Ryan Moore: The verdict on my seven Saturday rides at Newmarket

Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore has seven booked rides at Newmarket this afternoon
Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore has seven booked rides at Newmarket this afternoon

After a landing a pair of winners at Newmarket on Friday, Ryan Moore returns to HQ in confident mood with seven booked rides on a top class day of racing. Here is the Betfair Ambassador's exclusive verdict on the chances of each...

"He is improving with every run, and he is thriving at present. I am hopeful of a really big run. Hopefully the ground will continue to dry out between now and start time, because the more it dries out, the better his chance."

Newmarket 15:10 - Air Force Blue

Newmarket 14:00 - Barleysugar

Barleysugar shaped nicely on her racecourse debut over seven furlongs at Kempton in August, and she stepped forward to win her maiden back over the same course and distance last time. She did it nicely, and she is feasibly handicapped on a mark of 85 for her first run in a nursery.

This looks like a competitive nursery though. Make Fast won on her racecourse debut at Ffos Las, and she should step up on that, while Symposium kept on nicely to win her maiden at Wolverhampton last month.

Dawaa is more experienced than most, she has run in two nurseries and she has won both, off marks of 71 and 85. She races off a mark of 94 today and, while she continues to progress, she has to give my filly 9lb.

Newmarket 14:35 - Beacon Rock

I really like Beacon Rock. He was only third in the Beresford Stakes last time, but we missed the break a little that day, and then every time we went to make ground, our path was blocked. I liked the way that he kept on at the end though. It was a good run, and he stays a mile well.

It will be interesting to see how Ibn Malik runs, with the Dewhurst in mind. He was beaten three-and-a-half lengths by Emotionless last time in the Champagne Stakes with the pair of them clear. The step up to a mile here should be fine for him.

Gifted Master won well last time. He burst out of the stalls in the sales race and he skipped clear. It never really looked like he was going to be caught.

Clear Cut is an interesting colt of Jim Bolger's who was only just beaten on his only run to date, and Special Season was a little unlucky at Newbury last time. That was just his second run, and he is open to improvement.

I am looking forward to riding Beacon Rock again though, and I am hopeful that he can go close.

Newmarket 15:10 - Air Force Blue

I am also really looking forward to riding Air Force Blue in the Dewhurst. He was very impressive in his last two runs, in the Phoenix Stakes and the National Stakes, both Group 1 races.

He is improving with every run, and he is thriving at present. I am hopeful of a really big run. Hopefully the ground will continue to dry out between now and start time, because the more it dries out, the better his chance.

Emotionless is obviously the big danger. He was very impressive also in beating Ibn Malik in the Champagne Stakes last time, and that was after he had been impressive in winning a maiden in August over seven furlongs on Newmarket's July Course. It will be very interesting to see how they fare against each other.

It's not a two-horse race though. Massaat was only just beaten by Cymric on his racecourse debut at Sandown in July, and he won nicely at Leicester last time, while Sanus Per Aquam battled on well to win the Somerville Tattersall Stakes over this course and distance last time, and you can never under-estimate a Jim Bolger colt in the Dewhurst.

Newmarket 15:50 - Quick Jack

Everybody knows about Quick Jack. He ran well in the race last year to finish third, and he has been in good form this year, both on the flat and over hurdles. He finished second in the Chester Cup behind Trip To Paris, the subsequent Ascot Gold Cup winner, and he won the Galway Hurdle in July.

He is a nice ride to have, but I am really disappointed with his draw out in stall 30. That will make things difficult for him. It's possible to win from out there, but it's not easy.

It's obviously highly competitive. Low Key is a worthy favourite, he was impressive in winning the Cesarewitch Trial last time, and he gets to race today under just a 4lb penalty, so he is 4lb lower than his revised mark. I'm hoping that Quick Jack can run well though.

Newmarket 16:25 - Landofhopeandglory

I'm looking forward to riding Landofhopeandglory. He was impressive in winning at the Galway Festival on his racecourse debut, and he was impressive again in just going down by a head in a nursery at Naas last time.

He is a well-bred colt, he is a nice scopey horse who should improve as he matures, and hopefully he can win this on the way to bigger things.

Newmarket 17:00 - Touchline

This is a highly competitive race, a listed fillies' race in which most of the field will be looking for black type.

Touchline has a chance. She was well beaten in the Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, but she ran well either side of Goodwood, in a listed race at Carlisle in June and last time when she finished fourth behind Cotai Glory in a five-furlong listed race at Doncaster.

She is going to have to step forward if she is to win this though. On ratings she has 7lb to find with Mistrusting, who had been progressing all season before she disappointed in the Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster last time. Terror finished in front of her in that race, and she could run well again.

Newmarket 17:35 - Master The World

Master The World is a nice ride to get in the last. He ran a huge race in the Cambridgeshire last time, he got there and he looked the likely winner before he gave it back.

A 5lb hike for that brings him up to a mark of 104, which is still 8lb lower than the top-rated horses here, but there is a chance that he will be able to step forward again, back over the Cambridgeshire course and distance.

Mutakayyef sets the standard. He was only just beaten by Mondialiste in the Strensall Stakes at York's Ebor meeting, and he was only just beaten by Scottish in a listed race at Ayr last time. He remains open to further improvement.

Balty Boys won well at Haydock in early September before finishing behind Tryster at Chelmsford last time, but that was his first run ever on all-weather. He should be happier back on turf here, and he is another danger.


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