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

Ryan has seven rides today including one on Integral in the Sun Chariot Stakes
Ryan has seven rides today including one on Integral in the Sun Chariot Stakes

Ryan Moore has a full book of seven rides at Newmarket this afternoon including one on star filly Integral in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes, and here the Betfair Ambassador talks exclusively about his chances of riding a winner or two...


"Alice Springs has the best form going into the race by some way, and I will be disappointed if she doesn't win."

Newmarket 13:45 - Receding Waves

Receding Waves is a rock solid horse who is fully deserving of his rating in the mid-90s. He battled on well to beat Donjuan Triumphant at Haydock last time, and that horse was impressive in winning a good nursery at the Ayr Gold Cup meeting off a mark of 88. That is solid form in the context of this race.

There are a lot of runners here, as you would expect in a valuable sales race, but there doesn't appear to be that much strength in-depth. There are lots of lightly-raced horses, but most of them have to step up a lot on what they have achieved if they are to challenge the proven horses.

The exception is Twin Sails. My horse is rated 5lb inferior to him on official ratings, and we have to give him 2lb, but my horse is tough. He should run a good race.


Newmarket 14:15 - Alice Springs

Alice Springs stands over the rest of them here really. She has proven herself to he a high-class juvenile. She finished a close-up third in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes behind her stable companions Minding and Ballydoyle, and she finished a close-up fourth in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes last time behind Lumiere, Illuminate and Besharah. They are some of the best juvenile fillies around this season.

Clear Skies and Engage are probably the two main dangers. Clear Skies wasn't beaten far in a listed race at The Curragh last time after finishing fourth behind Shogun on her debut, and Engage stayed on well to win on her racecourse debut at Doncaster in August. She is a nice filly, and she should progress from that.

That said, Alice Springs has the best form going into the race by some way, and I will be disappointed if she doesn't win.


Newmarket 14:50 - Waterloo Bridge

The third sales race doesn't appear to have huge strength in-depth either. Waterloo Bridge has been off the track since Royal Ascot, and he is stepping up significantly in trip to seven furlongs. However, he was good at Ascot, he was strong at the end of the Norfolk Stakes, and he won well.

That was over five furlongs, but he ran well over six at Navan in May to chase home a good filly in Most Beautiful, at a stiff track. His half-brother won a Group 3 race over a mile and a half in France, so he has every chance of getting seven furlongs.

Gifted Master is probably the biggest danger, he was only just beaten by Buratino at Newmarket in May and he won well at Newcastle last time. But he also has an absence to overcome, and my horse should have a class edge anyway.


Newmarket 15:30 - Integral

I am looking forward to riding Integral in the Sun Chariot.

We have Esoterique to beat again. We beat her in the Dahlia Stakes last year, and in the Windsor Forest at Royal Ascot, then she beat us in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville, and we beat her again in the Sun Chariot last year. She has improved since then though, she was only just beaten by Solow in the Queen Anne and by Muhaarar in the Prix Maurice de Gheest, and she won the Prix Jacques le Marois last time.

Integral has had a bit of an interrupted season. She ran well in the Lockinge on her debut, but she was a little below par in the Windsor Forest last time. She is coming into this in good form though, and she goes well in this race. She won it last year, and she finished second to Sky Lantern in it as a three-year-old in 2013.

Bawina is the other danger. She has been running well, she was third behind Amazing Maria in the Prix Rothschild, and she was only beaten a neck by Odeliz in the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville last time.

I think that it is between the top three, but I think that Integral and Esoterique are better than Bawina, and I hope that Integral is still better than Esoterique.


Newmarket 16:05 - Schubert

Schubert should take all the beating here. An expensive yearling, he shaped nicely on his debut behind Blue De Vega in a maiden at Naas 10 days ago. The winner won well, but Schubert kept on well all the way to the line to take fourth place, and the winning time was good.

He should come on a fair bit for that experience, as most of Aidan's debutants do, and this is a good race for him. Aidan won this race last year with this year's Queen's Vase winner Aloft.


Newmarket 16:40 - Moonlight Sonata

Moonlight Sonata was a little unlucky at Bath last time. She started slowly, and they didn't go a great gallop, so it was difficult for her to make ground from the rear. Even so, she did make ground all the way to the line to finish third. She would have been closer had she got away on terms.

She was dropping back down to 10 furlongs for that race, having won her maiden over a mile and a half at Lingfield. She will be happier now stepped back up to a mile and a half.

Leah Freya is the one we all have to beat. She has won her last two, she won a handicap by 10 lengths off a mark of 79 at Epsom on Sunday, and she gets to race off the same mark today before being re-assessed. Because that was an apprentices' race, she doesn't even have to carry a penalty. She is obviously a well-handicapped filly.

Spacelab, Twitch and Lemoncetta are also dangers, but I hope that Moonlight Sonata can step forward again.


Newmarket 17:15 - Shell Bay

Shell Bay has a good chance, he is a consistent handicapper who continues to progress.

He ran well at Kempton last time to finish third in a decent handicap. He did well to get into the race from the back in a race that was dominated by the horses who raced prominently. He is off the same mark today of 86, and he is worth that mark, he should run his race.

Critical Risk and Kastini are players in the race, but it's a wide open contest.


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