It's Irish Oaks day at the Curragh on Saturday and Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore has some excellent-looking rides on the card, all of which he speaks exclusively about here...
"I was very impressed by the way that she travelled and quickened up at Ascot."
- Ryan Moore on Magic Wand
Race experience gives us a leading chance
This looks a decent maiden, as you would expect at this meeting - and Aidan has won this a few times in recent years, including with Australia - but hopefully Mount Tabora's experience will stand him in good stead. He probably just about has the best form of those to have raced, too, judged on his third at Newmarket last week, and there is probably more in the tank. He could be bumping into anything here, though.
In-form but handicap mark might be a tad high
He has run well when stepped down to this 6f trip on his last two starts, but it remains to be seen whether a mark of 96 is a little bit on the harsh side. His run off a 3lb lower mark in the Britannia suggests it may be but that was over a mile and he may have improved a bit since Ascot, too.
Fingers crossed Wonderful shows her true worth
The likes of Railway Stakes runner-up Marie's Diamond and Gee Rex probably set the form standard in here, but all of the others have the potential to reach their level. Some more than others, and we certainly hope that Just Wonderful is a better filly than she showed in the Albany. She just didn't really fire for me there, though she got tightened up near the rail about 2f out and I wasn't hard on her afterwards, so it was nowhere near as disappointing as some may think.
I hope you will see her true worth, as she felt a good filly when winning on her debut here, but she clearly needs to improve.
Likely to come on for stable debut
I thought he ran a really promising race on his debut for the yard over a mile here last time. Obviously, as a brother to American Pharoah, he got a lot of attention there but let's just judge him on his own merits and he shaped really well last month. I think the step down to 7f will suit as he has plenty of speed, and hopefully he will progress enough to give the likes of So Beloved and Larchmont Lad a race. He should come on for that run last time, too.
More Magic expected on quick ground
I think we are definitely coming round to the fact Magic Wand is a different proposition altogether on quick ground. She clearly wasn't at her best when well behind Forever Together on soft in the Oaks, and her earlier Chester defeat of the Epsom winner, and her 4-length defeat of the runner-up, Wild Illusion, in the Ribblesdale last time, mark her out as a high-class filly when getting her conditions.
I was very impressed by the way that she travelled and quickened up at Ascot.
But you have to respect Sea Of Class - the longer trip will suit her, for all she needs to improve - and if Forever Together comes back to the form of her Oaks win then she won't be far away.
The drop back to 1m2f on quick ground wasn't ideal in the Pretty Polly last time, and Aidan has put cheekpieces on here as she raced a little lazily for me that day. You can easily argue that she is the one to beat back up to 1m4f on her Epsom win, but let's see.
Hoping conditions bring about improvement
I haven't ridden him yet and he was well beaten here in May. He has only raced on soft ground to date, but he is well-related Galileo colt and the step up to 1m4f on faster ground should see him in a better light.