It's a big day at the Curragh for Ryan Moore as he bids to land the English-Irish 2,000 Guineas double aboard Churchill. Here the Betfair Ambassador gives his exclusive views on his quintet of rides on the afternoon...
"I have made a lot of his professional attitude in the past but one of the joys of riding him is simply that he is not only good but that he makes your life easy, as you can do anything with him. He gets the job done."
- Ryan Moore on Churchill
13:50 - Clemmie
No doubt, as a full sister to Churchill, she will be getting a lot of attention here and she predictably holds Group 1 and Group 2 entries. At this stage, I don't know how she has been going at home but Aidan's other two newcomers in here aren't bad either on pedigree, with Snowflakes being a full sister to Winter.
That's not a bad pair of debutantes to have in the same 6f maiden, but Churchill finished third on his debut at this meeting last year, remember, and Aidan brings his juveniles on to progress and improve throughout the season.
14:25 - Centopath
He will need to step up a fair amount on his comeback run at Naas for me in April, but he didn't really get the run of the race there. A mark of 94 is probably high enough on what he has achieved but, being a War Front, the expected fast ground should suit and he is lightly-raced. It remains to be seen how being drawn 21 of 22 plays out, though.
15:00 - Sioux Nation
Caravaggio won this race last year but there doesn't look to be a stand-out in here, although Aqabah did well to win at Ascot and looks a decent prospect, as does Brother Bear.
There is nothing much to choose between all of these but my colt has the most experience and he progressed from his first two starts - I rode him on his debut, and he was beaten by Brother Bear on his second start at Leopardstown - to win his maiden at Cork last time, albeit he was a very short-priced favourite to do so.
Let's hope he can keep on improving as he gains experience, as he will need to do to win this, I think.
16:10 - Acapulco
This looks a decent 6f Group 2, with horses like Suedois in here, but Acapulco can hopefully progress from her comeback win and go close. I won the Queen Mary on her a couple of seasons ago and she did it nicely enough over 5f here recently, though the runner-up didn't get the clearest of runs through.
She is obviously in foal to Galileo, so the clock is ticking, but she holds decent enough claims in a competitive Group 2 and the extra furlong hopefully won't be an issue for her.
With horses like Churchill, you get to the point where you have said it all, and you can't add anything new. Everyone knows what a top-class juvenile he was, and he has lost none of that ability judging from his Guineas win on his return.
A few people focused on the runs through the placed horses got there, in contrast to the smooth passage I had in the race, but a lot of that was down to Churchill. I have made a lot of his professional attitude in the past but one of the joys of riding him is simply that he is not only good but that he makes your life easy, as you can do anything with him. He gets the job done.
Hopefully, he will do so again but this isn't a walkover by any means. We know what a high-class performer his stablemate Lancaster Bomber is, and he has finished only just over a length behind Churchill on his last two starts, and you have to respect Thunder Snow.
Things obviously went badly wrong for him in America last time and he has questions to answer here as a result, but he wasn't far off the best juveniles and won the UAE Derby in March. The unknown is the unbeaten Irishcorrespondent but this is a massive step up in class for him, and I probably fear the proven Group 1 form of Thunder Snow and Lancaster Bomber more, to be honest.