Ryan Moore: The views on my six Friday rides at Newmarket

Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore heads to Newmarket this afternoon
Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore heads to Newmarket this afternoon

There's some top class racing at Newmarket this weekend including four Group races on Friday afternoon, and here Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore talks exclusively about his six booked rides at HQ...

"Minding should step up again after her Moyglare win, and for the step up to a mile, and I am hopeful of a big run."

Newmarket 14:05 - Queens Trust

Queen's Trust was very impressive in winning at Kempton on her racecourse debut. She did it really nicely even though she was a little green. She should come on for that.

First Victory has also won her only start. She was very professional in winning on her debut at Newmarket a few weeks ago, and she should come on for that.

Aljuljalah won the other division of that maiden on the same day in a slightly slower time, but she is another likeable filly, as are Tutu Nguru and Diploma and Sharaakah. It's an interesting race, but Queen's Trust is working fairly well at home, and I think she is a filly with a big future.

Newmarket 14:40 - Shining Emerald

All week it looked like Shining Emerald was going to be an outsider in this race, and he still is a big price, but he could run a big race.

He does have to carry a penalty, so he probably has to step up to win it, but Andreas has been targeting this race for a while, and he is a very good trainer. Shining Emerald was a good two-year-old in Ireland, and he has won three of his four races for Andreas in Germany, including a Group 3 and a Group 2 race.

It's a competitive race, but it may not be the best Group 2 race ever, and there may not be much between the main ones. We know how good most of them are, and nine of the 10 runners are rated between 110 and 112. It wouldn't be the greatest shock in the world if Shining Emerald were to win it.

Newmarket 15:10 - Minding

I like Minding. The Moyglare Stud Stakes that she won is working out very well already, with runner-up Ballydoyle winning the Prix Marcel Boussac on Sunday and third-placed Alice Springs winning that valuable fillies' sales race at Newmarket last Saturday.

It's a hot race though. Nathra has won both her races, she has done nothing wrong, and she is obviously highly-regarded, she has been supplemented for this.

Coolmore should be able to go on now after winning a Group 3 race at The Curragh two weeks ago. She stayed on strongly to win that race, so the step up from that seven furlongs to a mile today should be in her favour.

Promising Run probably brings the second best piece of form into the race. She kept on well to win the Rockfel Stakes last time, and the step up to a mile shouldn't be a problem for her either.

Hawksmoor has to step up on her run behind Promising Run there, and Beautiful Morning has to step up on her win in the Convivial Maiden, but both are nice fillies.

Minding should step up again though after her Moyglare win, and for the step up to a mile, and I am hopeful of a big run.

Newmarket 15:45 - Mustard

It probably wasn't the most competitive handicap for the money that was on offer that Mustard won last time at Haydock, but he kept on to win well.

He has been raised 6lb for that, so he is going to have to step up again if he is to win this, but he has been working nicely and he may well have improved since then.

There are about seven or eight horses in here with chances. Wonder Laish and Duretto dead-heated at Ascot last time, the former after racing prominently and the latter after coming from the back. Both have been raised 7lb, but both are progressive.

Keep In Line battled on well to beat Satellite on soft ground at Newbury last time, and Argus is a lightly-raced horse who could progress again. It's a competitive race.

Newmarket 16:15 - Vaunting

Vauting is a nicely-bred filly, she is a full-sister to Bragging, who won three times as a three-year-old last year, and who won the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes back in May. The Dahlia Stakes is run over nine furlongs, so this seven-furlong maiden is a nice starting point for Vaunting.

It's a big field of inexperienced juvenile fillies, and a lot of the right yards are represented. It could be an interesting race.

Newmarket 16:45 - Crystal Zvezda

Crystal Zvezda should be getting her career back on track now. She looked very good in the early part of the season and, after disappointing in the Oaks, she ran well in a listed race behind French Dressing at York in July.

This is another competitive race. Loving Things is probably the main danger. She was only just beaten at Haydock last time having missed the break. She wouldn't have to improve a lot on that to get close. Also, In The Fast Lane is an interesting filly, a Grade 1 winner in South Africa who didn't run badly on her debut for William Haggas two weeks ago.

Crystal Zvezda is in good order though, and I hope that she will run well.


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