Ryan Moore: The inside track on my five rides at Epsom on Wednesday

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Ryan Moore has five rides at Epsom on Wednesday afternoon
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Ryan Moore has a decent book of rides at Epsom on Wednesday afternoon, and here the Betfair Ambassador gives his exclusive views on his five chances of riding a winner...

"I don't know too much about this filly but she clearly ran well on all three starts last year, and you would have thought this longer trip, and further in time, will suit her."

- Ryan Moore on Akvavera

Superbly bred colt open to plenty of improvement

14:45 Epsom - James Cook

I rode him when he was second on his debut at Naas last season and he went one better in a soft-ground maiden over 1m at Leopardstown. Clearly, he has a superb pedigree - being a full-brother to Found among others - and I believe Aidan is happy with him, which is why he is here, obviously. He looks a useful prospect and one open to any amount of improvement but, as it stands, form-wise he is just on a par with most of these, and behind the likes of Dee Ex Bee. But these trials are learning curves, and Zabriskie is also better than he showed in the Autumn Stakes and any ease in the ground will suit him.

On a fair enough mark in very competitive handicap

15:20 Epsom - Shabbah

I know the horse from when we had him, and he was a big improver in 2016 before not hitting the same heights last year. He has since changed stables, and didn't seem to run a bad race for them at Lingfield last month. A mark of 86 seems fair enough, and hopefully the ground will be okay, but it looks a very competitive race to me.

Fit, improving, and no ground concerns

15:55 Epsom - Contrast

There are a few to be worried about in here, probably Ajman King above all, but Contrast is a fit, improving 4yo who ran his best race yet when third at Kempton last month. He has gone up another 2lb for that, but hopefully he can remain competitive and the ground should be fine for him, rain or not.

Fair chance of getting a winner for dad

16:25 Epsom - King Of The Sand

He showed good, progressive form at two, including when second over 7f here, and he looks to have a fair chance, even with his penalty. He gets that courtesy of his clear-cut Brighton win and the old man seems to have his horses in decent enough nick.

Progress likely stepping up in trip

17:00 Epsom - Akvavera

I rode Breath Caught to win for Ralph at Newmarket last week, and he seems to have his horses in really good form. I don't know too much about this filly but she clearly ran well on all three starts last year, and you would have thought this longer trip, and further in time, will suit her. She also seems to have run well with some dig in the ground last season, and the potential for progress is clear. This is probably a decent handicap, though, for its grade.


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