The second day of Newmarket's Cambridgeshire meeting sees Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore with a strong-looking book of six rides on Friday afternoon...
"I have to be hopeful of his winning claims here, as a lightly-raced 3yo making up for lost time, and with plenty more to give."
- Ryan Moore on Mount Everest
Each-way claims for consistent filly
13:50 - Agincourt
She has a fair bit to find with some of these but she is a consistent filly, and is one still on the up on the evidence of her narrow second over 7f at York last time. She gets this longer trip well, and handles any ground bar extremes, so she probably has each-way claims at a price, though you would have to say that Maqsad is the one to beat form-wise going into the race and there a few others in here that obviously have to respected, notably the John Gosden pair.
Decent claims with form in the book
14:25 - Simply Beautiful
This looks a pretty tight race to call, though I suppose you have to say Promissory is very much the one to beat after her second to Sir Ron Priestley in the March Stakes. My filly has form in this grade that gives her claims, and the trip on ground with a bit of ease in it is probably ideal, though she does need to step forward to win this.
Hoping for more improvement
15:00 - Blissful
Daahyeh is obviously the one we all have to beat after her Moyglare second, but hopefully I am best placed to challenge her on Blissful. She obviously came forward a good deal from her maiden win to land a Listed race at Leopardstown last time, and hopefully she can come progress similarly again. And, after just five starts, I'd say that was more likely than not, and I can see Newmarket suiting her.
Needs to improve but I like him
15:35 - Zaaki
Three-time Group 1 winner Bentbatl and King Of Comedy are the obvious two in here on official figures but I have a fair bit of time for Zaaki. He did it nicely for me in the Strensall Stakes last time and he has his chance, though he does need to improve if the form horses are at their best. The less rain the better for him, as well. UAE Jewel is the unknown in here, as he looked good here in the spring.
Beautifully-bred colt the one to beat in Maiden
16:10 - New World Tapestry
The newcomers are all likely types from big stables but my colt sets the form standard from those to have raced. Okay, it wouldn't be a frightening level as it stands but he has shaped well behind very good horses on his two starts, and this beautifully-bred colt, out of the Yorkshire Oaks winner Tapestry, clearly has it in him to keep on progressing.
Winning chance as we aim to make up for lost time
16:45 - Mount Everest
There is little between three of these in here, of which Mount Everest is one. He was a class act at two, chasing home Japan in the Beresford, and we had to be delighted with his belated comeback run at Leopardstown earlier in the month. He will be much sharper for the run - though there is always the possibility they can regress after their first run back after such a lay-off - and I have to be hopeful of his winning claims here, as a lightly-raced 3yo making up for lost time, and with plenty more to give.