Ryan Moore: Exclusive views on my Saturday rides at Haydock
Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore has a busy Saturday ahead and features in all but one race at Haydock. Read how he hopes to get on...
"My horse is right up there on his second to Without Parole at Royal Ascot, but he has to bounce back from a disappointing effort behind Sir Dancealot at Newbury last time and prove he has the 6f speed in Group 1 company."
- Ryan Moore on Gustav Klimt
One to watch
13:50 Haydock - Mekong
He obviously ran really well when fourth to Ghostwatch in the Melrose last time - a 3lb rise tells you that - but he possibly did a little better than the bare result suggests, considering he was up there all the way and stuck on really well.
I didn't ride in the race, and this is the first time I ridden him, but it looks to have been a good renewal and you have to give him place claims again, and hopefully better. Any more rain wouldn't bother him.
Regal on to greater things
14:25 Haydock - Regal Reality
I don't think his win at Goodwood particularly surprised us at all, despite his starting price. He obviously has a very attractive pedigree and I liked him when he won in soft ground at Yarmouth last season, and was also very satisfied with his sixth behind Without Parole in the Heron first time up this year.
I had a rear view of him winning at Goodwood and was suitably impressed, and hopefully he can build on that, too, and defy the 3lb penalty. He looks a smart prospect.
Can impress in a small field
15:00 Haydock - Beatboxer (NON-RUNNER)
Only six runners but there are some decent sorts in here, notably Great Scot and Persian Moon, but Beatboxer clearly has strong credentials. I haven't sat on him or ridden against him, but he has looked pretty good when winning at Sandown and here under a 6lb penalty last time.
The Haydock form has been franked since, with the runner-up winning at Sandown last week, and you don't need me to tell you that he has an attractive profile and an obvious chance, albeit against good horses.
Hochfeld can comepete
15:35 Haydock - Hochfeld
Again, I have not ridden him before but he ran well in decent handicaps at Goodwood and York before running Duretto to a neck off levels at Chester last time.
It may be asking a bit too much for him to translate that Chester form back into handicap company, but he clearly has the ability to be competitive off this mark. It is just a matter if others in here have more in hand.
The favourite could be too strong
16:15 Haydock - Gustav Klimt
Last year's winner Harry Angel is a cut above the rest in here. If he is on A-game after his troubles at Ascot, then it is difficult to see him getting beaten. But if he doesn't run his race for whatever reason, then a lot of these have similar form claims.
My horse is right up there on his second to Without Parole at Royal Ascot, but he has to bounce back from a disappointing effort behind Sir Dancealot at Newbury last time and prove he has the 6f speed in Group 1 company. He hasn't run over this trip since his debut, but it is worth trying. He has the class if it all clicks into place on the day, but it is an outside shot. Any more rain should be okay.
All on the handicapper
17:25 Haydock - Twenty Times
She has run two okay races since winning at Windsor, and it's just a matter of whether the handicapper has her well-pegged now. He could well have but hopefully she wouldn't be far away if running her race and the ground isn't an issue whatever the weather does on Saturday, as she has won on soft and quick ground.