Ryan Moore has six booked rides at Newmarket on 1,000 Guineas day, including one on Minding in the first fillies Classic of the season, and here you can read the Betfair Ambassador's exclusive views on his chances of riding a winner or two...
"I'm fortunate enough to be riding such a good filly, and you have to be very positive about her chances. She won the Fillies Mile by 4½ lengths in the style of an exceptional horse last year and if she reappears in the same form at Newmarket on Sunday then she is, quite clearly, going to take all the beating."
13:50 Newmarket - Silver Quay
Ran below par for me at Lingfield last time, and he hung a bit off a slow pace, but I suppose that was his third run in as many weeks and that could be the reason. He has had a short break and he would have a chance on his Lingfield win and Wolverhampton second.
But he is rated the same on turf as he is on the all-weather and he has yet to show anywhere near the level of a 97-rated horse on grass as it stands. But it wouldn't surprise me if he ran much better here.
14:25 Newmarket - Crystal Zvezda
The boss has won this race six times in the last decade, but we may have our work cut out this time with two Group 1 winners in the field and plenty of progressive horses in here.
Amazing Maria may have disappointed in the Matron Stakes on her final start but she is the highest-rated in the field after a brace of Group 1 wins, while everyone knows what Arabian Queen did to Golden Horn in the Juddmonte. Even if no-one really knows how. And then you have Jazzi Top, just touched off in the Opera, and Irish Rookie, second in the French 1,000 Guineas and a good third in the Sun Chariot.
Yes, I'd say that this is a pretty hot renewal, and I haven't even mentioned Andre Fabre's unexposed Usherette stepping back up to Group 1 company. I've said it before here, but you have to respect anything that genius sends over.
So Crystal Zvezda will have to be on her A-game to be even going close in this, let alone winning. The boss went into the Oaks full of hope for her after her impressive Newbury win for me, but she disappointed there and didn't really progress as we thought, despite some good efforts in defeat after Epsom. But she is in good order at home, is ready to start, and we hope that she can progress and make her presence felt in Group company as a 4yo. But this is a tough starting point.
15:00 Newmarket - Terentum Star
Clearly enjoyed getting his toe in when winning over course and distance last time, so any rain would be a big positive for him. I rode in that race and he appeared to win very easily, so a 6lb rise seems fair enough, and the runner-up ran well off a 2lb higher mark at Haydock last Saturday. He would have an obvious chance but he does meet a better class of horse here.
15:40 Newmarket - Minding
I'm fortunate enough to be riding such a good filly, and you have to be very positive about her chances. She won the Fillies Mile by 4½ lengths in the style of an exceptional horse last year and if she reappears in the same form at Newmarket on Sunday then she is, quite clearly, going to take all the beating.
And the reports suggest that she has certainly done well over the winter. And it was obviously good to see the Fillies Mile runner-up Nathra coming out and winning the Nell Gwyn. Everything looks right for her, and any ease in the ground is clearly no concern at all.
I think she is a very good horse, and I'm looking forward to riding her. But it's a fillies' Classic first time up and this race has thrown up plenty of shocks in the past, with juvenile form being left a long way behind by some of the winners. However, they will have had to come forward the best part of 7lb and more if my filly is in top form, though.
You have to respect Aidan's other two horses, Ballydoyle and Alice Springs, though and the first-named is a Group 1 winner in her own right. She beat Minding on fast ground in the Debutante Stakes and then impressed me when beating Turret Rocks in the Boussac. But she would ideally prefer faster ground than she is likely to get here - though if the rain misses us, then her chances will obviously increase - and Minding did beat her fair and square in the Moyglare before progressing again to win at Newmarket.
In fact, Alice Springs was only around a length behind Minding in the Moyglare and she did nothing wrong afterwards. She only has 1½ lengths to find with Lumiere on the Cheveley Park form, and she went on to win a big sales pot over 7f here before finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Juveniles Fillies Turf in Keeneland, where she was perhaps a bit unlucky. We rode her get her switched off and settled over 7f in bad ground first time up at Leopardstown. So although that was some way below her juvenile form, I was actually quite encouraged by that third to a race-fit Jet Setter. I'd give her an each-way chance.
Lumiere is obviously a very good filly and highly-regarded but I personally wouldn't be getting too carried away with the Cheveley Park form, where she didn't have that much in hand over Illuminate and Besharah, or Alice Springs. But, like many of these, she is clearly unexposed, even if she has stamina to prove as well.
I quite like Blue Bayou as a filly but she clearly needs to step forward a lot, but two definite improvers in here are Mix And Mingle and Midweek.
Mix And Mingle will win good races this season, but possibly on better ground at somewhere like Goodwood, and you have to respect Midweek coming over given her stable's excellent record with fillies. Of the rest, we know Boussac runner-up Turret Rocks stays well and she has a place chance.
16:15 Newmarket - Global Applause16:15
Ed hasn't run many juveniles so far but he has started the season really well and his horses are in good form. He is from the first crop of July Cup winner Mayson, so it will be interesting to see if his progeny also favour cut, and his dam won over this trip. In fact, I think I rode her in the Cherry Hinton.
I think I am right in saying that have I a fair strike rate when riding for Ed but, as with most of these 2yo races, who knows what we are up against? But the fact that I am on Ed's horse suggests that the colt has shown a bit at home.
16:50 Newmarket - Even Song
Stepped up a good deal on her debut run to win a 1m Leopardstown maiden decisively last October - a win I was impressed with - in a manner which certainly suggested this step up in trip will suit. And her pedigree does too, being a Mastercraftsman half-sister to St Leger winner Simple Verse. And she holds all the right entries, too, so you have to be hopeful.
But you never know what you will bump into in these types of races, as they are clearly full of well-bred and lightly-raced fillies who will be suited by the step up in trip, so you can't be confident. And Swiss Range looked good when winning on her reappearance here, too. And Tiptree, the filly who beat Swiss Range last season, is in here, too.