Ryan Moore: Exclusive thoughts on my day two rides at St Leger
Ryan Moore has six rides on Thursday at the St Leger festival including one in the May Hill Stakes. See how he hopes to get on...
"Peach Tree, who I rode to win her maiden at the Curragh, obviously finished in front of Fleeting when placed behind stablemate Just Wonderful in a Group 3 over this trip last time, and both have plenty to recommend them here as lightly-raced and improving fillies."
Progressive filly in the opener
13:50 - Winter Light
This will be the first time I have sat on her but she definitely looks a progressive filly and she beat a fair sort of ours convincingly at Brighton last time. A mark of 84 is probably pretty fair on that evidence. It's a typically competitive nursery but she should go well enough; she was also second to smart sorts on her first two outings, too.
14:25 - Peach Tree
I don't think there is much between our two fillies in here. Peach Tree, who I rode to win her maiden at the Curragh, obviously finished in front of Fleeting when placed behind stablemate Just Wonderful in a Group 3 over this trip last time, and both have plenty to recommend them here as lightly-raced and improving fillies. But they are meeting unexposed, once-raced winners like Dubai Beauty, and a few more progressive winners besides, so I think it is a tough May Hill to call.
Everyone has a claim
15:00 - Sizzling
Another race in which you can make claims for a few, despite just the seven runners. You have to be delighted by Sizzling's recent progress though, and impressed by the manner in which she beat another very progressive filly at Cork last time.
She steps back up to this 1m6f trip on possibly easier ground, but neither should present any problems. The opposition will, but hopefully there is more to come from her and I think this race has been the plan since Cork last month. She had plenty of form with cut last season.
Don't be surprised if there's a shock
15:35 - The Irish Rover
These Sales races are certainly not always as straightforward as official ratings suggest - and you get your fair share of big shocks in them - but I hope they are in this instance.
The Irish Rover sets the form standard going into the race on his Group 1 third at the Curragh, and to a lesser extent his fourth in the Gimcrack last time, and hopefully the first-time blinkers will help on concentrate on the job in hand, too. If he runs up to his best, then something will have to step forward to beat him. That said, I have just noticed that we have to give Aim Power 12lb.
She was fourth in the Prestige over 7f and she ran well for me off a mark of 95 over 6f in a nursery at the same track last week, when not getting the best of runs; the slight step back up in trip will suit her and her chance has to be respected off just 8st 4lb.
Good off a break
16:40 - Kyllachy Gala
He hasn't been out since running below par at York in May. I've no idea why but at least he has been dropped 3lb in the interim. It looks like his best form has come on the all-weather but that is to be expected as he has mostly been campaigned on it since coming over from Italy. He looks to be fairly treated, and he looks to have gone well off a break in the past.
Pettifogger a question mark
17:10 - Pettifogger
This is his first start for Marco since coming over from Italy. I don't know much more than what his bare form tells me, and that is that he has done his racing on good or softer ground and to a decent level in Listed and Group 3 level. Whether or not that makes him well handicapped off a mark of 100, I really don't have a strong opinion. I am obviously hoping the answer is yes.
Minimum Bet Guarantee
Betfair's 'minimum bet guarantee' on all Class 1 and 2 races in the UK and Ireland - which means all customers are able to bet to win a minimum of £500 - has been extended to cover ALL races at the following tracks this week:
Thur 13 Doncaster, Listowel & Epsom
Fri 14 Doncaster, Listowel & Salisbury
Sat 15 Doncaster, Leopardstown, Chester, Chelmsford & Listowel
Sun 16 The Curragh & Ffos Las