Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore heads back from Saratoga for no less than five rides at the Curragh including US Navy Flag and the promising Ballet Shoes...
"This looks a good opportunity for Rain Goddess to finally get off the mark for the season. She has been locking horns with some Group 1 fillies of late, and she didn’t run badly from a wide draw in America last time."
13:30 - Christopher Robin
Aidan also runs Camelot and Deep Impact newcomers in this but I ride Christopher Robin, who shaped well over 1m at Leopardstown on his debut against an experienced stablemate. He is a Camelot himself and you'd be hopeful he'd come on enough from that first run to have winning claims here. But Port Lions has a similar level of form and you never know what you will be bumping into in these maidens.
14:00 - Ballet Shoes
Not a lot to say really other than this Galileo filly looked very good at Tipperary last time and clearly has the best form coming into the race. This will be the first time I have ridden her but she looks a decent prospect and won her maiden over course and distance. Black Sails could give her most to do, though I thought Liquid Amber ran a nice race when second here last week.
14:35 - US Navy Flag
This is another juvenile who has the best form credentials as it stands, and has followed up his maiden win here with a second in the July Stakes and a fourth in the Phoenix Stakes. Nothing else in here can match that level of ability at the moment, though obviously Landshark looked good at Leopardstown recently and looks a fair prospect himself, as do one or two others.
This looks a good opportunity for Rain Goddess to finally get off the mark for the season. She has been locking horns with some Group 1 fillies of late, and she didn't run badly from a wide draw in America last time. The worry is that this is quite a quick turnaround from that run just a fortnight ago, but she appears a tough sort who takes her racing well and if she runs to form she could prove pretty hard to beat, for all that she doesn't have a great deal in hand form-wise against the older fillies. Intimation hasn't been seen since May but she is a very smart filly who has been going well at home; she could prove troublesome. My filly obviously stays 1m4f but she had the pace to finish second in a Sandringham over a mile, so this 1m1f trip should be okay.
17:30 - Bond Street
He probably ran a bit below-par when fifth here over 6f last week but the step back up to 7f could suit, and a mark of 86 is probably fair considering his earlier efforts against class horses. Not generous, but fair.