Ryan Moore: Magical the one to beat in the Prince of Wales'

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Ryan Moore has a strong book of six rides on day two at Royal Ascot

Ryan Moore returns after a winning start to Royal Ascot with a look ahead to his six rides on day two, including a strong chance on Magical in the Prince of Wales's...

"Obviously, she meets a better class of opponent here, but I think it is fair to say she is the one to beat."

- Ryan Moore on Magical

Big run expected from exciting filly

14:30 - Tango

I haven't ridden her before but she shaped really well when second on her debut at the Curragh - I finished a place behind her that day - and she did what she was entitled to do at Navan last time when winning easily. She is a nice filly and I expect her to go very well, though with 27 similarly promising and unexposed types ranged against her, you don't need me to tell you how competitive this looks and how much track position - and she is drawn 2 of 28 - and luck will play a part.

Stamina test set to suit

15:05 - Norway

He was a good staying 2yo, winning the Zetland, and you have to think this greater test of stamina at 1m6f will suit him. He was no match for Sir Dragonet at Chester but he needed it there - and there was no disgrace in finishing second to that horse, anyway - and I think he took a step forward when eighth in the Derby. He was beaten only 7 lengths in the end, despite being swamped by speedier types in the closing stages, and that just about makes him the form pick here.

Mind you, Western Australia seemed to really appreciate the step up to 1m5f when winning at Navan last time and there would be very little between the pair. In fact, you would probably have to say that Western Australia was probably the better juvenile on his Doncaster third to Magna Grecia and Phoenix Of Spain.

The one to beat in race of the meeting

15:40 - Magical

Even without last year's Derby winner Masar in the line-up, this is the race of the meeting, and by some distance, too. My filly really blossomed at the back-end, winning her Group 1 over 1m4f here and then giving Enable a real race in the Breeders' Cup Turf. She is hard-fit after winning her three races this season, saving her most impressive performance for her 7-length Tattersalls Gold Cup win last time.

Obviously, she meets a better class of opponent here, but I think it is fair to say she is the one to beat.


Sea Of Class is the unknown in some respects though, as we don't know her limit as yet. She was very good in the Yorkshire Oaks and you have to say she was unlucky not to win the Arc. But I think the Enable that beat her at Longchamp was not as good as the Enable that beat me in America. She is clearly a top-class opponent, and fair play to her if she can win this first-time-out.

Crystal Ocean is rock-solid and I have been very impressed with him this season. Like Magical, he has had the ideal prep, loves it around here, and is actually the highest-rated in the field, though of course the fillies get the sex allowance. I'd prefer his claims to the likes of Waldgeist, even though he probably put up a career-best in the Ganay last time and is trained by a master, but I do rate Zabeel Prince as well. It's just the kind of race that you want to be riding in.

Strong chance in competitive heat

16:20 - I Can Fly

A very competitive Duke Of Cambridge. While my filly is the highest-rated in the field, a 3lb penalty for her Group 2 win at Leopardstown last September evens it up with a few of these, and again I am drawn on the flank in two. But we saw her Group 1-class when she ran Roaring Lion to a neck in the QEII in October and she has run good races in defeat at Newbury and the Curragh on her last two starts.

If she runs up to her best, then she is definitely the one to beat, for all this race does have a fair bit of depth this year, and certainly plenty of numbers. I have a lot of time for a few in here though, and Rawdaa and Veracious are two I obviously know well and would respect after their good performances last time.

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Rain would help our chances

17:00 - Seniority

He really bumped into one at Epsom last time, where the winner, Gossiping, fairly bolted up. So he comes here in fair form and he ran well when eighth in this race last season, not beaten far behind the impressive winner, and his chances would increase if we got no more rain. You would have to suspect that he could be weighted up to his best now though, and vulnerable to less-exposed improvers like New Graduate.

You can obviously make a case for loads of these but I suggested this race to connections after Robin Of Navan ran in the Earl Of Sefton. He clearly got no run last time and he is well-handicapped, but he will need the race to go right for him.

Progressive but wide draw an unknown

17:35 - Southern Hills

Whether or not being drawn 24 or 24 is very good or very bad news, I guess we will have to wait and find out. But he wasn't disgraced in hot company in Listed company on his debut and then went down by only a neck against a fair sort at Navan last time, after travelling well and looking set to win when taking it up. He has the pedigree and hopefully he will progress again with his racing.

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