It's a busy day for Ryan Moore who takes seven solid-looking rides at Leopardstown on Irish Champions weekend including a big chance on Magical in the afternoon's feature race...
"She is a proper Group 1 filly in her own right but she has been knocking heads with some top-notchers in Crystal Ocean and Enable, so it is probably fair to say this is her easiest task for a while."
- Ryan Moore on Magical
As much as you have to respect Il Paradiso's claims after his third in the Lonsdale Cup and Sir Ron Priestley is a horse I like, I think the St Leger could be a two-horse race between Logician and Sir Dragonet.
The favourite has an obvious chance after his Voltigeur win, but Sir Dragonet's Derby fifth is the equal of that performance and he needed it pretty badly at the Curragh last month, over a trip well short of his best.
Those are the class horses in the race for me.
Progressing well though this is a strong race
13:55 - Blissful
I rode her when she finished second over 6f at the Curragh and she seemed to appreciate the step up in trip when just edging home over an extended 7f at Tipperary last time. I am not quite sure how strong that form is as those around her haven't run since, but this sister to Gustav Klimt is progressing well and hopefully there is more to come from her. There will need to be if she is to win this, though. We are dealing with unexposed youngsters in here, so you can make a case for quite a few. Punita Arora and Raven's Cry probably just about set the form standard, but Lady Jane Wilde was impressive when winning on her debut at the Curragh and has switched stables to John Oxx since, and Nurse Barbara could do nothing more than win as she did at Cork.
Course winner has big chance on some form
14:30 - Eminence
I was expecting a little bit more from him in the Melrose last time and he is 2lb higher here, but he probably wasn't ideally positioned at York if you are looking for an excuse, and possibly the 1m6f stretched him a bit. I think his earlier third over 1m4f at Goodwood is a better piece of form, and this course winner has a leading chance if reproducing that effort, and maybe the step back down in trip will suit him, too.
Curragh maiden winner is a good prospect
15:05 - Mogul
I don't think there is much doubt that Rebel Tale is the one to beat form-wise if you take his second to Armory in the Futurity at face value. But Mogul is a horse I really liked when winning his maiden for me at the Curragh last time, and this brother to Japan felt a really good prospect. Of course, he only brings top maiden form to the party here, and Rebel Tale has already done it in this grade, but I have to be hopeful.
Strong contender from form perspective
15:40 - Mount Everest
Buckhurst is probably the one to beat but Mount Everest is a very interesting contender. He clearly hasn't had the smoothest of times of it this season to be making his seasonal debut in September but the form he showed in running Japan to a short-head in the Beresford Stakes last season makes him a big contender here from a form perspective. He would have one of the better pedigrees around and this 1m4f trip should really suit him.
Easiest task for a while for star filly
16:15 - Magical
I wouldn't be totally surprised to see any one from about four or five win this - we have a Derby winner in here with Anthony Van Dyck, Elarqam ran a blinder at York and Headman continues to improve - but I'd like to think Magical is the one to beat. She is a proper Group 1 filly in her own right but she has been knocking heads with some top-notchers in Crystal Ocean and Enable, so it is probably fair to say this is her easiest task for a while. It clearly isn't easy by any means - and I haven't even mentioned Madhmoon or the Nassau winner Deirdre - but it will take an improved performance from any of her rivals if she reproduces the likes of her Eclipse second. She will be tough to beat on that Sandown run.
Late developer looks exciting
16:50 - Lancaster House
He needs to improve to beat some established performers in this grade but the potential is there, for sure. To be honest, I am probably not best placed to judge him, as Donnacha has been on board for all his three wins, but he couldn't have done it much better in Listed company at Listowel last time, even if his main market rival Riven Light disappointed. He looks a pretty exciting late-developer.
Hoping she bounces back to form
17:25 - Hermosa
Laurens deserves to be favourite in here after my filly's lack-lustre run at Goodwood last time, but that clearly wasn't Hermosa's true form and they have apparently been very happy with her since. She also disappointed me a little when second in the Coronation Stakes previously, as she didn't give me anything like the feel she did when winning the Irish 1000 Guineas. She would give these plenty to think about if coming back to the form of that Curragh win, so let's hope she is back fit and firing.