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Ryan Moore: Exclusive thoughts on my six rides on 1,000 Guineas day

Ryan Moore will look to carry these colours to success aboard Rhododendron in the 1,000 Guineas
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After winning the two big races on Saturday, including the 2,000 Guineas, Ryan Moore has a further six rides at Newmarket on 1,000 Guineas day. Here the Betfair Ambassador talks exclusively about them all...


15:35 - Rhododendron

"She comes into this race with a very similar profile to that of Churchill in the 2,000 Guineas, in that she is the clear form horse on her juvenile exploits, is proven on the track, acts well on a fast surface, and Aidan seems very happy with her homework."

13:50 - Mainstream

He won first time out last season and, although he didn't add to that tally afterwards in a busy campaign, he ran a series of good races and ended up going up 9lb in the weights for being placed in his final four starts. That makes life tough for him but conditions here should suit, though.

I haven't sat on him this spring but he comes here in good form at home and hopefully a gelding operation since his last run has brought about some improvement.


14:20 - Somehow

I have seen stronger renewals of this Group 2, and I go into the race on the form horse. I have only ridden her the once, when she won the Cheshire Oaks, but she went on to prove herself a very smart and versatile filly throughout the season and ended up winning a Group 3 by 7 lengths. She has reappeared as good as ever, and won a Listed race at Gowran recently.

She sets the form standard in here but two potential negatives are the quick turnaround of only a week and the fast surface, which she has never encountered before. But if she copes with those, she clearly has a good chance. I know a few of these well, and the likes of Muffri' Ha have to be respected.


15:35 - Rhododendron

She comes into this race with a very similar profile to that of Churchill in the 2,000 Guineas, in that she is the clear form horse on her juvenile exploits, is proven on the track, acts well on a fast surface, and Aidan seems very happy with her homework. There is clearly an awful lot to like about her chances, which is why she is favourite I guess.

Her form clearly ties in very closely with Intricately and Hydrangea - though Frankie said she may not have been at her best when he rode her to finish third to those fillies in the Moyglare - but she showed what she was capable of when winning the Fillies' Mile for me over course and distance from Hydrangea in October. It was a decisive and comprehensive win, and that form is clearly the best on offer coming into this race - there was a further 6 lengths back to the Fred Darling runner-up Urban Fox in third - so I can't be anything other than hopeful.

However, I do rate a few of the opposition. I rode Fair Eva when she won on her debut at Haydock and she really impressed me there, and then she went on to Ascot where she beat a subsequent Group 3 winner with ease. I think that race may have taken a lot out of her, as she didn't go on from there, but I rate her and, coming here fresh and stepped up to a trip that will suit her, I think she is a very serious rival.

I also really like the look of the Irish 1,000 Guineas Trial form. It rode like a very good race at the time, and the form has been franked since. I think Hydrangea, who won, and the fourth, Intricately, who carried a penalty, are under-rated horses and the runner-up, Winter, ran a much-improved race on her first start for Aidan and is held in high regard at home.

This could take a fair bit of winning, as you also have the likes of Nell Gwyn winner Daban and Talaayeb, who has a lot to find after just a maiden win but who has been working well. It could prove tough to win, but my filly is favourite and deserves to be.


16:10 - De Bruyne Horse

I think the one with experience, Qaaraat, sets a decent standard for the rest of us to aim on his Newbury fourth. And, as is the often the case with unraced juveniles I ride, I don't know a lot about my mount, though it is a positive that his dam won over 5f as a juvenile, so let's see how we get on.


16:45 - Miss Infinity

My filly didn't beat one home in the Free Handicap and hasn't raced over further than 7f, so stamina and recent form are an obvious worry. But I suppose she is just about the form pick on her juvenile best, which included an excellent third to Spain Burg and Fair Eva in the Rockfel.

But you would have to say that she looks vulnerable to an improver who looks sure to be suited by this 1m2f trip, and Astronomy's Choice, from a stable with an excellent record in this race, and Horseplay fit that bill.


17:20 - Mister Manduro

I don't know much more about him than what the formbook tells me, but it tells me plenty. And that is he comes here in good form after just being touched off at Bath, where the Epsom Derby Trial runner-up Permian finished third. He went up 1lb for that second, which looks pretty fair considering the fourth and fifth have come out and won since, too.

In fact, I won a handicap on the fourth by 10 lengths at Leicester. He certainly looks weighted to run a big race, though there are other likely improvers in here as well.


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