After riding the winner of the Arc last weekend Ryan Moore is in confident mood ahead of day one at the Future Champions Festival at Newmarket, and here the Betfair Ambassador talks exclusively about his seven booked rides...
"He may not be as effective over this furlong-shorter trip and carries a 3lb penalty, but he was close to a career-best last time - his stand-out run is probably his Queen Anne third - and clearly has a leading chance in a very competitive Group 2, especially on this ground."
- Ryan Moore on Cougar Mountain, 14:40 Newmarket
13:35 Newmarket - Courage Under Fire
This looks a competitive Cornwallis but the top three all carry penalties for their Group wins, so that levels the playing field a fair bit. My colt has run well in that grade too, and finally got his head in front when stepping down to the minimum trip for the first time at Naas a fortnight ago.
I haven't ridden him yet but he looks a pretty straightforward colt who likes to go forward, and hopefully he can be in the mix as he steps back up in class.
14:05 Newmarket - Glitter Girl
She showed a really good willing attitude when winning a Doncaster nursery for me off a mark of 85 last month, and took another big step forward when fourth in the Rockfel last time. She momentarily looked as if she was coming to win the race at the furlong marker there.
This race has a fair bit of depth in terms of numbers, and a few of them with form in Group company, but there doesn't look to be a stand-out filly amongst them, so I imagine a few of these will be fancying their chances.
As ever, the Andre Fabre filly catches my eye and he won this race with subsequent 1,000 Guineas winner Miss France a few years ago. You have to respect his Double Lady.
14:40 Newmarket - Cougar Mountain
He is a high-class colt on his day, and he was certainly at, or near, his best when beating Gifted Master by 3 ¼ lengths over 1m here last time. He may not be as effective over this furlong-shorter trip and carries a 3lb penalty, but he was close to a career-best last time - his stand-out run is probably his Queen Anne third - and clearly has a leading chance in a very competitive Group 2, especially on this ground.
15:10 Newmarket - Rhododendron
I don't think you would be in a rush to rule out any of this field, even the maiden winners with plenty to find on form. And certainly Spatial gave me a good feel when winning a maiden on the July course which worked out very well, with the placed horses Unforgetable Filly and Sobetsu, who re-opposes today, winning their maidens by wide margins next time.
Rich Legacy saw this trip out well when winning the May Hill but Aidan's pair probably just about set the form standard, and there is little between them.
My mount beat Hydrangea a head in a Group 2 at the Curragh, but finished nearly two lengths behind her when that form was turned around in the Moyglare last time, which was quite a messy race. They are both Galileos and should be suited by the step up to a mile, and I just hope that I am on the right one. It's a pretty competitive race, though, and no result would really surprise me.
15:45 Newmarket - Steel Of Madrid
Won a Listed race over 1m2f here in May and has run creditable races in Group races since, though his fifth to Saturday's Ascot winner Move Up in Turkey last time was probably the worst of the lot. But his earlier fifth to Almanzor in Group 2 company before that gives him a fair chance, though a mark of 107 makes life pretty tough in here against more progressive types. He is a smart horse at his best , though.
16:20 Newmarket - Mittens
Highland Pass sets the form standard in here, and a fair one, too. But there are some well-bred newcomers ranged against her, including Mittens.
Like I always say, the boss doesn't believe in giving his 2yos a hard time first time up but if they are good enough, then great. She has shown us ability at home, but how that compares with the other debutantes is anyone's guess.
16:50 Newmarket - Playful Sound
Lady Of Camelot is the filly to beat in here but she is up against some improving and unexposed fillies.
This is the first time that I have ridden Playful Sound on the track but she is going the right way and that was pretty strong handicap form at Chester last time. That is some way off Lady Of Camelot's run here last time, or that of Laganore or Quebee, but who knows how much there is left in the tank.
Chester can teach horses a lot though, and I think she will go okay, for all that she is only rated 93 at the moment and needs to improve a fair amount.