Ryan Moore goes to Chelmsford City - rerouted from Newbury's abandoned meeting - on Saturday afternoon to take six rides on a classy looking card, and here you can read the Betfair Ambassador's exclusive views on each...
"In a hard race to get a handle on, I have an outside chance, but Tasleet has the best form on offer here courtesy of his Richmond second and I suspect that he will take a fair bit of beating now he doesn’t have to cope with heavy ground."
Cost a fair amount and is quite well-related and he shaped promisingly when fourth in a 7f Newmarket maiden in October. Obviously, we don't know how he will take to the surface but the extra furlong will be very much in his favour and hopefully he can make his presence felt.
But he meets some similarly well-bred types here, both raced and unraced. In fact, looking at it more closely this looks a very hot maiden and I'd say it will take a lot of winning.
Looked a good horse when winning at Glorious Goodwood but the handicapper thought so too, and upped him 13lb for a 2 length win. He couldn't be competitive off that mark at Ascot next time but he finished the season with a decent third in a Listed race at Kempton.
He has a fair bit to find with Battalion and others at these weights and he did need his first run last season, so he may need this, but he is a horse we like and I would expect him to take a step forward as a 4yo. And this surface will probably suit him better than a heavy-ground Newbury would have.
Besharah is clearly the filly that we all to have to beat if she returns in the same form as she showed as a juvenile when winning the Lowther and finishing a close third in the Cheveley Park. But, against that, she was only small at two and she does have her stamina to prove. But at least she isn't trying to prove it in bottomless ground at Newbury.
If she does under-perform then my filly is probably just as well placed as any in here to take advantage as she showed her well-being when making all to win over 1m on the all-weather at Kempton earlier in the month. But there are some very interesting maiden winners here, and some unexposed types as you'd expect, not to mention Boussac fifth Katie's Diamond who holds a fair form chance, too.
Tasleet looks the stand-out on form to me - though Log Out Island is also rated 110 - and he clearly looks the one to beat. Log Out Island has his stamina to prove and Palawan will have to step forward a lot on what he showed me when last of five at Lingfield last week. But at least Palawan has a recent run under his belt, and he should strip fitter for that run.
That leaves my mount Knife Edge. He beat a decent sort over 7f at Ascot on his debut and then went to run a couple of fair enough races at Newmarket and Kempton without setting the world alight. In a hard race to get a handle on, I have an outside chance, but Tasleet has the best form on offer here courtesy of his Richmond second and I suspect that he will take a fair bit of beating now he doesn't have to cope with heavy ground.
Showed a bit of promise in his only run in a 1m maiden at Newmarket last October, even though he was beaten a fair way in the end. Clearly has to improve a fair amount on that run to win this race, even though it looks a very winnable maiden, but the step up to 1m2f should certainly suit on breeding as there is plenty of stamina in his pedigree.
His form tailed off towards the end of last season but at least the handicapper has dropped him 3lb as a result. He is well-treated if coming back to his early-summer form, notably his second to Resonant at Goodwood, but he has his stamina to prove over 1m2f. However, I don't think that will be a problem and the switch from a heavy-ground Newbury to Chelmsford is probably in his favour, even though he is unproven on the surface.
He is a horse we liked in the first part of last season, and he has been gelded since we last saw him, so hopefully that will help him rediscover his best, too.