Ryan Moore at Ascot: The views on my six rides on British Champions Day

Ryan Moore has six booked rides at Ascot today including three for Aidan O'Brien
Ryan Moore has six booked rides at Ascot today including three for Aidan O'Brien

British Champions Day is one of the highlights of the flat season with four Group 1s and a Group 2 contest on a six-race card at Ascot, and here Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore talks exclusively about his ride in each race as well as the main opposition...


15:05 Ascot - Found

"You can just ignore that run for her (the Arc). On the positive side, she didn't have a hard race at all. She remains a top class filly, and she has a big chance in the Champion Stakes."

12:45 Ascot - Wicklow Brave

I ride Wicklow Brave in the Long Distance Cup, and he has a chance.

He didn't get home over two miles and five and a half furlongs in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot, but he ran a big race to finish second in the Ebor and he ran well to finish third in the Irish St Leger last time, even though he was well beaten by the winner Order Of St George. He finished ahead of Second Step and Forgotten Rules at The Curragh, and he only has a neck to find with Agent Murphy on that run.

Agent Murphy is a player. He was very impressive in winning the Geoffrey Freer, and he ran well in the Irish Leger. Litigant was a good winner of the Ebor. He has to step up from handicap company, but that may not be too big a jump, and he is lightly raced. If Forgotten Rules comes back to the form he was in when he won this race last year, he will take all the beating. It is a wide open race.

I am hoping that Wicklow Brave will run well though. He is good over a mile and six furlongs, he might be slightly better over a mile and six than he is over two miles, but he gets two miles okay, he has won over two miles on the flat, and he is well-drawn in stall three. If he brings his Irish Leger or his Ebor form to the table, he shouldn't be far away.


13:20 Ascot - Twilight Son

Twilight Son is a really good ride to pick up in the British Champions Sprint. He has run five times, and he has won all five times. He was impressive in winning the Haydock Sprint last time. In fact, he has been impressive all year.

Having only run five times he could still be improving too, and he is trained by a man who has a fantastic record with sprinters.

It's another tough race though. Muhaarar is obviously going to be difficult to beat, he has won the Commonwealth Cup, the July Cup and the Prix Maurice de Gheest on his last three runs. The Tin Man was seriously impressive last time over this course and distance. That was in a handicap off a mark of 91, but James Fanshawe knows his horses well, and the fact that he is running him here is a big pointer to his chance.

Strath Burn also has a big chance. Twilight Son only beat him by a head at Haydock, and you can argue that Strath Burn was a little unlucky. Maarek and Gordon Lord Byron also come into it on soft ground. It's another cracking race.


13:55 Ascot - Tapestry

Tapestry ran a real good race on her comeback run at The Curragh in September, going down by just a half a length to Ribbons. She was disappointing in the Arc, but the Arc was a strange race this year. They went a slow pace, lots of horses ran well above form and lots of horses ran well below form.

All of Tapestry's best form is on quick ground, but a strongly-run mile and a half should play to her strengths.

Covert Love has been in fantastic form all year. She was very game in France in winning the Prix de l'Opera, and a mile and a half on easy ground should hold no fears for her.

Simple Verse has been improving all season, and she was game in the St Leger, while Journey was very impressive last time at Newmarket. She will have to step up again, but she is very progressive.

It's another wide open race. Arabian Queen beat Golden Horn in the Juddmonte International and she wouldn't be without a chance, Beautiful Romance looked like an interesting filly when she beat Gospel Choir at Windsor, and the two French fillies, Sea Calisi and Candarliya bring high levels of form into the race.

Then, of course, there is last year's winner Madame Chiang, who has surely been trained for the race again this year. There are lots of fillies with chances.


14:30 Ascot - Gleneagles

It will be great if the ground is good enough for Gleneagles to run in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. He has really done nothing wrong in his life. He was very good in winning the Guineas and the St James's Palace Stakes, and in the Irish Guineas, when the ground was softer than ideal for him, he showed a lot of guts to come through and win.

I hope he runs. I am looking forward to riding him again.

Solow sets a high standard. He has been very good since he dropped down in trip from middle distances to a mile. He is actually unbeaten in his last eight runs, since August last year, and his last four wins have been in Group 1 races. A mile on slow ground is just about ideal for him.

Territories wasn't far behind Gleneagles in the Guineas, then he won the Prix Jean Prat and he wasn't beaten far by Esoterique in the Prix Jacques le Marois. That is strong form. He is improving, and it would be a mistake to under-estimate him.

Kodi Bear is also improving, he has been very good in his last two runs, at Salisbury and at Goodwood. He has to step up here again, but he is progressive and a mile on easy ground suits him well.

I thought that Integral ran a great race last time to finish second to Esoterique in the Sun Chariot Stakes, and she is in here with a chance. Belardo is not without a chance either, he put up his best performance since he won the Dewhurst Stakes last time when he was a running-on third in the Challenge Stakes. Soft ground would give him an outside chance.


15:05 Ascot - Found

The Arc couldn't have worked out any worse for Found. They went no gallop, and it was apparent at the top of the hill that nothing was going to happen, so I sat and suffered. But when I went for a run in the home straight, she got knocked over.

You can just ignore that run for her. On the positive side, she didn't have a hard race at all. She remains a top class filly, and she has a big chance in the Champion Stakes.

Jack Hobbs has the form in the book. He was impressive in winning the Irish Derby and he warmed up for this nicely with a nice win at Kempton. I don't think his outside draw will be a problem for him, especially with his pacemaker outside him. I wouldn't be worried about an outside draw if I was riding him.

Vadamos is an interesting horse. He has been impressive in winning his two races since he joined Andre Fabre, and the fact that his trainer is bringing him over for the race automatically means that you have to consider him.

Racing History was impressive in winning at Windsor last time on easy ground. He was impressive in beating a good field that day. That was just his third run this season, his fourth run ever, so he could improve a lot. Soft ground is in his favour, and he has been supplemented for the race.

Ribbons was impressive in winning in Ireland last time, in beating Tapestry, and 10 furlongs on easy ground should be fine for her. The same is true of The Corsican, who was a running-on fourth in the Prince of Wales's Stakes, and who won the Arc Trial nicely at Newbury last time.

I have always like Found, though, and I am hopeful.


15:45 Ascot - Master The World

This is a very difficult handicap to round off the day. I ride Master The World, who was disappointing last week in the Group 3 Darley Stakes at Newmarket. But he ran a massive race in the Cambridgeshire on his previous run. He looked the likely winner when he hit the front inside the furlong marker, but he allowed Third Time Lucky back at him inside the final 100 yards.

He races off a mark of 104, which is a career-high mark, but he if he runs the race that he ran in the Cambridgeshire, he should go close.

It is wide open though. Sacrificial ran well over this course and distance in the Britannia Handicap at the Royal meeting, when he did best of those who raced on the stands side, while Buckstay and Gabriel's Lad fought out the finish of the big handicap run over seven furlongs of this course two weeks ago.

They are just three with chances, but there are many others.


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