Fresh from a busy Friday at Sandown, Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore is back to provide the lowdown on his four rides at Leicester on Saturday afternoon...
Decent claims in an open contest
He carries a 3lb penalty for his impressive Listed race win at Redcar back in October, but he has decent enough claims in a competitive race. It looks like the ground will be pretty testing but he ran well on soft at Haydock in June, and he ran close to his best when third in the Group 2 at Sandown first time out last year. It is a tough race though, with three of four possible winners, maybe more, and Donjuan Triumphant could be the one to beat on deep ground with a recent run under his belt.
Questions to be answered over new trip
He was probably beaten by a good horse in heavy ground at Windsor last time. Clearly, he has more realistic claims in handicap company off a mark of 84 here, but the big question mark is will he stay 1m4f in this ground, or even be good enough if he does? I've no idea, but we will soon find out.
Lowly handicap mark gives us a chance
I rode him on his debut at Sandown and he progressed to finish a fair fourth at Wolverhampton on his final start. He has been gelded since and makes his handicap debut off a lowly mark of 72, so hopefully he can make his presence felt. He is a Showcasing half-brother to a soft-ground winner, so maybe he will handle the conditions, too.
Ground an unknown but plenty of debut promise to build on
Podemos looks the one to beat on form, though newcomer Loveisili is well bred, but hopefully Baritone will give a good account of himself. He is related to some good winners from the stable and he shaped pretty promisingly for me when fifth on his debut behind Emaraaty at Newbury last season. He comes into this race in good form and the 1m2f trip should suit, but clearly testing ground is an unknown.