Day three of the Royal meeting sees Ryan Moore take a further six rides, including one on the strong favourite in the feature race, the Ascot Gold Cup. Read the Betfair Ambassador's exclusive thoughts here...
"The step up to 1m4f looks sure to suit this half-sister to Simple Verse and I would be pretty confident of her running a big race. I do rate her."
14:30 Ascot - Peace Envoy
His only defeat so far came on soft ground at the Curragh but I don't think the going beat him that day. The winner is simply a very smart colt who won impressively next time. We stepped Peace Envoy up to 6f next time and he knuckled down well to get the better of Lundy at Naas. His experience will stand him in good stead here, and the ability to last home and stay 6f, and his proven ability on the ground, is a big bonus on what will clearly be a testing 5f.
I obviously know Global Applause well and he and Woodcote winner Legendary Lunch set the form standard - no, in fact Global Applause sets the clear form standard on his own, and Mehmas franked his Sandown form in the Coventry - but Silver Line won his maiden well and Wesley Ward has one in here, too.
15:05 Ascot - Long Island Sound
Is unproven on ground this testing and over the trip, but hopefully he has an each-way chance in a race full of largely unexposed 3yos. He only made his racecourse debut at the beginning of April, but he is now three from three over a mile after winning twice at Dundalk and when scoring at Killarney last time. That would be a pretty low-key lead-up for any horse coming into this race, let alone one of Aidan's, so clearly he has a lot of faith in the horse.
So while he has a lot to prove and a fair bit to find on form, then you have to respect his chances, and Seamie was apparently impressed with him last time. This is a far biggest test, though. The boss's Abdon is a good horse, and I expect him to run well.
15:40 Ascot - Even Song
If Architecture is in the same form as she was when second to Minding in the Oaks, then she is clearly the one to beat. She sets the standard that we all have to pass. But I'd be pretty hopeful that Even Song can give her a race.
This will be the softest ground that she has encountered but she won with a bit of cut when winning her 1m maiden at Leopardstown last season and I was pretty taken with her when I rode her in the Pretty Polly over 1m2f at Newmarket. Things didn't go to plan there and she met plenty of trouble in running, but she finished her race off really well, and with a clearer run I think I may have given the winner something to think about, even though we were beaten six lengths.
The step up to 1m4f looks sure to suit this half-sister to Simple Verse and I would be pretty confident of her running a big race. I do rate her.
I also think Queen's Trust has a fair each-way chance, too; she is a good, improving filly and I was very happy with her at Newbury last time and she will appreciate the step up in trip.
16:20 Ascot - Order of St George
I have actually only ridden him once, when he was touched off by Bondi Beach in the Curragh Cup, but he has obviously progressed into a leading stayer since, winning four from four. His stand-out form performance is clearly his 11-length win in the Irish St Leger, which makes him the one to beat, and we know that he handles soft ground well and I wouldn't have thought the longer trip would be a problem, though you never know.
I suppose you could say that he hasn't had the ideal preparation, and this race comes less than a fortnight after his easy comeback win at Leopardstown, but you have to be very positive about his chances. He is an exciting stayer with plenty of class.
I do respect a few of the opposition though, and Max Dynamite is one of those. He needed the run when I rode him to finish third to Pallasator at Sandown on his return and if he is back in the same form that he was when he beat Mizzou so easily at York last season, or his Melbourne Cup second, then he is a serious threat, make no mistake.
Flying Officer has chances if settling, Mizzou did it well in the Sagaro Stakes here on his return here and Clever Cookie will like the ground. To sum it up, Order Of St George deserves to be favourite but this will not be an easy race to win.
17:00 Ascot - Out And About
I rode him when he won at Haydock last month, his first run since being gelded I think, and I was pretty impressed. He has gone up 8lb for that length win, but I wouldn't be too worried about that. I thought he won well from an improver in second, and the third came out and won last week, too.
You don't know how he will handle the easier ground - you can't tell anything from his debut run on it - and there are no end of potential dangers in this far deeper race, but he is clearly unexposed, lightly-raced and progressive and I give him a fair chance.
17:35 Ascot - Platitude
Finished second in soft ground here last year, if only a four-runner listed race, and made an encouraging return to action when fourth in the Dee Stakes. The handicapper upped him 2lb for that, but hopefully the step up in trip will allow him to overcome that rise. Certainly, on pedigree, it should suit as he is a half-brother to the 1m4f soft-ground winner Model Pupil and his dam won over 1m6f, also on testing ground.
So if he handles ground conditions as well as his relatives then you would have to give him a fair chance at a price in another competitive handicap. The obvious, and considerable, negative is his draw in 18, though.
His stablemate Shraaoh has a leading chance, as well, and Lovell ran a very good race when second to me on Stargazer at Sandown in April. That is strong form. I rode The Major General to win his maiden and he improved again to win next time. So you would have to give him a shout in an open race, too.