Ryan Moore: The verdict on Rhododendron in the French Oaks on Sunday

Ryan rides Rhododendron at Chantilly (above) on Sunday
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Ryan Moore is off to Chantilly for the French Oaks on Sunday afternoon and here the jockey explains why he believes his horse is the best in the race...

"I know I am on a top-class filly and the best horse going into the race."

15:05 - Chantilly


This looks a French Oaks with a fair bit of depth to it and you always need a lot of luck around here, especially with 16 runners. But my draw in 11 could have been worse, I suppose, and I know I am on a top-class filly and the best horse going into the race. I think the simple fact of the matter is that she has bumped into two exceptional fillies this season. We will never know what would have happened if she had a clear run in the Guineas, but we all saw what Winter did at the Curragh afterwards, while I think Enable was a very good winner of the Oaks.

Whether or not this proves to be my horse's optimum trip we shall see, but she has the pace for a mile and the stamina for 1m4f, so it shouldn't be an issue. The quick turnaround after Epsom may be, but I doubt Aidan would be running her here if he wasn't 100 percent sure of her well-being and, like I said, she brings the best form into the race. You can't argue with that.

Of course, the likes of Shutter Speed and Terrakova have the potential to progress to her level, and have to be respected, but it would probably be a mistake to just label this a three-runner race, as the betting is suggesting. There are six other last time out winners in this field, Group winners too, and plenty of those are from the top stables, with Toulouse winner Onthemoonagain catching my eye.

If Epsom hasn't left its mark on my filly, and if she's granted a fair passage, I do think I am the one to beat, though. For all that she has been beaten twice this season, she is good.

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