Ryan rides a quintet on Sunday at the Curragh including Winter, the odds-on favourite to win the 1,000 Guineas. Get his thoughts on his Sunday team here...
"Winter looks a worthy favourite here on that evidence and a filly progressing at a rate of knots, but if one or two of these put poor runs behind them, notably Hydrangea and Intricately, then they are dangerous opponents."
There are a couple in this maiden who set a decent form standard for us at aim at, so the newcomers will have to be smart to win. Aidan has a couple of well-bred debutants, as you'd expect, and I'm on the Galileo colt Gustav Klimt. I'm not going to lie. I don't know anything about him at this stage, sorry.
In the absence of the sidelined Minding, this Group 1 now has a very open look to it. Moonlight Magic finished second to that filly on his return and his chance has to be respected, as would Success Days if we get even more rain, but Aidan has three decent shots at this prize. Somehow didn't run up to her best in the Lockinge last week but this extra 2f or so will suit, and Johannes Vermeer was a Group 1-winning juvenile, but I am on Deauville. He has been in great form this season and showed a good attitude to beat a smart horse in Poet's Word in the Huxley Stakes at Chester last time; that effort gives him as good a chance as any in a very competitive Group 1 that lacks a standout performer now. The recent rain is a slight concern for him, but he did win his maiden on heavy.
Red Label and Vociferous Marina could be the two to beat in here but this looks another tough race to call. Homesman won his maiden over 1m3f at Limerick and then chased home the Irish 2,000 Guineas horse Irish Correspondent over 1m here last time. Aidan puts blinkers on him for the first time, so hopefully they will bring about further improvement, and the step back up in trip will hopefully be in his favour, too. The stable have had an excellent record in this race down the years as well, and Finn McCool and Utah are decent horses in their own right.
You had to be very impressed by Winter at Newmarket; she was always travelling powerfully throughout the race and ran out a ready two-length winner. There was a lot of speculation about how close Rhododendron would have got to her with a clear run, but we will never know. I suspect it would have been pretty close - and I was annoyed immediately afterwards - but looking back at the race Winter won it well and who knows how much she would have pulled out had I got to her. She looks a worthy favourite here on that evidence and a filly progressing at a rate of knots, but if one or two of these put poor runs behind them, notably Hydrangea and Intricately, then they are dangerous opponents. Rehana may be the biggest threat of the rest, though; she was third to Hydrangea and Winter over 7f at Leopardstown in April, beaten only a length, and I was impressed with her Group 3 win at Naas last time. She looks a very smart filly in the making. A lot more rain could make this interesting, though.
If the ground is decent come off-time then it should suit this War Front-colt who shaped quite well on his debut over 7f at Dundalk last October. The step up to 1m2f should suit on pedigree and he is another whom Aidan tries the blinkers on. Hopefully, this is a winnable maiden for him.