Betfair Ambassador has a busy day of rides on Saturday at both Sandown and Chelmsford City including Arbalet, Intimation and Fastnet Tempest...
"The quick turnaround is the obvious worry, as is the fact the likes of Aljazzi and Nathra are very good horses, and a few others come here in good nick, too, with Tisbutadream running well for me in France last time. It’s a tough race but I think I have a decent chance if the race doesn’t come too soon for my filly."
Ryan Moore on Intimation (15:00 Sandown)
I won this race for the same connections when inching home on Aktabantay at Sandown a few years ago. This colt has plenty to find on the book, but this race has cut up a bit and he is bred for the part, being a Dark Angel out of a Moyglare winner, and he is improving.
He was brushed aside by Hey Gaman over 6f at Yarmouth but he took a step forward when winning over this trip at Redcar in July, and the runner-up won recently, I think. He clearly has to progress again to mix it with the likes of form horses Masar and Romanised, and some impressive last-time-out winners such as Connect.
I liked Purser when I rode him to win at Newbury recently and, while this is a big step up for him, he is a colt who you can expect to have learned a lot from his debut. He felt like a potential Group horse to me at Newbury. Vintager looked good on soft ground at Newmarket, but I think the one to beat in here is Romanised. He ran well after missing the kick in the Phoenix Stakes last time, and I think the step up to 7f will suit him.
I haven't won on her on the two occasions I have ridden her but, for all this looks a good, deep Group 3 with Duke Of Cambridge runner-up Aljazzi the stand-out on form, I do think we have a winning shot here. She rounded off last season with a clear-cut Listed win in Ireland and then reappeared over 1m at Goodwood in May, where she bumped into a very good filly in Laugh Aloud.
She was having her first start since when second to me on Rain Goddess over 1m1f at the Curragh on Sunday and, to be honest, I was probably lucky to win that. Intimation had to wait for a run at a vital stage, but flew home to be beaten just ½ length at the line.
And she could well improve past some higher-rated fillies. The softer the ground, the better for her. The quick turnaround is the obvious worry, as is the fact the likes of Aljazzi and Nathra are very good horses, and a few others come here in good nick, too, with Tisbutadream running well for me in France last time. It's a tough race but I think I have a decent chance if the race doesn't come too soon for my filly.
He was very progressive last season, admittedly from a lowly starting point of 64 - though his Bath defeat of Gawdawpalin off that mark was a pretty good effort, in hindsight - and his three wins included a course-and-distance success. He wasn't seen out this season until last week, when he ran okay when fourth at Yarmouth.
I know this is a quick turnaround, and as with Intimation that's a concern, but hopefully he will come on for the run and be competitive here. It looks a very deep and tough handicap, though.
His chance here clearly rests on his Goodwood second to Billesdon Brook last time, although his earlier form, including a run here, weren't bad. I wouldn't read too much into the winner coming out and winning a Group 3 last weekend but it certainly doesn't do the form any harm and, off just a 2lb higher mark, he has an obvious chance in a trappy little race.
We are all getting a lot of weight from the form horse Billy Dylan, penalised 12lb for his two wins, so that levels things up a fair bit. He clearly didn't run up to his best at Nottingham last time but his earlier seconds at Sandown and in France give him solid enough claims in a race that has cut up a lot. It is hard to split all five runners, though.
The form horses set a fair standard to aim at, but he gets weight from the winners, at least. I don't know anything about him other than his breeding, and a mile looks a good starting point for this Camelot colt out of a mare who won over middle distances.
This is a very competitive handicap, as you would expect for a £80k race. Things just didn't happen for him at Ascot last time, where we were drawn on the wrong side of the track, or in the Hunt Cup prior to that, but the handicapper has eased him 1lb and we know that he is a lot better than he has shown of late.
He is clearly a talented horse and if he takes to the surface on his all-weather debut then he is one of a few in here with a winning chance. He will need luck with his run-style in this 16-runner race, though, and hopefully the cheekpieces replacing the blinkers will help.
She looks to have improved to win at Kempton last time. I don't know if it was the first-time blinkers there, and they are left on today, but hopefully she can still be competitive off a 4lb higher mark.
I was on board when she won over course and distance last time. To be honest, I am not sure it was the strongest of races and she has gone up 4lb for it, but she did well to win there, clearly handles the track and trip, and I'd be hopeful there is more to come from her.