Ryan Moore at Royal Ascot: The verdict on my six booked rides on Ladies Day
It's Ladies Day at Royal Ascot and here Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore talks exclusively about his full book of six rides on the day, including the plum ride on Order Of St George in the Ascot Gold Cup...
"Fast ground is no problem for him and, for all there are a few worthy rivals in here, he comes into the race as the best horse."
14:30 - Sioux Nation
He looks to have a fair bit to find on what he has shown so far. I have ridden him twice on ground he probably didn't like - namely with a bit of an ease in it - but he has decent form on a faster surface.
He didn't enjoy the soft ground at all in the Marble Hill last time but his earlier second to Brother Bear at Leopardstown puts him in the reckoning here. He still needs to improve, though the quicker surface will suit as he is a big, beautiful horse with a good action.
15:05 - Orderofthegarter
I have a lot of time for Mirage Dancer as I, like everyone else, saw how well he shaped in fourth behind Cliffs Of Moher in the Dee Stakes. He impressed me when I rode him to win at Doncaster last season.
They have taken a patient approach with him and it could pay dividends but my colt has shown a much better level of form as it stands and I thought he was very unlucky in the French Derby last month. Well, unfortunate not to finish a lot closer anyway, as he continually got no run up the rail.
He had earlier beaten Taj Mahal, who finished about a length or so ahead of him in France in that messy race, at Leopardstown and you have to give him a serious chance in what is obviously a competitive renewal of this contest. He ran well on fast ground on his debut.
15:40 - Alluringly
I'll be honest. I do think Mori is the one to beat in here. I know a lot of people focus on her pedigree but they'd be better off looking at her progressive profile, as she is learning about racing all the time and has a good attitude, and she did it really well for me at Goodwood. There is plenty more to come from her, and she is a filly I rate.
But Alluringly has achieved more to date in finishing second at Chester and third in the Oaks, albeit at a respectful distance at Epsom, and she is a very classy filly in her own right. But this will be the quickest ground she has faced, and this is no two-runner race, as no end of their rivals are unexposed and on the up.
16:20 - Order Of St George
Everyone knows what this horse brings to the table. He is a proper Group 1 horse, from middle distances upwards on any ground, and he was at his devastating best when winning this race last season. He was well below-par when beaten by Torcedor first time up at Navan in April but he teed himself up nicely for this when winning at Leopardstown last month.
Fast ground is no problem for him and, for all there are a few worthy rivals in here, he comes into the race as the best horse. But it does look a race with some depth, though, and on official figures he doesn't have that much in hand of a couple of these.
17:00 - City Of Joy
He is a horse I liked at two and obviously nothing he has done this season has taken me away from that view. He won what I thought was a strong Doncaster handicap first time out and then defied a 5lb rise in the weights to beat a progressive horse in Tricorn at Chelmsford last time. He has gone up another 5lb but I'd like to think that his improvement hasn't stopped there, and he has winning fast-ground form. With luck in running, I'd expect him to be thereabouts.
17:35 - Homesman
I sat on him for the first time when winning the Gallinule over 1m2f at the Curragh last month. He was blinkered for the first time there, and that win came with cut, so these are very different conditions. But he does have fast-ground form and he showed a very willing attitude at the Curragh, and it all depends whether he has class to win this off top weight stepping back up in trip. The distance is the main question mark for me in a competitive race like this, for all he won his maiden over an extended 1m3f.