Ryan Moore: Verdicts on all my runners at Sandown's Brigadier Gerard evening meeting
Ryan has runners in all but the last race on Sandown's high-quality Thursday night card. Read about all of them here...
"Poet's Word has everything in his favour."
Sandown may suit Stormingin
He had shown all his form on good or softer when with previous trainers but he seemed to handle quicker ground okay when second on his debut for the old man at Brighton last month. The winner has been beaten since and he has gone up 1lb for that defeat, but maybe this course will suit him better and he was rated higher in his early days in Ireland.
A handful of positives for Wedding Date
The form of her Brighton second on debut was given a boost when the winner followed up next time, but she clearly took a big step forward herself when winning at Chester. She won decisively from a fair sort there, and she fully deserves a shot at this company after that impressive success. She did especially well to come from off the pace - she got squeezed at the start and had to come around the outside - from her midfield draw there. The stable have an excellent record in this race, too. Her draw could have been better, though, and this is clearly a much tougher race than Chester.
Hot renewal but Regal has a chance
He's a well-related Intello colt who clearly made a highly satisfactory start to his career when winning at Yarmouth last season, a race that has worked out pretty well. He may well get further in time but a mile looks a good starting point for his campaign, and his work has been good coming into the race. But this looks a hot renewal, with horses with a smart level of form already in the book, not least his stablemate Gabr, and potential big improvers like Without Parole, who looked very good at Yarmouth.
Class questions about Time To Study
Time To Study
He did well when chasing home a back-to-form Torcedor in the Sagaro Stakes and probably didn't run that far off that level of form when fifth to Magic Circle in the Chester Cup off a mark of 105. He is a good, solid stayer, who has won on quick ground, but it's just a matter of whether he has the class to beat a few of these who have done it a higher grade.
Everything in my runner's favour
He is clearly the one to beat at these weights, and hopefully the ground will be fine for him. He progressed markedly from the handicap ranks to a couple of Group 1 seconds at the end of last season, and he did really well against all-the-way winner Hawkbill in what was a high-class renewal of the Sheema Classic in Meydan in March. Nothing was catching the winner that day. He should take all the beating on that form - or his Irish Champion Stakes to Decorated Knight and Champion Stakes second to Cracksman at Ascot, obviously - as he has everything in his favour and doesn't carry a penalty for his Goodwood win. He is up against good horses, including Eclipse third Desert Encounter, though.