It's a relatively low-key day of racing on Saturday but that doesn't mean Ryan Moore won't be among the winners with his five booked rides at Newbury...
"I haven't ridden him before but he looks to have a pretty good chance to me. He went up 5lb for his Windsor win and another 2lb for his third over 1m4f at York last time, but those runs mark him out as a progressive sort and the step back to 1m2f here in this big field could be in his favour."
- Ryan Moore on Carado
Decent prospect and has Group 1 entries
13:10 - Cherokee Trail
I didn't ride in the Ascot race he won recently but this well-related War Front colt did it well, and he clearly looks a decent prospect. I suppose we don't know the true merit of that form with the favourite underperforming and he carries a troublesome 6lb penalty here, but let's see what this Group 1-entered colt has got to give against the newcomers, and the once-raced Millionaire Waltz.
Tight-knit sprint but I'm just about the form choice
13:45 - Equilateral
This looks a very tight-knit Group 3 but he looks to hold as good a chance as any, though the progressive Dakota Gold is clearly a big rival. My horse comes here in good form too though after winning snugly enough at Doncaster last time, though I am not sure how much he had left in the locker to be honest. He has similar conditions here though, and his stand-out effort is probably still his second in the Palace House Stakes in this grade in May, which just about makes him the form choice here.
Ground and trip fine but Desert is the one to beat
14:20 - Pondus
He is a progressive 3yo who has improved in deep ground against good horses on his last starts, and that form probably makes him Desert Encounter's main rival here. He has form on a quicker surface too - though his big improvement has come in testing conditions - and the 1m3f trip should be fine for him as well. He has a nice profile but the favourite is obviously the one to beat.
No easy task with Group 2 penalty
14:55 - Mystery Power
I am not sure if this is one of the better Mill Reefs in recent years - though it's been won by Harry Angel and Ribchester of late - but it is probably competitive enough in terms of depth, even if it has cut up a bit at the overnight stage. And that means my colt probably has his work cut out with this Group 2 penalty and he didn't run up to form at Goodwood last time. He clearly has a leading chance on his Superlative win, though the likes of Haydock winner Pierre Lapin could prove troublesome.
Progressive sort has a good chance
15:30 - Carado
I haven't ridden him before but he looks to have a pretty good chance to me. He went up 5lb for his Windsor win and another 2lb for his third over 1m4f at York last time, but those runs mark him out as a progressive sort and the step back to 1m2f here in this big field could be in his favour. You have to respect the claims of York winner Forest Of Dean though, who is 5lb well-in under his penalty.