Ryan Moore: The views on my six rides at Newmarket on Friday
The Cambridgeshire Meeting continues with a mixture of Listed and Group races on Friday afternoon, and here with his thoughts on his six booked rides is Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore...
"He will know a lot more about racing here, and he looks a smart prospect to me. He should make his presence felt if the race doesn't come too soon for him."
- Ryan Moore on Ouzo
Royal Ascot form makes us the one to beat
14:25 - Sun Maiden
She ran a respectable third behind Lah Ti Dar without really travelling that well in herself at any stage at York last time, and you can forgive her the previous run at Goodwood as she was in-season there. So I think she is better than recent efforts would suggest, and her Ribblesdale third to Magic Wand and Wild Illusion, with Athena in behind, would just about make her the horse to beat in here.
Last run best ignored
15:00 - Just Wonderful
She clearly didn't run her race in the Moyglare last time, so hopefully we can put a line through that run and move on. Her previous Group 3 win over 1m at the Curragh was given a boost when the third, her stablemate Fleeting, came out and won the May Hill impressively, and she is one of the form horses on that success.
Return to better ground in our favour
15:35 - Regal Reality
It was a little disappointing to see him beaten at Haydock last time but the ground was pretty atrocious and you can easily forgive an inexperienced colt in those conditions. He wasn't disgraced by any means though against a Group 1 winner proven in the heavy, and the return to better ground that saw him win so impressively at Goodwood, from a horse who is now rated 110 after winning next time out, will be in his favour. It's obviously a tough little race, but at least he doesn't carry a penalty like Accidental Agent and Mustashry.
Progress expected for smart prospect
16:10 - Ouzo
He makes a quick reappearance after finishing fourth at Newbury last week. I rode him there and I thought he shaped with a lot of promise, when clearly not getting the run of the race and running pretty green. He will know a lot more about racing here, and he looks a smart prospect to me. He should make his presence felt if the race doesn't come too soon for him.
In-form 3yo can go well again
16:45 - Communique
This race has also cut up to just the five runners. Barsanti and Raheen House are the class horses but both come here after below-par runs last time, and I am on a progressive 3yo who arrives here on the back of a career-best win in a Newbury handicap last week. That was also his first win at this trip, and he looks well-placed to take advantage if the top two are not at their best again.
Last autumn's form gives us a chance
17:15 - Capton
He wasn't at his best at Ascot last time, and he has had a good break since. He has also been dropped 2lb and he would certainly have chances if he recaptures the form he was in last autumn. Perhaps this slightly easier ground than he has been running on this year will help him, too.