Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore: Impressive debut winner Jan Brueghel has strong claims on Saturday

Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore
Ryan has five rides at the Curragh on Day 1 of Irish Derby weekend

Ryan Moore has five rides on the first day of Irish Derby weekend at the Curragh on Saturday, and here the Betfair Ambassador discusses his quintet of chances...

  • Bold show expected from Truly Enchanting if back to debut form

  • Hoping impressive debut winner Jan Brueghel can deliver in higher grade

  • Content needs to improve to get involved in Group 1 Pretty Polly

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13:15 - Rock Of Cashel

We had eight in here but we rely on three of the newcomers, all of which have a lot to recommend them on pedigree and their homework, though the first-day experience will do them all good. I'd have happily ridden any of the three, but I get on Rock Of Cashel, a Wootton Bassett half-brother to Snowfall.

14:20 - Truly Enchanting

We had six in here and we run three of them. It is fair to say we expected a little more from Truly Enchanting at Royal Ascot last week, but she didn't run badly, and I think the step up in trip will suit her. If she runs up to the form of her Tipperary debut win in a good time, then I expect a bold show.

14:55 - Jan Brueghel

He was clearly very impressive for me when winning by a wide margin on his debut here last month. This is obviously a much stiffer test - I am not sure how strong that maiden was, but he couldn't have done it any better - and hopefully this imposing Galileo colt can deliver in this higher grade. Bolster could be the one to beat but there is no form stand-out in here.

15:30 - Content

She improved as the season went on last year, and she finished a decent eighth in the French 1,000 Guineas on her return. She has her sights lowered a touch after Royal Ascot - though this is obviously a Group 1 too, with very good fillies like Bluestocking and Emily Upjohn in here - and that was a bit of a non-event for her, as she never really got into the race. She obviously needs to improve to get competitive here, but maybe the step up to 1m2f will suit this Galileo filly.

17:15 - John Steinbeck

None of the raced horses set too high a bar, so hopefully he has his chance. He is by Dubawi out of a mare who won her Group 3 here, so the pedigree is there and hopefully the talent is too.

Timeform Verdict

Jan Brueghel - 14:55 Curragh

Jan Brueghel boasts an eye-catching pedigree being a brother to Irish Derby winner Sovereign, and he looked a smart prospect when running out a wide-margin winner over a mile and a quarter at the Curragh on his debut last month.

Jan Brueghel takes a sharp rise in class to contest the Group 3 International Stakes over the same course and distance on Saturday, but the way he stormed eight lengths clear under Ryan Moore, despite looking far from the finished article, suggests he's well worth a shot at this level.

Others with more experience have achieved a higher Timeform rating so far but Jan Brueghel has the 'p' to denote he's a likely improver, while his latest effort also earned him the Horse In Focus Flag to mark him out as one to be interested in next time.

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