Ryan Moore has another full book of rides on day three at Royal Ascot and he has some leading chances, including one on Fleeting in the Ribblesdale...
"...upped in trip in the Oaks, she ran a superb race and probably wouldn't have been that far off winning with an uninterrupted run."
- Ryan Moore on Fleeting
Big run expected from well-graded juvenile
14:30 - Mount Fuji
We have a couple of fair cracks at this race with the experienced King Of Neptune and Mount Fuji. I didn't ride my mount when he made a winning debut over 5f on fast ground at Cork last month, but he did well to defy inexperience to score there and he is well-regarded. He is a half-brother to a Phoenix Stakes winner and we are expecting a big run, for all he clearly needs to progress a good deal from that debut effort and this is yet another wide-open juvenile race at this meeting.
Hoping for a Good run from Cape
15:05 - Cape Of Good Hope
A draw in one always presents its dilemmas but I'd like to think he has a fair bit going for him. I said in this column before his run in the French Derby that I thought he would have gone well at Epsom had he taken his chance there, as I was impressed by him in his Blue Riband win there in April, but we went to Chantilly and he was then drawn on the outside in 13. Not great. In the circumstances then, I think you had to be satisfied with his fourth there and hopefully there is a bit more to come from him. He is a brother to Highland Reel and Idaho, and he has a pretty good chance.
Superb Oaks run makes her the one to beat
15:40 - Fleeting
She is the one to beat after her Epsom performance. She was very good at two when winning the May Hill but just didn't fire in the 1000 Guineas on her reappearance, for whatever reason. But, upped in trip in the Oaks, she ran a superb race and probably wouldn't have been that far off winning with an uninterrupted run. It's always tough backing up from Epsom to Ascot, though plenty have done it, but she looks a deserved favourite.
We can run well but Stradivarius is a solid fav
16:20 - Flag Of Honour
I actually think he would have run well over 1m4f in the Hardwicke had he gone there, as he has not looked short of pace in his efforts over 1m2f against Magical, but of course he is an Irish St Leger winner and he ran really when fourth over 2m here behind Stradivarius in October. If he stays this longer trip, then he has everything you look for in a winner of this race. But, then again, Stradivarius is about as solid and hard-to-beat as you can get in a Gold Cup favourite. There are plenty of others to be worried about too, with the likes of Cross Counter and Capri in here.
Hoping for more progress from lightly-raced colt
17:00 - Dunkirk Harbour
You don't need me to tell you what a hard race this is to call. But this colt won his maiden really well at Dundalk and he clearly took a big step forward when fourth to Hazapour in a Group 3 at Leopardstown last month. Whether that was too big a leap, ratings-wise, with this handicap in mind, is another matter, but he has improved for the blinkers in his last two starts and hopefully this lightly-raced colt can progress again. If he does, he is right there, but a draw in 30 may not prove to be ideal.
Should go close but decent ground would be better
17:35 - Constantinople
He comes here on the back of a Group 3 win in the Gallinule over 1m2f last time, and I would hope there is more to come from him, given this step up in trip. His pedigree suggests we will see him improve for it, as he is a full-brother to Bondi Beach. I can see him going close, as he has plenty of class, but I suppose you would want to see as decent ground as possible for him, from what we have seen so far anyway, though Bondi Beach handled cut well.