tough race, though.

Ribchester probably brings the best recent form into the race, having won the Marois from the subsequent Moulin winner Vadamos, but I wouldn't be in a rush to rule out the Guineas winner Galileo Gold as he may have been backed up too quickly from Goodwood when disappointing there.

There doesn't seem a lot between four of five in here, including the Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Awtaad and Irish 1,000 Guineas Jet Setting, but don't be surprised if Hit It a Bomb runs well at a big price. I was very impressed with him when he won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, and he still wasn't quite ready when third to Awtaad at Leopardstown last time. He could surprise.


15:45 Ascot - Found


If she is still in the same shape as when winning the Arc a fortnight ago, then she has every chance of reversing the Irish Champion Stakes form with Almanzor. Aidan had said all along that he trained her for the Arc this season, and she was in the form of her life when leading home an astonishing 1-2-3 for the stable at Chantilly.

We know how tough she is, and how this is her time of year, and she has run well on all of her three starts at this track, including when second to Fascinating Rock in this race last year. Her draw in 11 is not ideal, but you deal with it.

Almanzor's defeat of her at Leopardstown is the best single piece of form coming into this race, and he obviously has to be greatly respected. But this race is littered with other Group 1 winners, too, and I wouldn't rule out US Army Ranger joining that list.

He was given a break after his second at Epsom and I was happy with him at Leopardstown last time; I think the 1m2f trip should be okay for him and I think he will come forward from his latest run, too. He is a high-class colt who could run a big race if things go his way.


16:25 Ascot - GM Hopkins

You can ignore his run in the Cambridgeshire, as he lost any chance he had coming out of the stalls. The handicapper dropping him 2lb for that run is a bonus, and he just looks very solid to me. Most of his best runs have come over this course and distance, including when second in this race last season, and I think a mark of 110 is fair on what he has achieved.

He has won a Hunt Cup for me, as well as a Listed race here in April, so I know him well. He may lack the scope for improvement of one or two of these, but if he runs his race then I think he has a good each-way chance.


You can read resident betting.betfair.com tipster Tony Calvin's Horse Racing Tips for Champions Day at Ascot this Saturday behind the link.

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