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Ryan Moore: City Of Troy in great shape and we're very happy ahead of Eclipse Stakes

Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore rides Epsom Derby winner City Of Troy in the Coral Eclipse on Saturday

The Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown is one of the features Group 1 contests of the summer, and Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore has a big chance of landing the prize among his five rides on the afternoon...

  • Break essential for Twilight Calls but rain not ideal

  • Plenty of positives for Perotto but he also doesn't want the rain

  • Derby winner City Of Troy is in good shape and we're veyr happy

  • Champions Full Gallop - coming soon to ITV

Ryan Moore Superboost

Ryan Moore rides potential superstar colt City Of Troy in today's Eclipse Stakes at Sandown (15:35) and the combination are red hot favourites at 2/71.29 to land the prize after Aidan O'Brien's 3yo stormed to success in last month's Epsom Derby.

But if 2/71.29 is too short for you then the Betfair Sportsbook is where you need to be as City Of Troy ha been boosted to 1/12.00 to win today's feature race. Just click on the odds in the below banner to go directly to the pre-loaded betslip.

13:50 - Twilight Calls

What I said about him before Royal Ascot stands, and that is he is in with an excellent chance if he can get out of the stalls even adequately well. The starts are costing him dearly at the moment - hopefully the first-time cheekpieces could help him there - but he has still run very good races at Newmarket and Ascot this season, and a stiff 5f on decent ground here really should suit him. But I see there they are currently forecast for quite a bit of rain on Friday into Saturday, and that wouldn't be ideal for him.

14:25 - Perotto

He won this race in good style last season but he is 8lb higher here. So the issue is whether the handicapper has got hold of him now. But he clearly ran a huge race when third in the Hunt Cup last time and he is two from two at this track, so there are plenty of positives. The less rain, the better his chance.

15:00 - Clove Hitch

I haven't ridden her before but she clearly comes here on the back of an impressive Newbury win last time, so the step up in class looks an obvious move. If she progresses further, then she has a pretty good chance.

15:35 - City Of Troy

We obviously always thought the world of him at two and he delivered each time, so we were all a touch bemused by his performance in the Guineas and, as a result, we went to Epsom more hopeful than confident that he could get back on track. However, we clearly saw the 2yo version at Epsom when he was brilliant in beating Ambiente Friendly and Los Angeles, and the Irish Derby put that performance into an even more favourable context. This represents a different test and challenge once again, but he comes here in good shape and we are very happy with him.

16:47 - Aerion Power

He clearly didn't run his race in the Hunt Cup last time but he is only 2lb higher than when winning at Nottingham previously, we know he stays this 1m2f trip and he has run well here before. He has his chance.

Timeform's Verdict

Twilight Calls - 13:50 Sandown

City of Troy is clearly Ryan Moore's best chance on the card and he should prove far too good for his rivals in the Eclipse, though that is obvious from his short price. Otherwise, Moore also has a good ride aboard Twilight Calls in the Charge (13:50).

Live In The Dream is the one to beat as he's 6lb clear on Timeform's ratings based on the form he showed when winning the Nunthorpe last season, though he was disappointing at Haydock last time whereas Twilight Calls ran respectably and wasn't beaten far in sixth in the King Charles III Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He looks the most likely to capitalise if Live In The Dream fails to fire.

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