Ryan Moore: Exclusive thoughts on my six rides at Newmarket on 1,000 Guineas day

Ryan Moore riding Global Applause to victory at Newmarket two years ago
Ryan Moore (above) rides six at Newmarket on Saturday afternoon
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Ryan Moore discusses his six rides at Newmarket on Sunday afternoon, including an open 1,000 Guineas in which the Betfair ambassador rides the favourite against formidable opponents. Here are his thoughts on each race...

15:35 - Happily

"This is an open 1,000 Guineas but I think Happily just about deserves the favourite's tag on what she achieved at two, most notably her defeat of the colts in the Lagardere. Her experience and Group 1-winning ability should stand her in good stead."

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Adamant will relish longer trip

13:50 - Adamant

I was delighted with him when he was second over 1m2f at Newbury on his comeback recently, just failing to get up, and I think he has been crying out for this longer trip. He has gone up 4lb for that run, but I think there is a fair bit of potential for improvement now he steps up in distance. He should go very well, especially if there is any ease in the ground.

Decent ground and freshness give us a chance

14:20 - Tisbutadream

Wuheida is the obvious one to beat in here, even with her 5lb penalty, but this is a pretty competitive race all the same, even if it wouldn't be the strongest Group 2 in terms of class and depth. Tisbutadream wouldn't have an obvious chance at the weights but she seems to go well when fresh, 1m1f on decent ground suits, and you can argue that she signed off last season with an improved effort here.

Worthy favourite faces strong opponents

15:35 - Happily

I think this is an open 1,000 Guineas but I think Happily just about deserves the favourite's tag on what she achieved at two, most notably her defeat of the colts in the Lagardere. Her experience and Group 1-winning ability should stand her in good stead.

But you can make a case for a fair few in here, and I certainly liked what I saw of I Can Fly when she was third for me in the Guineas Trial at Leopardstown. I was pretty gentle on her in that heavy ground, and she should improve a good deal for the run and a quicker surface.

Soliloquy was a smooth winner of the Nell Gwyn but it was a steadily-run race and I am not sure of how strong that form is in terms of winning a 1,000 Guineas.

In fact, I liked Anna Nerium a lot more when she won the Free Handicap in a quicker time on the same card, and I think she is crying out for this trip. I can see her running a massive race, in fact.

I prefer her to the likes of Fred Darling winner Dan's Dream - I thought that was a modest race for its class - and I think Boussac winner Wild Illusion will be seen to better effect over further. Fellow Group 1 winner Laurens is rock solid though, on her 2yo form.

I wasn't sure if Liquid Amber was going to run. But I would be very scared of her now that she has been declared.

I rode the second, Ballet Shoes, when she won a Group 3 at the Curragh last summer, and I was very impressed with her as she swept by me. The form has turned out to be decent, too.

After her stablemate, Mary Tudor, won at Navan recently, there was some positive talk about her, too, and I reckon she is another with a massive shout at a decent price. She's a good filly, but hopefully not as good as mine.

Mystery two-year-old...

16:10 - Coca Cheval

I don't know much about her but Richard looks like he is getting going with his 2yos and hopefully she can go a bit, too. I don't know a great deal, sorry.

Model must stand up to high-class fillies

16:45 - Model

She was a fair 2yo and has run a couple of respectable races so far this season, including over this trip at Sandown last time. But she meets some potentially high-class fillies here, notably the likes of Newbury winner Lah Ti Dar, so I think she has to step forward here.

Drying ground a bonus for final ride of the day

17:20 - Regimented

He got pulled out when I was meant to ride him at Sandown recently, and what I said there stands here. I thought he stuck on pretty well after I pressed ahead from the start here on his reappearance, and hopefully the run will have brought him on. He would appreciate the drying ground I think, especially when contesting this 1m2f trip, and he has come down 1lb in the weights.

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