Ryan Moore: The thoughts on my seven Thursday rides at Newmarket
It's day one of the three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting at Newmarket, and here with his views on his seven rides on the afternoon is Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore...
"I liked him when I won on him at Sandown last year, and he is just 1lb higher here on a track on which he has won twice. You can make a good case for him."
- Ryan Moore on Greenside
13:50 - Constantinople
I didn't ride him on his debut at Leopardstown last month, or in the race itself, so I can't tell you a great deal. But the winner is obviously a very smart prospect and the form has generally worked out well. If he comes forward as expected, he will hopefully be in the shake-up, but who knows what you are up against in here.
New mark the big unknown
14:25 - Mordred
He has been tried in Group company and had some decent novice form earlier in the season, but he probably put up his best effort when not beaten far in a sales race at Doncaster last time. The step up to a mile shouldn't be a problem and it is just a matter of whether being raised to a mark of 92 after that last run is justified. I don't know, to be honest.
July course form gives us hope
15:00 - Time To Exceed
She hasn't figured in Listed races in Ireland and Germany on her last two starts but this looks a more realistic assignment for her. A reproduction of her second to a subsequent winner on the July course puts her in with every chance.
Nice progression made in recent starts
15:35 - Cardini
I believe he was well thought-of earlier in the season, and he is now beginning to come to himself, as so many of Aidan's youngsters do as they gain racing experience and confidence. He stepped forward on earlier efforts when third in the Champagne Stakes last time, behind two very good horses, and you have to be positive about his chances given his recent progression. He has come on a fair bit since I last sat on him at Royal Ascot.
Another good run in this race expected
16:10 - Nearly Caught
A tricky race to call. Nearly Caught has won in Group 2 company and is highly effective in this grade, winning three times in Listed company and finishing a narrow second in France in July on the back of his Sandown win. He carries a 3lb penalty against some higher-rated opposition here, but he was a good second in this race last season and holds a solid claim nonetheless.
Career best needed but he's in form
16:45 - Byron Flyer
I liked his attitude when I finished second on him at Doncaster last season and he has come right back to form on his last three starts, beating Star Of The East over this trip at that track last time. He has gone back up to his career-high mark of 98, which makes life tough, but he is in form and conditions will suit, though he clearly stays further.
Good case can be made for course winner
17:20 - Greenside
We haven't seen him for a while but the handicapper has dropped him 3lb in his absence. If he is fit and straight enough, and he has gone well and won after a break before, then he has a pretty good chance. I liked him when I won on him at Sandown last year, and he is just 1lb higher here on a track on which he has won twice. You can make a good case for him.