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Ryan Moore at Newmarket July Festival: The verdict on my seven Saturday rides

Ryan Moore rides seven at Newmarket on Saturday
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It's the third and final day of the July Festival at Newmarket and Ryan Moore is hoping to sign off with some winners. Here are his views on his seven rides...


"I wouldn’t go as far to say that I am confident given the level of opposition ranged against him, but let’s just say that Caravaggio hasn’t let us down yet."

13:45 - Sizzling

There are plenty of newcomers to be wary about in here but Sizzling looks to have just about the best form coming into the race. And, given the way Aidan's 2yos tend to progress, that's a big positive. And this Galileo filly certainly looks to have shaped very pleasingly when third over 7f at the Curragh a fortnight ago. You'd have to be hopeful about her chances.


14:15 - Gymnaste

It is fair to say that she ran a bit below expectations in the Sandringham, in which perhaps the pace and tempo of a big-field handicap stretched her stamina over a mile. Back down to 7f, and off just a 2lb higher mark than when meeting trouble in running at Kempton, I think she could go okay.


14:50 - City Of Joy

He was another horse not to show his best at Royal Ascot but we certainly didn't get the run of the race there and I'd be inclined to put a line through that run, and move on. The form of his earlier wins at Doncaster and Chelmsford stands up to inspection, and I think he can be competitive off his current mark of 94. There could well be more to come from him.


15:25 - Tabarrak

A draw in one could be far from ideal and giving weight away all round won't be easy, but we will see. But there is no doubting that he is a very progressive 4yo who comes here in good form after a fifth in the Hunt Cup last time, and we know that he is fully effective over 7f on decent ground, too.

The problem is whether a mark of 111 makes him vulnerable in a race such as this, and you would probably have to say yes. Hopefully, he will run his race though and hopefully that will be good enough.


16:00 - Gustav Klimt

This is a good colt. Coventry fifth Aqabah probably sets the form standard but I would be hopeful of Gustav Klimt giving him a race, all right. I get tired of saying it but he wouldn't have been fully wound up first time out and he felt like a pretty good prospect to me when beating a very decent sort at the Curragh earlier this month.

There are plenty in here with similarly positive, unexposed profiles, but I'd be disappointed if he isn't in the shake-up, at the very least.


16:35 - Caravaggio

Caravaggio is one of those horses about which everyone has said it all before, and I've nothing to add, to be honest. It is plain for all to see what a top-class sprinter he is and, no, he didn't really surprise us when beating Harry Angel in the Commonwealth Cup. He has a rare change of gear, and hopefully we will see that again today.

But I must admit that I think he probably has a stiffer task than odds of around even money suggest.

I probably fear The Tin Man most. I know you can make a case for Tasleet and Limato being unlucky in the Diamond Jubilee at Ascot, but the fact is that he was probably the deserved winner there and that was his second Group 1. I am not in a rush to under-estimate him.

But I can see why some would fancy the likes of Harry Angel and Tasleet in here - both are high-class and improving - but Limato has been here and done it. And if he turns up in the same form as when winning this race last year, with some ease, then you have to fear him.

I wouldn't go as far to say that I am confident given the level of opposition ranged against him, but let's just say that Caravaggio hasn't let us down yet.


17:05 - Opposition

He looks to be coming forward nicely and put up a good performance to win at York over 1m4f on fast ground last time. A 4lb rise looks fair enough, so let's hope there is more left in the tank.


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