Ryan Moore: The verdict on my five rides on day one of the Newmarket Cambridgeshire meeting
The top class Newmarket Cambridgeshire meeting commences on Thursday and Ryan Moore has five rides on the afternoon. Here are the Betfair Ambassador's exclusive views on his chances of riding a winner or two...
"He races off the same mark here, so hopefully can be competitive again, but the progressive Great Order could be the one we all have to beat."
14:00 Newmarket - Taj Mahal
He is a very big horse so it is taking him a while to get the hang of things. He is obviously a very well-bred colt, being a brother to Gleneagles among others, and he has performed to a fair level when placed in 7f/1m maidens on his last three starts.
A first-time visor replaces the cheek pieces today, and hopefully that will sharpen him up further, but it's a decent-looking race, and Okool was a big eye-catcher at Doncaster first time up and he could be hard to beat.
15:40 Newmarket - Whitecliffsofdover
I haven't ridden him yet but, like all of these, he looks a very promising colt. As you'd expect of one of Aidan's juveniles, he learned a lot from his debut when winning a 7f Naas maiden by 3 lengths last time and hopefully there is a lot more to come from this War Front colt.
I am not sure how strong that Naas form is - the second was well-beaten next time - but he could only beat what was in front of him in the style he did, and this race is all about lightly-raced colts and who has stepped forward the most from their last outing.
Escobar has impressed me in both of his Newbury wins and he probably just about sets the standard going into the race, though.
16:15 Newmarket - Forever Popular
William's horses continue in unbelievable form, and here is hoping this is another winner for him. She has found life tough on her last two starts in Group 2 company but she returns to Listed level here, the grade in which she beat the reliable yardstick Twitch on the July course over 1m4f a couple of months ago.
She meets some hardened and in-form staying handicappers in here though, and a relative unknown in Godolphin's Sir Fever, as well as having her first start over 2m, so she faces a pretty tough task, in truth. And she has a 3lb penalty for that Newmarket win, too, which makes that tough task all the more harder.
16:50 Newmarket - Zamperini
I don't know a great deal about him to be honest, other than what the form books tells me. And that tells me that he has a break since winning narrowly over 1m2f at Sandown at the start of July, is 5lb higher here and has never raced over this 1m4f trip. And he meets some in-form horses, as well.
But Sandown looked a career-best for him, and hopefully the step up in trip will suit. His best form has come with some in the dig in the ground, so he certainly wouldn't mind any rain.
17:20 Newmarket - War Glory
Again, I have never sat on him before. But he is a lightly-raced, consistent and in-form handicapper who ran well after a break when third at Doncaster a fortnight ago. He races off the same mark here, so hopefully can be competitive again, but the progressive Great Order could be the one we all have to beat.