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Ryan Moore at Royal Ascot: Views on my six Saturday rides including Limato

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After landing a double on Friday, Ryan Moore heads into Day 5 with a further six chances to win. Here is the Betfair Ambassador's exclusive verdict on the chances of each...

If Limato is on his A-game, and gets luck in running in this 19-runner race, then he is certainly the one to beat, and he has excellent course form, too.

14:30 - September

I wasn't on board when she won at Leopardstown earlier in the month, so I don't have a first-hand view of her. But she was clearly very impressive when beating experienced horses there, and to do that on her debut - Aidan tends to leave a fair bit to work on with his juveniles - marks her out as potentially very smart. We shall know more here, but this is quicker ground and a different test, so let's not get carried away just yet.


15:05 - Ayrad

He is a pretty smart horse on his day but unfortunately his handicap mark reflects that, so he has no easy task. I actually think this may be his first run in a handicap - and it's certainly the first time I have ridden him - but I suppose he has earned his mark of 109 judged on the likes of his Sandown Listed win, and his second to Kings Fete, last season.


15:40 - Dartmouth

I see the bookmakers have put Dartmouth in around 2/1 favourite for this race, but I think this perhaps has far more depth to it than those odds suggests. The likes of Idaho and Wings Of Desire, and Across The Stars, to name just three, are very strong contenders if at their best. But Dartmouth won the race last year, and did it well for me when beating Simple Verse in the Yorkshire Cup on his reappearance, and he does like it here. He has strong claims, undoubtedly.


16:20 - Limato

He wouldn't have liked the rain-softened ground in Dubai last time, but he has been given a nice break since and will hopefully get the faster conditions that he enjoys here. I have ridden him once before, when second in a Foret, and he is top-class on his day, as he showed when winning that race last year and the July Cup. If he is on his A-game, and gets luck in running in this 19-runner race, then he is certainly the one to beat, and he has excellent course form, too. But The Tin Man is a Group 1 winner in his own right and Tasleet was very impressive when beating Magical Memory in the Duke Of York, so they are just two very credible dangers. Three, if you include Magical Memory, who shaped quite well himself at York.


17:00 - Raucous

He is very talented, but he isn't straightforward. He was gelded before winning on his return at Chelmsford for me in April and he did step up on that win when fourth at Windsor last time. But I think first-time blinkers, replacing the cheekpieces, could be a good move for him. And a very strongly-run 6f could suit him, too. You don't need me to tell you how competitive this race is, though.


17:35 - US Army Ranger

This looks a very strong renewal. US Army Ranger clearly ran very disappointingly, when I thought he would go well at a price, in the Coronation Cup last time. I don't know what went wrong there - perhaps the delay in travelling unsettled him - but what I do know is that he had earlier run really well for when just touched off by Western Hymn in the Ormonde Stakes. From a form perspective that puts him up there as one of the horses to beat in here, and if he stays then he has to be a major player. And if Thomas Hobson turns out in the same form that he was in when winning the Ascot Stakes for me on Tuesday then he is clearly, too. Simenon did the staying double for Willie in 2012, and I think Thomas Hobson is the one to beat here, to be honest.

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