Ryan Moore has a strong book of rides on a high class day of racing at Newmarket but he admits they all have Pinatubo to beat in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes...
"I have to say that I was very impressed with Wichita when he won here last time, though. I thought he would come on for his Doncaster second, but I wasn't quite anticipating the level of performance he put up there in winning by 7 lengths in a quick time."
- Ryan Moore on Wichita
Lightly raced and more to offer
13:45 - Ascension
There was ease in the ground when he won well at Salisbury and he did it nicely again from a subsequent winner under a 6lb penalty at Newcastle last time. A mark of 87 could be a little on the high side I suppose, but he is clearly a lightly-raced colt with more to give, and the step back up to 7f should certainly suit on pedigree.
Should go well with stamina test a plus
14:20 - Mythical
He showed more of what he was about when winning by a wide margin over 1m in the soft at Gowran Park last time. I'm not sure what he beat there but he looked very good, and I would hope this Camelot colt will see out this extra 2f well. It's a competitive race and you obviously expect that many of these will also improve for a stamina test, but he should go well after what we saw from him last time.
Galileo colt has potential
14:55 - Persia
He is another lightly-raced colt of ours that I haven't ridden before. But he looks a similar type to Mythical in that he put his debut run firmly behind him when winning his soft ground maiden by a fair way last time. Again, that may not have been the strongest of races but he could only do what he did, and he's a Galileo colt of some potential, especially when he gets a trip next year. He meets a couple of good horses in here in the shape of Al Suhail and Molatham, though.
Very impressed with Wichita but Pinatubo the one to beat
15:30 - Wichita
Armory put Pinatubo's performance at the Curragh into some sort of context when running a close third in the Lagardere at the weekend. So no-one is in any doubt about the task that awaits our colts here. I have to say that I was very impressed with Wichita when he won here last time, though. I thought he would come on for his Doncaster second, but I wasn't quite anticipating the level of performance he put up there in winning by 7 lengths in a quick time. I'd like to think we can give Pinatubo something to think about, though my colt is going to have to step up to another notch or two again here if the favourite runs his race.
Plenty of positives in wide open handicap
16:10 - Cypress Creek
He was very good when winning a Group 3 at Naas for me last season and there has been a lot more promise in his two recent starts. In fact, he appeared to run close to a career-best when a 100/1 chance in first-time blinkers in the Irish St Leger last month and he obviously bumped into a very progressive filly last time out. He looks to be on a fair mark, the trip should suit and the ground won't be a problem. You can make a case for him in what is obviously a wide-open handicap.
Fair form claims on July course win
16:45 - Sunday Star
She probably didn't run up to her best in a Group 3 at Doncaster last time but her earlier form, notably her handicap win over 6f on the July course, gives her a fair form claim here. She probably wouldn't want any more rain, though.