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Ryan Moore at Goodwood: The views on my six Thursday rides

Ryan Moore will hopefully be all smiles after his six rides at Goodwood on Thursday
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Winter is the star attraction at Goodwood on Thursday afternoon and here with his thoughts on the brilliant filly, plus his views on his other rides, is Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore...


"It’s my filly’s biggest test to date, but I hope she is up to it and testing ground could inconvenience some of her main rivals far more than it will her."

- Ryan Moore on Winter

13:50 - Addeybb

As everyone knows, and we have seen again this week, luck plays a massive role here and I will need it from stall 13. But he looks tactically versatile, and has won with give in the ground. He was held up when winning at Haydock and was ridden more prominently when following up at Ascot last time, where he showed a really good attitude to see off a horse who ran okay in defeat at the weekend.

He has gone up 5lb for that success but he is clearly lightly-raced and hopefully the extra 2f will suit him here, though it's a question mark. I rode Frontispiece to finish third on fast ground at Sandown last time and hopefully this easier surface won't bother him too much.


14:25 - Dubka

Her best form to date has come in soft ground, so she can't get enough rain. It was testing when she won convincingly for me at Doncaster last season and her best effort to date came in the soft at Haydock on her penultimate start when she chased home Bateel, who is a very smart mare in those conditions.

She ran a bit below-par on fast ground in the Lancashire Oaks last time, but hopefully she will prove a different proposition here. She needs to improve, though, and Endless Time is a good filly in the soft, as we saw in the Yorkshire Cup.


15:00 - U S Navy Flag

The blinkers and more aggressive tactics seem to have made a massive difference to this War Front colt. He showed much improved form to win at the Curragh last month and then stepped up again when second to Cardsharp in the July Stakes last time.

That level of form puts him on a par with the winner, who carries a 3lb penalty here, and Coventry runner-up Headway and Superlative Stakes second Nebo are also horses with a similar level of ability going into the race. If the ground rides on the testing side on Thursday - as seems very likely now - it may not be ideal, but let's see. There is no stand-out going into this race from what I can see.


15:35 - Winter

She has obviously looked a top-notch filly on her last three starts, and the merit of her comprehensive defeat of Roly Poly at Royal Ascot was hammered home when the runner-up went on to record Group 1 wins for me in the Falmouth, and in the Rothschild on Sunday.

There is no doubt that Roly Poly is a filly progressing all the time but, from what we know, Winter is the outstanding miler in the fillies division and one who is ground-versatile, too, having won at the Curragh on yielding ground. And she comes here a fresh horse after bypassing the Falmouth.

I think she is just about the most talented horse coming into this race but the obvious question mark is the trip. But she is a Galileo and, while you never know, I think she will see it out okay, though soft ground probably wouldn't be ideal in the circumstances.

But this is clearly a race with a lot of depth, and I have a lot to respect for John Gosden's pair, and Queen's Trust and Nezwaah. Queen's Trust probably wouldn't want it to ride too testing - and nor would two or three of these actually - though she does have form on soft, and she shaped really well from off the pace when fourth in the Prince Of Wales's last time and chased home Minding in this race last season.

Nezwaah looked a filly firmly on the up when beating Rain Goddess in the Pretty Polly last time - I was on the runner-up and I was suitably impressed, although it will probably be a lot softer today - and this really looks a hot renewal, and I haven't even mentioned the likes of Wuheida and Sobetsu.

It's my filly's biggest test to date, but I hope she is up to it and testing ground could inconvenience some of her main rivals far more than it will her. One who will love the cut in the ground is Hydrangea, who came back to something like her best behind Winter at Ascot. She could run better than her odds suggest if it is really testing, and I can see her being placed.


16:10 - Tangled

I think his chance is pretty obvious. Okay, he has gone up 11lb for his Newmarket win but when you win a nursery in the manner he did in, and in a good time too, you expect to be hit hard by the handicapper. And the runner-up has since only been touched off at Deauville on Tuesday, as well. It was fast at Newmarket and it certainly won't be that here, but he looked a fair prospect last time and if it does still ride very soft on Thursday afternoon then I guess we will find out if he handles it.


16:45 - Magical

She ran a race full of promise for me on her debut at the Curragh. She took a while to get the hang of things there but the manner in which she finished her race off to only be beaten ½ length at the line by a horse with strong maiden form was very encouraging. The third has come out and won since, and the winner contested a Group 3 race next time, and it will take a decent sort to stop this full-sister to Rhododendron going one better here.

In fact, Rhododendron won this maiden last year. Soft ground is the obvious unknown, but hopefully her class will see her through regardless.


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