Ryan Moore has a further six rides on the second day of the Future Champions Festival and here the Betfair Ambassador gives his exclusive views on his sextet of winning chances...
"I ride Lagostovegas who carried on his good summer Flat form with two hurdles wins recently, and a test of stamina on decent ground looks fine for him."
This will be the first time I have sat on him but the level of form that he has shown behind stablemates in Group company, since winning his maiden, entitles him to go close here. His fourth in the Beresford is probably the best form on offer going into this race and, being by Galileo out of a 1m4f winner, I think the 1m2f trip should be fine for him.
However, he is clearly up against similarly unexposed, progressive types who could all improve for the step up in distance too, so I wouldn't be overly-confident.
There doesn't look to be a stand-out going into the race, so I imagine most will be fancying their chances. Maybe Arbalet is the marginal form horse on his Solario third; he shaped well for me there and I think a mile will definitely suit him.
But this looks wide open - though Ghaiyyath looked good here last month - and Aidan has a couple of similar types in Flag Of Honour and Zabriskie, who both left their debut efforts a long way behind when winning their maidens next time.
I haven't ridden either so I can't give you a first-hand feel or judgement, but I ride Zabriskie and he beat a couple of his stablemates nicely enough on heavy ground at Tipperary. Hopefully, he will enjoy this better ground and he has the pedigree too, being a Frankel half-brother to Arc scorer Bago, as well as a Moulin winner.
The absence of National Stakes winner Verbal Dexterity makes it easier for all of us, but you have to be honest and say Expert Eye would have been the one to beat anyway if coming here in the same form that he was in at Goodwood. I rode Seahenge in that race and the way Expert Eye travelled and went clear on the bridle was the hallmark of a potentially exceptional 2yo.
Obviously I rode him at Newbury on his debut, too, and the stable have never doubted his class. He missed the Curragh with a dirty scope, which is never ideal, but that Vintage Stakes form has been franked, too, not least by Seahenge in the Champagne Stakes.
I ride US Navy Flag though, and he shouldn't be underestimated. The improvement he has made since being fitted with blinkers is phenomenal, completing his rise from maiden to Group 1 success with his Middle Park win last time. He will have to up his game again here but his rate of progress tells you that is possible, maybe even probable, and I don't think the step up to 7f will be a problem. He kept finding in the Middle Park.
I also have a lot of time for Emaraaty, but this is a very big step up from his Newbury win, and my colt holds the stronger claims from where I am sitting.
You don't need me to tell you how good Willie is when it comes to teeing up stayers on the Flat, and he looks to have two decent chances here with Laws Of Spin and Lagostovegas. I ride the latter who carried on his good summer Flat form with two hurdles wins recently, and a test of stamina on decent ground looks fine for him. Hopefully, he can translate his improved hurdling form to this sphere, but that is not always a given.
If it does come off for John Constable we could all be in trouble but, stating the obvious, you can give loads of these a chance. I will put in a good word for Byron Flyer, though. I liked him when I rode him to finish second at Doncaster last time, and he is 3lb well-in on that performance. I also think the step up in trip will suit him, too. But he is one of many with realistic claims, as I said.
She didn't run anywhere close to her best when last on her return at York last month. Hopefully, she needed that, and if she did then she has good form claims here from what I can see. Her Listed race win over course and distance last autumn would make her the one to beat in fact.
She is a filly I like, and I was probably lucky to beat her on Rain Goddess at the Curragh back in August as Intimation was short of room at a vital stage. She didn't run nearly as well when backing up within six days over a mile at Sandown last time.
Stepping back up a furlong in trip, and having been freshened up by a six-week break, I can see her taking a hand in the finish here, even if she is the lowest-rated filly in the race and 10lb shy of three of these on official ratings. It is a tough task, but I think there is more to come from her, though I would be worried if the ground continued to dry out.