After riding a superb big race double in Canada last Sunday night Ryan Moore has jetted off to Australia to ride Highland Reel in the Cox Plate, and here the Betfair Ambassador talks exclusively about the prestigious race...
"I hope that things will work out well for Highland Reel, because he has a good chance if he gets normal luck in-running."
Moonee Valley 07:40 - Highland Reel
I am looking forward to riding Highland Reel in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday. His profile is not unlike the profile of Adelaide, the horse on who I won the race last year.
Adelaide won the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park last year, and Highland Reel has won the same race this year. On Adelaide's last run before last year's Cox Plate, he finished a close-up third in the Prix Niel at Longchamp. On Highland Reel's last run, he finished fifth in the Irish Champion Stakes, less than four lengths behind Golden Horn. It was a similarly good run.
One of the big differences this year is that, while Adelaide raced from stall 13 of 14 last year, Highland Reel has drawn stall four. That is a good draw. I was hoping for four, five or six, so stall four is perfect.
Moonee Valley is a tight track, it's only nine furlongs round and it has a short home straight. You don't want to get trapped wide there, which is why I dropped Adelaide in last year. People said afterwards that it was a good ride, but it was the only way I could have ridden him and, thankfully, he was good enough to win. We just got up in the line and there was no more than a length between the first six home. It was just one of those races that worked out.
I hope that things will work out well for Highland Reel, because he has a good chance if he gets normal luck in-running.
Arod is a danger. He has been progressing all season, he won the Diomed Stakes on Derby weekend at Epsom and he won the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot in July. He was impressive in winning both those races. Then he stepped forward again to run Solow to a half a length in the Sussex Stakes.
He may have had an easy enough time of it in front that day, but it is high class form. Solow is a top class miler, as he showed once again in winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, so to get to within a half a length of him was a big run from Arod.
He is stepping up to 10 furlongs, but he won over 10 furlongs last year, and he finished second in the Dante and fourth in the Derby. He should stay the trip all right, and he is well drawn right beside us in stall five.
The other European runner Gailo Chop could also run well at a big price. He got to within a length and a half of Solow in the Prix d'Ispahan back in May, he was only beaten five lengths in the Prince of Wales's Stakes, and he was impressive in winning a Group 3 race at Maisons-Laffitte last time. He isn't badly drawn either in stall eight.
Pick of the home team may be Winx, who has won her last four races, including two Group 1 races. But Highland Reel is a good sort of horse for this race, and I hope that he can go close.