Ryan Moore: The views on my six rides at Sandown on Friday

Ryan Moore has six booked rides at Sandown on Friday afternoon
Ryan Moore has six booked rides at Sandown on Friday afternoon

There's a classy looking card at Sandown on Friday, with a Classic trial and some very informative handicaps, and here Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore gives his exclusive thoughts on his six rides...

14:20 Sandown - Midterm

"But he is a lovely-looking colt with a great mind, clearly won like a very promising horse at Newbury and he has given me a good feel in his work this spring."

13:20 Sandown

Chief Whip

I was due to ride him in a conditions race over 7f at the Craven meeting, where he was a non-runner, but they go down the handicap route with him off a mark of 86 instead. And that looks fair enough, as the form of his maiden win over 7f here last July has worked out pretty well and the stable obviously think a bit of him to have entered him in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

But you never go into 3yo handicaps at this time of the season confident of success, as they are clearly full of unexposed and promising types, some of who will have probably come on a ton over the winter.

For example, Von Blucher looks to be very fairly-handicapped off a mark of 86 given the way his Lingfield win in October has worked out. I rode him that day to beat Ennaadd by 1 ½ lengths, and we pulled well clear of the third, and the runner-up is now rated 106. You don't have to be a genius to work out that he could be thrown in here, and I thought that he would be the type to improve from two to three when I rode him.

14:20 Sandown


Midterm comes into this race with a fair bit of talk surrounding him, mainly on account of his breeding, being by Galileo out of the six-time Group 1 winner Midday. It wouldn't be because of the bare form of his Newbury maiden win last October - though there have been a few winners to have come out of the race - as you can't rate that victory too highly, but he could only beat what was put in front of him.

He is a lovely-looking colt with a great mind, clearly won like a very promising horse at Newbury and he has given me a good feel in his work this spring. The most important thing is to get some racing and experience into the horse at this stage of his career; it is a big step up from maiden to Group company, and that is always tricky. But I have seen a few do it. We will learn a lot more about him on Friday, and where he slots into the season.

As you would expect in a Classic Trial, there are other horses in here with a similar profile to him and who have shown far better form as it stands, while others are race-fit too, such as Ventura Storm, who I rode to win the Fielden last week. He sets the form standard and this extra furlong shouldn't trouble him at all.

14:55 Sandown


Belardo will be the favourite in here after his comeback win at Doncaster but, bar the pacemaker, I think all of the field have claims of sorts. Gabrial actually didn't run too badly from his wide draw in the Dubai Turf last month, beaten only seven lengths into 11th, and if he has returned in good form then he is not out of it. Richard did brilliantly with the horse last season to get him placed in the Sussex Stakes and the QEII, and those runs clearly give him a shot.

If the Godolphin pacemaker isn't up to leading this field for too long, then Toormore is likely to go on and he could get the run of the race from the front against hold-up horses, but the 3lb penalty for his Group 2 win in Turkey makes his job a lot tougher. I like Adaay, having won on him over 6f here last May, but he has his stamina to prove.

16:05 Sandown


She is from a great family and is beautifully-bred, being a sister to Midday, so she has a lot to live up to on breeding. Those to have raced don't look to set a high form standard, so hopefully she can be competitive, but she has been slow to come to hand and will quite clearly need the experience. She is not without talent, though.

16:35 Sandown

Shall We

She is another of our fillies who is related to some good winners, and she also the benefit of a run at two. You clearly can't go overboard about the form of her second over 1m at Chelmsford in November, but getting a run into these fillies as a juvenile can be very important for their education, and the step up in trip will suit here, too. There are some likely-looking types ranged against here, though, and High Hopes sets the form standard on her Newbury second.

17:05 Sandown


I think the boss has won this handicap a couple of times in recent years - though I finished third on Conduit off 79 in this a few years ago and he ended that season winning the St Leger and the Breeders' Cup Turf - and hopefully we can go close here.

But similar comments apply to what I said about the Esher Cup earlier, as these 3yo handicaps at this stage of the season are pretty much a guessing game on several levels.

Stargazer showed promise in all three of his starts last season, and I rode him when he was second to Paris Protocol over a mile on his final outing at Salisbury. I think a mark of 87 is probably fair on that run - he is 6lb better off for nearly three lengths with the winner here - as the form worked out okay, and the step up to 1m2f will suit him. However, a mere glance at the profile of all the other runners suggests that you will need plenty in hand to win this handicap.

And Jack Hobbs didn't go on to do too badly after winning this race off a mark of 85 last season, did he?

And that was in a race where our good subsequent winners Stravagante and Dartmouth were beaten over 12 lengths into third and fourth. It shows you what you can come up against in these types of races, but Stargazer should run well.

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