The Lincoln at Doncaster marks the traditional curtain raiser for the flat racing season so, with his first column of the new campaign, here is Ryan Moore's exclusive verdict on his rides on Saturday...
"He looks like a horse who will be well suited by a strongly-run race, the trip and ground look fine, and he continued to progress throughout last season. Hopefully, he will have come forward again for his break, and he probably will have had to, to be fair."
What's The Story should like the step up in trip
He looks to have a pretty decent profile for this race. I don't have any first-hand knowledge of the horse obviously, but he looks to have been pretty impressive when beating a progressive horse over 7f in the soft in November and shaped well enough on his return at Newcastle last month.
What's The Story has an extra furlong to go here, but his run-style, and certainly his pedigree, suggests he is probably going to improve for it. He will need to, as he is 8lb higher than for his win here in the autumn, but he has a fair bit going for him, not least the fact that he is so lightly-raced and unexposed. Then again, so are a few others in here, and this does look a strong race with plenty of depth.
Intern can continue recent good form
He took his chance in the King Edward VII after just being touched off in the Sandown Classic Trial on his reappearance last season, and he has clearly been in good form on the all-weather of late.
He did little more than stretch his legs when winning for me at Wolverhampton earlier in the month, but we are not judging him on that run and he did feel like a decent horse there. His best form has come at 1m2f so far, but I think a mile in these conditions will be fine for him. The galloping track and soft ground will hopefully suit, too, and this race has cut up a bit, too. I think this has been the plan for him for a while.
Fire Brigade will need a bit of luck in the Lincoln
I haven't actually sat on him before, either at home or on the track, but the talk is certainly positive. He looks like a horse who will be well suited by a strongly-run race, the trip and ground look fine, and he continued to progress throughout last season. Hopefully, he will have come forward again for his break, and he probably will have had to, to be fair.
For example, I rode Addeybb to beat him and Afaak in the Silver Cambridgeshire last year, and William's horse is 2lb better off here as Fire Brigade went on to win at Leicester. You have to be hopeful, but he will need luck given his hold-up style of racing, and I do fear Addeybb and Lord Glitters.
I liked Addeybb's attitude when he won at Newmarket and he could be the one to beat, but this is obviously a wide-open handicap where you just hope you are in the right place as the race develops. But there is no point in talking about the draw until you see how the track is riding on the day.
Ryan's regular weekly column will kick off ahead of the Craven meeting at Newmarket on April 19