We've reached day three of the York Ebor Festival, and here Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore discusses the chances of his four rides on Friday afternoon...
"She has done well since winning at Haydock on her return and I think a mark of 98 looks fair after her recent performances."
- Ryan Moore on Virgin Snow
Good chance for in-form colt
13:45 - Zabeel Champion
The weights went up at the overnight stage which allowed me to partner Zabeel Champion again, and I am happy about that. He had won his last two before I sat on him at Goodwood last time, and he improved again to finish a close second there. He has gone up another 3lb but that was to be expected and the step up in trip promises to suit too, as his dam won over 1m4f and he is a half-brother to the Group 2 middle-distance winner Dame Malliot. He handles good and soft ground alike, and he has a good chance I'd have thought.
Small field but we all have a winning chance
14:15 - Withhold
There isn't a lot between any of these, but Nayef Road is probably the one to beat after running to a pretty high level this season, most obviously at Goodwood last time. Withhold is also very smart on his day though and he did it well at Newmarket last time. He handles a bit of ease in the ground, and he has his chance in a race where you can see them all winning, to varying degrees.
On a fair mark and step down in trip should suit
16:15 - Virgin Snow
I am looking forward to sitting on her for the first time as I obviously have a big soft spot for her dam, Snow Fairy. She has done well since winning at Haydock on her return and I think a mark of 98 looks fair after her recent performances. And the step down from 1m4f looks the right call to judge from her Newbury run last time, and hopefully the first-time hood will help her too as she has been a bit too keen in the past.
Tough opening mark but it's deserved
16:50 - Visinari
A few people got a bit carried away with him after I rode to him to victory on his debut at Newmarket last season. He was impressive there, but he was fit and knew his job that day. So no-one should have been disappointed by his subsequent third in the July Stakes or his Doncaster fourth on his final start, especially as the latter race worked out very well. A mark of 105 doesn't make it easy on his comeback but he probably deserves it on that Doncaster run.