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Ryan Moore: The verdict on my Saturday rides at Newbury

Ryan Moore partners Across The Stars in Saturday's Newbury Arc Trial
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Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore has seven rides at Newbury on Saturday including Nebo in the Mill Reef Stakes...

"But he has a progressive profile, so hopefully he can find the improvement necessary to figure here, and I like his draw in two. Actually, on reflection, I think he has a big chance"

Ryan Moore on Euginio - 15:25 Newbury

13:15 Newbury - Gronkowski

As is often the case with unraced 2yos, I don't know a lot about him as it stands. I am normally briefed when I get to the track. But he cost 300,000 guineas at the Breeze-Ups earlier in the year, so hopefully he can go a bit and 7f looks a decent starting point for him on pedigree.


13:45 Newbury - Baritone

The stable's 2yo are going really well this year, with a few winning first time out, and Baritone looks another nice prospect. He is a Camelot half-brother to a couple of good horses from the yard and, once again, this trip looks a sensible starting point for him. He goes okay at home. There are a few in here with decent maiden form, though, and I imagine the well-related Emaraaty could take a bit of beating if coming on from his promising Sandown debut.


14:15 Newbury - Across The Stars

This will take a lot more winning than your usual Group 3 and there are several in here who will be fancying their chances. My horse was a really good 3yo when winning the King Edward VII and finishing third in the Voltigeur, so it was good to see him getting back on track when second at Chester last week.

This is clearly a big step up in terms of class and depth of race, but this ground will suit him a lot better than Chester's heavy would have, and hopefully he can continue to progress now. The quick turnaround is a concern though, as is the stiffer level of opposition.


14:50 Newbury - Nebo

He has a bit to find with the form horses, but not too much. He didn't run up to his best in the Gimcrack last time but he won his maiden here and his earlier Group 2 seconds in the Superlative and Richmond Stakes clearly make him one of the leading contenders. I think Acomb third Lansky will go well in this; he shaped well at York.


15:25 Newbury - Euginio

He showed a good attitude to win in the soft at Doncaster last week, though it wasn't too bad that day and he has form in this type of ground, anyway. The problem is that this is a deeper race than Doncaster and the 5lb penalty he picked up for that head win makes life difficult for him. But he has a progressive profile, so hopefully he can find the improvement necessary to figure here, and I like his draw in two. Actually, on reflection, I think he has a big chance.


16:00 Newbury - Encore D'Or

He is another of my Saturday rides who makes a quick reappearance after winning at Doncaster last week. That was actually his first win away from the all-weather I think, but he won well enough. This is a much harder task for him and, realistically, he will need a career-best to probably even get into the frame in what looks a strong Group 3, but we will see.


16:35 Newbury - Daphne

I don't know how fit she will be on her reappearance but, knowing William, I imagine she will be straight enough. She ended last season with a gutsy win over 1m6f at Goodwood and she wasn't harshly treated in being raised only 2lb for it. She is related to some good winners, so hopefully there is more progression in her.

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