Ryan Moore: Edition my Main chance on day one of Newmarket's Craven meeting
Newmarket's Craven Meeting signals the full-time return of Ryan Moore to Betting.Betfair, and our Ambassador has a strong book of six rides on day one...
"My filly looks very solid though, and her stable is going well."
- Ryan Moore on Main Edition
Fair chance on promising debut run
13:15 - Stagehand
I don't know much about her other than she gave an odds-on favourite a big fright on her debut at Newcastle in October, and she has a decent enough pedigree, for whom the extra furlong should suit. She clearly has a fair chance after that promising run, but there are similar types and other likely improvers in here, too.
Should go well in wide open sprint handicap
13:50 - Green Power
He looks to have run well when fourth on his reappearance at this meeting last year and he comes here this season after being beaten just under a length at Doncaster last month. He has been left on the same mark, and he handles conditions, so hopefully he has as good a chance as any in here. It's a big-field, sprint handicap though, so it's wide open.
Dubai form provides concerns
14:25 - Victory Command
He didn't seem to show a great deal in Dubai earlier in the year but hopefully he can prove a different proposition back on home soil. He would certainly have claims on the back of his busy juvenile campaign, the pick of which was probably his fourth in the Royal Lodge over 1m here. He also had good winning form over 7f on quick ground, so the ability for a good run is there if he can recapture his 2yo best. He needs to show a lot more than at Meydan though, that much is obvious, and Azano and Shine So Bright look more likely winners, if I'm being honest.
Happy with return and the one to beat
15:00 - Western Australia
I think you can make a case for a few in here but my colt sets the form standard going into the race courtesy of his Group form at two, most notably his excellent third at big odds in the old Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster. I think we were all pretty happy with him when he was second on his return against a progressive horse, who obviously loves the track, at Dundalk last month. He would have won there too, but for being hampered. He should come on for that then, and the extra furlong and return to quick ground will suit. He looks the one beat but, as I said, there are plenty of potential improvers in here.
Hard race to assess but my filly looks very solid
15:35 - Main Edition
This looks another tough race to call but, again, my filly probably just about goes into the race as the standard-setter, but not by much. I didn't sit on her again after I rode her when she won at Windsor on her debut, but she obviously progressed into a very smart juvenile, winning a brace of Group 3s and then finishing off her season with a Rockfel third over course and distance. If she is fit and well, she should give a good account, but this doesn't look an easy race to assess, with the likes of the Oh So Sharp winner Mot Juste and other similar types right in the mix. My filly looks very solid though, and her stable is going well.
Big step up in trip set to suit
17:20 - Solid Stone
Everyone knows that traditionally you need to have a lot in hand to be winning this handicap down the years - the recent Sheema Classic winner Old Persian only won this by a short-head off a mark of 94 last season, so that shows you what are you are dealing with - so it's always tough to win, for all there are just five runners this year. All have the right profiles, but I liked Solid Stone when I rode him on his debut last season, he went on to win his novice, and hopefully a mark of 85 underestimates his potential. It is probably no more than fair on what he has shown to date, though he is related to some good winners and has been going well enough at home. The step up to 1m2f, from 7f, really ought to suit on pedigree, too.