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Ryan Moore: The verdict on my four rides on Saturday at the Breeders' Cup

Ryan saddles up for four rides at the Breeders' Cup on Saturday
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Betfair ambassador Ryan Moore saddles up for four rides on Saturday at Santa Anita, and here he tells Betting.Betfair exclusively about them all...


"There is not a lot more you can say about this filly. She is a three-time Group 1 winner, was trained to perfection to win the Arc, bumped into an outstanding 1m2f horse in Almanzor at Ascot last time, and comes here to defend her Turf title that she gained when beating the Derby winner Golden Horn in Keeneland last season."

- Ryan on Found

19:43 Santa Anita

Seventh Heaven


In terms of ability, I think she is the best filly in the race, but there is undoubtedly a concern as to whether 1m2f on this track will play to her strengths. And this race does have a lot of quality and depth to it. She clearly wasn't seen to best effect when meeting all sorts of trouble in running at Ascot last time, but she had earlier once again underlined herself as top-class when winning the Yorkshire Oaks following on from her Classic win at the Curragh. Okay, runner-up Found probably wasn't at her best that day but she still spread-eagled a good field, which included Queen's Trust 4 lengths back in third. If she runs to that level of form, then she has clear winning claims, but I'd be even more confident over 1m4f on a more galloping track.

And there are a lot of horses you can give a chance to in here. Queen's Trust is a filly I know well, too, having ridden her twice and seen her plenty at home. She hasn't enjoyed the rub of the green this season but I can see this trip and track and ground suiting her. She followed Minding home at a very respectable distance in the Nassau, and I can see her getting a lot closer to me than she did at York, where she travelled well into the race, over this shorter distance. Whether she is quite good enough, I'm not sure.

Lady Eli won the Juvenile Fillies Turf here two seasons ago and won her Grade 1 last time and is the best of the Americans, and I also give a fair chance to Nuovo Record. She hasn't won for a long time but I rode her when she finished second to A Shin Hikari at Hong Kong in December - the winner put up some front-running performance that day - and she could make us all go here if returning to that form after a very light campaign. That form gives her a massive chance. She has been running on some wet tracks recently, which wouldn't have suited her, though that Hong Kong form is a while ago now. As I have said, this is a deep race and there aren't many I would rule out, including Catch A Glimpse and the South American horses Ryans Charm and Kitkat.


21:05 Santa Anita

Washington DC


I wouldn't profess to know too much about the American turf sprinters, but there are no real secrets about Washington DC. His form is just about on a par with the other European horse Home Of The Brave and if he runs his race then he shouldn't be too far away. Whether or not he will, I don't know, but he has rarely run a bad race all season, and his midfield draw in eight is fine. He clearly has plenty of speed, and the manner in which he has been finishing his races off over 5f recently gives you hope that the 6f110yd trip should be fine for him. In fact, he has won on his only try over 7f.

With 15 runners, this should be an interesting race though as regards luck in-running.


22:22 Santa Anita

Found


There is not a lot more you can say about this filly. She is a three-time Group 1 winner, was trained to perfection to win the Arc, bumped into an outstanding 1m2f horse in Almanzor at Ascot last time, and comes here to defend her Turf title that she gained when beating the Derby winner Golden Horn in Keeneland last season. I suppose it is just a matter of whether this race will be one too far for her - and that it is always possible at this time of year, with the schedule she has had - but she didn't show much sign of fatigue at Ascot. But this is a tough renewal.

We know how good Flintshire is over 1m4f on fast ground from his French days, and you can forgive him his defeat on yielding ground behind Ectot last time, and he was just touched off by Main Sequence in this race two years ago. Highland Reel will also have his conditions here - 1m4f on fast ground - and we saw how good he can be when getting his own way on the lead when winning the King George. And he beat Flintshire in Hong Kong last December, I'd be surprised if the winner didn't come from those three - hardly original I know - but the boss has been patient with Ulysses all season and I think we could see him run a career-best here, and the step back up to 1m4f will obviously be in his favour after his Windsor defeat last time.

Whether that will be good enough to win, I'm not so sure, as there are three genuine Group 1 horses in here. Ectot would have a chance, but he needs it softer.


23:40 Santa Anita

Alice Springs


I wouldn't totally rule out last year's winner Juvenile Turf winner Hit It A Bomb here, or Cougar Mountain at what I am sure will be a big price, but they have a lot to prove at this level and quite clearly Alice Springs is Aidan's number one. We know that she has thrived on her racing in the second half of the season - there were excuses for her in France - and I thought she had plenty left in the tank, if required, when winning the Sun Chariot last time, her third Group 1. She took everything in her stride when second in the Juvenile Fillies Turf at Keeneland last season, and this faster surface will really suit her. Of course, she will need luck in running but she likes a target to aim at - she was dossing after getting there at Newmarket last time - and we saw at Leopardstown that she possesses a devastating turn of foot once she gets rolling.

But this is tough, and she needs to improve if the market leaders run their races - Tepin is a top-class mare and probably deserves to be favourite, but this is a stronger renewal than the race she won last season, and I think Limato could be the one we all have to beat. He has a brilliance about him on his day and if he is going to win over a mile, it is on fast ground around here. And similar comments apply to Dutch Connection really. He is a very smart horse when it all clicks for him, but maybe he is just a small notch below this Group 1-winning company. I am very happy with my filly, though.


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