Ryan Moore: The views on my five rides at Newmarket today

Last season's Ayr Gold Cup winner Captain Ramius

Ryan Moore doesn't have a ride in the feature race of the day, the Craven Stakes, but he does have five booked rides and here he talks exclusively to Betfair about the chances of each...

Ryan Moore on Captain Ramius;

"Looks a typically open and competitive sprint, but on official ratings Captain Ramius has a fair shot at this. And he is one of a few in here who comes here fit and in form.

14:20 Newmarket - Ajraam

Well, once again, your guess is as good as mine when it comes to picking the winner here. As I said in yesterday's column the Hills' stable has started the season in pretty good form and this newcomer has an interesting pedigree. He is by new sire Daaher, a Grade 1 winning miler on dirt in the States, out of a juvenile listed 5f winner over here. But apart from that I have little useful to add. Mutajally is a half-brother to Guineas winner Makfi and goes well enough at home, but the racecourse is going to give all the answers about these here, not homework.


14:55 Newmarket - Fehaydi

This looks to be at the mercy of Ghurair on all known form. His defeat of Havana Gold in a similar race to this here last October means it is hard to see beyond him, and another massive Tattersalls pot looks his for the taking. My mount won nicely enough at Wolverhampton recently and will appreciate the extra furlong here, but this is obviously a massive step up in class. I think a place is the height of expectations here.


15:30 Newmarket - Captain Ramius

Looks a typically open and competitive sprint, but on official ratings Captain Ramius has a fair shot at this. And he is one of a few in here who comes here fit and in form. A convincing winner of last season's Ayr Gold Cup, he came back from a short, unsuccessful, stint in Dubai to run Jack Dexter close in a listed race at Doncaster. His recent winning form has been with plenty of cut, but he has won on good. Move In Time looks an obvious danger after his good win at Doncaster last weekend, while it comes down to who is sharpest of those making their reappearances. And I haven't got a clue about that. But official ratings tell you that Hawkeyethenoo is the one to beat if he is forward enough on his return.


16:05 Newmarket

I haven't got a ride in this race but I do know that Hughesie thinks an awful lot of Toronado. But I have always been a fan of the horse he beat 1/2 length at Doncaster last season, Dundonnell. I think we have yet to see the best of this horse and it wouldn't surprise me were he to give Toronado a real race in receipt of 3lb. But what just sways me towards Toronado is that he could be a more straightforward horse and more adaptable in what looks sure to be a tactical race, so Hughsie has more options. Havana Gold looks just shy of this class on the evidence of his juvenile form, while Tawhid looked good when winning the Horris Hill but he does look to prefer soft ground, which he won't be getting here.


17:15 Newmarket - Call Ahead

Ghostflower is the one to beat in here on what we have seen on the racecourse, but it doesn't set too high a standard for the others to beat. I ride Call Ahead. From what I have seen at home she definitely has talent, but I would be a little surprised were she forward enough to win a Newmarket maiden first time up, especially as I would expect her to need a longer trip in time, too. But she does have ability.


17:45 Newmarket - Hillstar

I rode him to win his maiden over 7f in the soft at Leicester last October, and quite liked him that day. And the runner-up Flashlight has gone on to progress and show himself a decent horse. Hillstar is a half-brother to our 1m4f Group 2 winner Crystal Capella and has been going well enough at home, and I think a mark of 83 is fair, though I wouldn't go overboard about the fact that Flashlight is rated 87 now. And I wouldn't read too much into his entries in the Dante, Irish Derby and Derby either. There is a long way to go before we start thinking about Group races. I'd like a drop of rain for him but good ground shouldn't be a problem and I'd be hopeful of a fair show here, though I do know that they fancy a couple of others in here as well.


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