It's Fillies' Mile day at Newmarket on Friday and Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore has a strong book of six rides, including one on a fancied runner in the feature...
"She has already won over 1m on testing ground, so conditions are not an issue, but of course this rates as her biggest test to date."
- Ryan Moore on Shale
Good starting point but she will improve for run
13:15 - Moonlit Night (NON-RUNNER)
Usual comments about our 2yos apply, in that she will come on a good deal for her debut. Her pedigree suggests she will need a good bit further than this trip down the line as well, but 7f in this ground looks a good starting point for her. Hopefully, she will handle the soft ground okay, but you never know until they race.
Form gives him a chance but it's a competitive race
13:50 - Acklam Express
He won the Roses Stakes at York on soft ground and improved again when taking on older horses in the Scarborough Stakes at Doncaster last time. That form gives him every chance back among his own age group here, but he doesn't lack for credible rivals in a competitive race.
Capable of a big run
14:25 - Thinking Of You
Nazuna sets the form standard on her Rockfel second but there are a few in here that could reach up to her level. My filly is one of those after following up soft-ground debut win with a third in a Group 3 at the Curragh last time. She didn't get much racing room throughout the closing stages last time, so I think she is better than the bare form and capable of a big run here.
Group form gives him a good chance in this
15:00 - Namos
He looks a very solid performer in this grade, for all he didn't run up to his best in the Hungerford two starts ago. But he has run with credit in Group 1 company in the past and got back on the winning trail with a convincing win in a Group 3 in Germany last time. He is another to have a good chance in a race where you can make a fair form case for four or five.
Form choice and conditions should be fine
15:35 - Shale
Her two defeats of Pretty Gorgeous have come on good going, so she probably won't mind if the ground doesn't ride that badly. But she clearly handles soft well too, and her Moyglare defeat of Joseph's filly just about makes her the form choice. She has already won over 1m on testing ground, so conditions are not an issue, but of course this rates as her biggest test to date.
The likes of Rockfel winner Isabella Giles and the unbeaten Indigo Girl are just two others with big chances, while I could also see Mother Earth going well enough at a big price back on softer ground and going over 1m for the first time, for all she was well beaten in the Moyglare last time and has plenty to find on the book.
Hot handicap but he's still improving and we like him
16:10 - Galata Bridge
This is the first time I have ridden him in a race, but I have sat on him plenty of times at home. He is clearly a colt on a roll and he won well at Wolverhampton last time. He is 9lb higher here in a much deeper race, and this will also be the softest ground he has raced on, so there are questions to answer. Hopefully, he hasn't stopped improving yet though, and this well-related colt can follow in the family footsteps and prove himself a 100+ performer in his own right. This looks a pretty hot handicap, but he is a horse we like.
Listed wins give her every chance
16:45 - Franconia
She didn't run her race in the Yorkshire Oaks last time, and may ideally want better ground than she is likely to encounter here. But her two Listed successes give her every chance, and it isn't hard to see her going well if she handles the ground.