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After a winning start on Wednesday, Ryan Moore returns to Chester on Thursday for Day 2 of the May Meeting with three rides. Here is his take on their chances...

Chester 14:25 - Rostropovich will enjoy the ground

This is a very tight-knit Dee Stakes, and six of these have very similar claims. We have two in here, and both have decent enough draws. Kenya is obviously one of those but his 5lb penalty for his Group 3 win will make it tough for him, and he clearly needs to leave the form of his reappearance well behind.

Like Rostropovich, his best form has come on a lot softer ground, too, but this is his first
start on a decent surface, so we don't how he will handle it. Maybe he will love it and, being a Galileo, the step up in trip ought to suit.

My mount Rostropovich won his maiden on good ground and I was happy enough with him when he finished fourth on heavy ground at Longchamp last month. He will be suited by returning to better ground, and he doesn't carry a penalty for his Futurity win for me last season.

He is another one stepping up a good deal in trip, but hopefully he will see it out well
enough.

Chester 15:35 - Idaho will be the horse to beat

He obviously sets the form standard here. He was in superb form last summer, winning the Hardwicke and finishing third in the King George, and he is definitely the horse to beat if in that kind of mood.

He went on his travels after those excellent Ascot runs and performed with credit, especially
his fifth in the Japan Cup. I think he will be sharper for his run in what was a good Sheema Classic, and I think the trip will be fine for him.

Chester 16:35 - Christopher Robin has every chance

This looks a hot little handicap, and we could have been drawn better. Although he was last on his reappearance for me, I didn't think he shaped too badly there on what was clearly very testing ground.

If you look at his form last season, his best run came on good ground when he chased home Nelson on his debut and I'd be hopeful he will see this trip out OK. And a mark of 81 gives him chances on that Nelson run.

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