Ryan Moore: The views on my seven rides on day three of the St Leger Festival
It's a busy one for Ryan Moore at the penultimate day of the St Leger Festival. Get the lowdown on his seven rides here...
"His earlier efforts at Nottingham and Sandown would appear to give him a solid chance in a race in which conditions - 1m2f and probably good ground with a bit of ease - seem ideal for him."
- Ryan Moore on Jack Regan
Improvement needed for versatile filly
13:50 - Hence
She ran well to finish third off a mark of 105 at Listowel on Monday, and she clearly takes her racing well. She steps down a couple of furlongs here but she had form over 6f/7f earlier in the season, and the rain was probably a positive, though she does go on any ground. She may need to improve a bit to beat the likes of Anna Nerium and Laugh Aloud, mind you.
Sprinting her trip but a bit more needed
14:25 - Gossamer Wings
She didn't run her race in a messy Duchess Of Cambridge, but she has proved a consistent and classy sprinting juvenile since her debut. She was only just touched off in the Queen Mary and she did well at the weights when chasing home Indigo Balance, who also runs here, at the Curragh last time. Five furlongs looks her trip for now, and she has each-way claims here, for all she needs to improve a fair amount to beat the likes of form horses Rumble Inthejungle and Soldiers Call, to name just two of the opposition.
Shorter trip on better ground should suit
15:00 - Speedo Boy
He was pulled out of Haydock on Saturday due to the heavy ground, but hopefully he will handle the conditions here. He has gone up 5lb for his two recent efforts, but at least he comes here in good form and the slight step back down in trip shouldn't be an issue.
Big run expected from Thomas
15:35 - Thomas Hobson
He has won here in the past and finished second to an on-song Desert Skyline in this race last season, so hopefully he is the pick of the Willie Mullins trio. He didn't fire as expected at Royal Ascot on his first start since his Melbourne Cup sixth, but it was a bit more like it in the Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh last time. If he can build on that run, and this week's rain is a plus, then he should be going close. Algometer probably looks the main danger on his Longchamp second for me in July, though he didn't run up to that form at Newbury last time.
Smart prospect for one we've always liked
16:05 - Sangarius
He is a juvenile we have always liked in the yard and I thought he looked pretty good when winning his novice on the July course recently. Okay, the runner-up was well beaten next time, but I would concentrate on what he did there, rather than what others have done since. He's a smart prospect. But no-one should be getting carried away just yet; he meets a decent set of juveniles here on different ground to what he faced at Newmarket.
Boy can bounce back from disappointing Ripon run
17:10 - Shanghai Boy
He clearly ran no sort of race at Ripon last time. Whether it was the track position on the far side or he just had an off-day, I have no idea, but the handicapper has ignored it and left him on the same mark. He has hinted that he has a good sprint handicap in him on a couple of occasions, and he ran well at Newmarket last month, so hopefully he can give a better account of himself here. A bit of ease in the ground seems to suit him, too.
Conditions ideal for Jack
17:45 - Jack Regan
He probably ran a bit below his recent level at Goodwood last time, but at least he drops back in class from that 0-100 handicap off a 2lb lower mark. His earlier efforts at Nottingham and Sandown would appear to give him a solid chance in a race in which conditions - 1m2f and probably good ground with a bit of ease - seem ideal for him.
Minimum Bet Guarantee
Betfair's 'minimum bet guarantee' on all Class 1 and 2 races in the UK and Ireland - which means all customers are able to bet to win a minimum of £500 - has been extended to cover ALL races at the following tracks this week:
Fri 14 Doncaster, Listowel & Salisbury
Sat 15 Doncaster, Leopardstown, Chester, Chelmsford & Listowel
Sun 16 The Curragh & Ffos Las