It's Derby and Oaks trial day at Lingfield and Ryan Moore has six rides on the card. Here the Betfair Ambassador talks exclusively about his chances of riding a winner or two...
"I had a fair bit of time for Mix And Mingle last season and she came back to her best when beating a good subsequent winner at Newmarket first time out. She also won her maiden here at two, and she has a decent each-way chance against the favourite..."
- Ryan Moore on Mix And Mingle
13:55 - Pocketfullofdreams
This wouldn't be the strongest Oaks Trial I have ever seen, which is underlined by the fact that my 99-rated filly is top on official figures. But, obviously, there are unexposed maiden winners like William's The Sky Is Blazing against her, and she is bred to be much better suited by this trip, so handicap marks probably don't mean a lot in the context of this race.
But my filly looks to be improving on the evidence of her Listed race second over 1m2f at Navan recently and there is plenty of stamina on the distaff side, so hopefully she can prove the one to beat. But William's filly has a lot going for her, too.
14:30 - Sir John Lavery
I am not sure if the Derby picture is getting any clearer at this stage, but Aidan is certainly winning plenty of trials and hopefully this will be another piece in the Epsom puzzle.
There are plenty of unexposed and well-bred horses in here, and the form horses both carry a 5lb penalty for their Group-race wins, and Sir John Lavery has plenty to prove on the book after coming here on the back a soft-ground Gowran Park maiden win over 1m last October. But I am hearing good reports on his progress since and, of course, he has the pedigree for the part, being a Galileo out of a winning mare who comes from the family of Hawk Wing. However, he is just ready to start back, and I am sure he will improve for the run.
This could be a fair race, too. Sofia's Rock, who I rode to win emphatically at Leicester last time, has earned a shot in this company, and the likes of Tartini and Zamfir are clearly open to plenty of improvement.
15:40 - Mix And Mingle
Qemah is obviously the one to beat in here, not carrying a penalty for her two Group 1 wins over a mile, but if she does run below par over 7f on her reappearance then I think I may be on the one to trouble her most.
I had a fair bit of time for Mix And Mingle last season and she came back to her best when beating a good subsequent winner at Newmarket first time out. She also won her maiden here at two, and she has a decent each-way chance against the favourite, who will clearly take a lot of beating if she in on peak form. The less rain the better for my filly.
16:15 - Dream Of Summer
This looks to be a trappy enough handicap and, although finishing third of five on his return at Lingield, he wasn't beaten far and that was probably as good as he has ever run. That was also his first start since being gelded and, off the same mark here, he will hopefully be competitive. In fact, he probably has a very decent chance.
16:50 - Cool Bahamian
He has won a couple of times here on turf and he looks to have shaped well enough when fourth on his reappearance at Windsor. He appears to have a solid enough chance, that's about all really.
17:20 - Fortitude
I don't know anything about her, other than she is a well-related Oasis Dream filly who cost a fair bit as a yearling. She may stay further than this in time but 6f is probably a fair starting point on pedigree.