It's the penultimate day of the Royal meeting and here Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore, fresh from winning Thursday's two feature races, talks exclusively about his six booked rides on Friday afternoon...
17:35 Ascot - Landofhopeandglory
"I think this step up in trip is sure to suit him, and there is a fair bit of stamina in his pedigree, so hopefully he will go well."
14:30 Ascot - Cuff
I rode her when she finished a modest fourth on her debut and she didn't really know what she doing that day. But she has grown up very quickly, winning her maiden and then putting up a very impressive performance when taking a listed race at Naas last time by three lengths for me, showing a good turn of foot. The runner-up ran okay in the Windsor Castle on Tuesday but I think it would be best to concentrate on the progress of my filly, rather than that of others.
She is a filly on the up who impressed me last time, and I think she has a favourite's chance in this. I don't know what the weather is going to do but she has form with cut, and it was good ground when she won last time.
As ever, at Royal Ascot, there are no shortage of dangers, and you can take your pick from six or seven of the once-raced novice and maiden winners. But we set the clear form standard going into the race.
15:05 Ascot - Beacon Rock
This is always a pretty tough contest to call, but I'd say Beacon Rock probably just about sets the form standard in here - though not by much, admittedly - and I think he has probably been trained for the race, too. He showed solid form at two, when not beaten far in Group 2/3 company over a mile, and he has run well over 1m2f on his last two starts.
His fourth in the Derrinstown came in a messy race but we decided to make the running with him in the Gallinule last time and he did it well. That wouldn't have been the strongest Gallinule ever but he did it convincingly from the front and I'd say that the step up to 1m4f will suit, too. You have to give him a leading chance in a winnable race but, again, you can give four or five a chance.
15:40 Ascot - Washington DC
This race probably revolves around whether Quiet Reflection was as good as she looked when winning the Sandy Lane from Donjuan Triumphant at Haydock last time, especially in the absence of Acapulco. If she is, then we are all in trouble.
I'd personally be inclined to ignore Log Out Island's runaway win at Newbury last time but, that said, he clearly still has a chance on his earlier form. And perhaps the first-time hood really did improve him last time. Taneen steps up a good deal in class but he was impressive at Leicester last time, albeit from a mark of 89 in a handicap, Illuminate will benefit for the return to 6f and La Rioja will like it if we get any more rain.
I ride Washington DC, and he obviously knows this place well, having won the Windsor Castle for me last season. He disappointed here on softish ground in April, which is a worry, so he wants it to dry up. If it does then he has an each-way shot at his best, which he probably didn't run to when second for me at Naas last time.
16:20 Ascot - Alice Springs
If the ground is still riding on the soft ground by Friday afternoon then Jet Setting is obviously the one to beat. She is a filly who thrives in wet conditions and her defeat of Minding in the Irish 1,000 Guineas is clearly the outstanding single piece of form coming into this race. If she doesn't run her race for any reason, or the ground dries out, than there are a few in here that you can put up as alternatives.
Nemoralia would be the most obvious, as she was very impressive at York, but Nathra would be interesting with give in the ground, and you have to respect Qemah and Besharah on their placed form in the French 1,000 Guineas last time.
Alice Springs didn't run her race when running a bit flat for me in seventh there, but she wasn't beaten far and that was her third run in a relatively short space of time, and she has been given a month's break since.
She is filly that I have a lot of time for, having won on her last season, as well as finishing second in the Breeders Cup' Juvenile Fillies Turf on her, where she had Nemoralia just behind her. And if she returns to the form of her Guineas third - where Jet Setting was back in ninth - then you have to think she has a strong each-way chance at a price.
17:00 Ascot - Kings Fete
He was off for a long time with a tendon injury after a good 3yo career which saw him develop into a decent stayer and I thought that he made a very encouraging comeback when fifth over 1m2f at Goodwood last month. He would have needed that run to get the freshness out of him - he can be a bit keen - and the step up to 1m4f is very much in his favour.
I think a mark of 104 probably underplays his raw ability and I expect him to go well, but he meets some hardy and experienced handicappers in a big field and it's just a matter of whether he can cope with it. If he does, then he has definite chances, though his draw in 15 is not great.
17:35 Ascot - Landofhopeandglory
Aidan has a good record in this race and hopefully Landofhopeandglory can keep up the good work. He was a fair staying 2yo, when second in the 1m2f Zetland Stakes and second to Moonlight Magic in listed company, and he has run respectably in all three runs this season, his best effort probably coming in a fourth in the Lingfield Derby Trial.
I think this step up in trip is sure to suit him, and there is a fair bit of stamina in his pedigree, so hopefully he will go well. And he is probably one of the form horses coming into this race.
His stablemate Cole Porter wouldn't have an obvious form chance but he shaped as though he was worth trying at this sort of trip when winning a 1m4f maiden for me at Leopardstown on his reappearance. I know that the distaff side of his pedigree doesn't scream two miles, but I think the trainer knows what he is doing. In fact, Cole Porter has a very similar pedigree to last year's winner Aloft, in that he is by Galileo out of a much more speedily-bred mare.