Ryan Moore has four rides on an excellent card at Naas on Sunday including Saxon Warrior in the Beresford Stakes which Aidan O'Brien has won 16 times...
"But of course this Deep Impact colt is an exciting prospect and hopefully Aidan can win his seventh straight Beresford. He has won this race with some good colts in the past, most recently Capri last year."
Ryan Moore on Saxon Warrior - 17:00 Naas
He certainly looks the part on breeding, being by Galileo out of the Matron Stakes winner Red Evie, and therefore a brother to Found among others. But Aidan also runs two other Galileo debutants in here, and this is a 15-runner newcomers' race, so it will simply be a matter of who is clued up the most. And that isn't easy to predict, and obviously we don't know who will handle the soft ground, too.
Aidan looks to hold a strong hand in this race with Sizzling and Ballet Shoes. I ride the former who won her maiden on soft ground and ran really well for me when a close fourth in the May Hill recently. She looks to hold solid, winning claims in this Group 3, but there are some decent, unexposed fillies ranged against her.
Quiet Reflection is the one to beat in here if straight enough after her absence but, if she needs it, then this Group 3 is up for grabs. Alphabet comes firmly into the reckoning after her seemingly much -improved second to Caravaggio in the Flying Five at the Curragh last time, and the ground and the extra furlong are no problems for her.
A lot of people were getting carried away after his debut win at the Curragh last month, and he was undoubtedly very impressive there. I rode in the race and he did look good from where I was sitting, but you have to remember the runner-up has been beaten twice since and this well tell us a lot more about him.
And this looks a decent race, too; his two stablemates finished placed in a Group 3 last time, where Riyazan was behind in fourth and are promising colts in their own right, while Warm The Voice is experienced and progressive. And it will probably be a bit softer here for my colt than it was at the Curragh. But of course this Deep Impact colt is an exciting prospect and hopefully Aidan can win his seventh straight Beresford. He has won this race with some good colts in the past, most recently Capri last year.