Ryan Moore: The verdict on my five rides on day one of the Craven Meeting

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Ryan is hoping course and distance winner Medieval can go well at Newmarket again
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Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore begins the Craven Meeting with five rides including a potential Derby candidate in Kew Gardens...

"...hopefully he can develop into a Derby candidate this season. But let’s get this race out of the way first and it is a competitive one at that, and he does have a 3lb penalty to carry."

Ryan Moore on Kew Gardens

Prevent should benefit from better ground

13:50 Newmarket - Prevent

I rode him first time out in what was clearly pretty testing ground at Doncaster last month. I thought he shaped pretty well for me there, and I just kept him up to his work in the ground late on when he was getting tired. I think you can expect him to come on a good deal for the experience on this better ground.

Too early to comment on Beethoven potential

15:00 Newmarket - Van Beethoven

I probably know as much about him as you at the moment, but he is clearly a very well-related Scat Daddy colt. Whether he will want faster ground in the future, I guess we will soon see, but hopefully he will be straight enough to do himself justice.

The two juveniles that Aidan has run so far were both placed in the same race, but it is clearly far too early to be making any comment on how forward the youngsters are at this stage.

Improvement to come but Purser the one to beat

15:35 Newmarket - Accessor

It looks like he won well enough with a bit of cut in the ground at Leicester last season. He clearly looks a decent sort but he meets some much higher-rated horses here, and Purser has had benefit of a run, too.

That was a fair fourth to Gronkowski at Newcastle and he is probably the one to beat, even with his 7lb penalty. But hopefully my colt has plenty of improvement in him.

Kew Gardens out to make his Derby case

16:45 Newmarket- Kew Gardens

He improved with each run last season and I was pretty impressed by him when he won the Zetland Stakes impressively here at the back-end, beating a fair sort in Dee Ex Be easily enough.

That came on good ground but he won his maiden and ran well in the Beresford on soft, and hopefully he can develop into a Derby candidate this season. But let's get this race out of the way first and it is a competitive one at that, and he does have a 3lb penalty to carry. Obviously, a lot will depend on fitness levels here, too.

Hopeful Medieval can shine at HQ again

17:20 Newmarket- Medieval

I haven't sat on him before, but he was a smart two-year-old, fourth in a Coventry, who saved his best until last when winning over course and distance here in October. The first-time cheekpieces that he wore there stay on here, and he does have form with a bit of dig, too, by the looks of it. Hopefully, he is forward enough to run well and go close.

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