Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore gives his thoughts on all eight of his rides at Newmarket including Roly Poly in the Sun Chariot Stakes...
"I imagine plenty of others will be fancying their chances, not least the connections of Aljazzi as she was very impressive at Sandown last time. And I have a lot of time for the French fillies Qemah and Usherette, too. But I’d be very hopeful that my filly will put up a good show."
Ryan Moore on Roly Poly (14:40 Newmarket)
I was on board for his debut and he needed the experience a fair bit at Newbury, as well as not getting the run of the race in the closing stages. All things considered, I thought that it was a perfectly satisfactory first start and one that suggested that he would step up a good deal on it next time out.
I think he is a nice horse and he gets the chance to show that here, although Knight To Behold is the obvious one we all have to beat on the evidence of his debut at the same track, and the three newcomers also look decent on pedigree. This is clearly the strongest division of the two maidens.
I don't know a lot about her to be honest, other than the fact that she looks to have returned to her juvenile best of late with a couple of recent wins. She has gone up 11lb for those victories but hopefully she can still be competitive in her current mood.
Okay, she didn't run up to her best in the Matron Stakes last time but she certainly didn't run badly. And after her wins in the Falmouth and Rothschild - she had five of these behind her when winning in Deauville - she is going for her third victory in Group 1 company.
This is a very deep and difficult race to call, and I wouldn't have a strong opinion to be honest with so many being in with a shout, but my filly is joint top-rated in here alongside Qemah, so she has winning chances, for sure.
Maybe Persuasive is the one to beat after her good run at Leopardstown last time, just her second start of the season, but I imagine plenty of others will be fancying their chances, not least the connections of Aljazzi as she was very impressive at Sandown last time. And I have a lot of time for the French fillies Qemah and Usherette, too. But I'd be very hopeful that my filly will put up a good show.
I don't know anything about him yet other than what his pedigree tells me. And that tells me that he is a Lope De Vega half-brother to the stable's Racing Post Trophy winner Marcel and hopefully he is a similarly nice prospect for Peter. There are a few other likely sorts among the newcomers though, by the looks of it, but this is by far the most winnable division.
I finished third on him over a mile at Salisbury last time, and he ran a decent race there against a couple of nice types. He isn't short of pace so the step back to 6f is probably worth chancing - though probably not ideal - in such a valuable race, for all he needs to improve a bit to be winning. There doesn't look to be a stand-out in this huge field though, and let's hope that I am on drawn on the right side in 27.
I haven't sat on her for over a year but she has been remarkably consistent since winning her maiden. The obvious problem is that she has crept up 10lb in the handicap this season for not winning but she is in good nick, has course form, and a 4lb pull for the length or so she was beaten by Shenanigans here last time. She has chances in an open race.
She has stepped forward a good deal when winning on her last two starts at Chelmsford and obviously likes that track. So she has to prove that she can do it back on turf off a 10lb higher mark. But she ran well here last autumn and I think she will be okay. It's just a matter of whether the handicapper has anchored her. She did do it well for me last time, though.
She ran below par over 1m4f on the July course a couple of months ago but has been given a break since and hopefully the expected better ground here will suit. She wants decent ground. It was probably too soft for her there. She has a definite chance on her earlier form, which includes a Newbury second to the then-progressive Elas Ruby over 1m2f in June and I think the extra 2f here should be okay.