It's the final day of Newmarket's Cambridgeshire Meeting and Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore has seven rides including Clemmie in the Cheveley Park Stakes and Sioux Nation in the Middle Park...
"I do rate Sioux Nation. He beat the smart Beckford ½ length in the Phoenix Stakes, and I think there is more to come from this progressive colt."
Ryan Moore on Sioux Nation - 14:55 Newmarket
This race has cut up a fair bit from the five-day stage, and I see Herculean also came out on Friday morning, but it's still a fair contest. The form of Mildenberger's third in the Vintage Stakes has been franked by subsequent Group 2 wins from James Garfield and Seahenge, who finished behind him at Goodwood, and Roaring Lion and Petrus looked good when winning last time out in lesser company.
But Nelson sets the form standard going into the race and has a favourite's chance. He is on a big upward curve and he was very impressive when winning a Group 3 at Leopardstown last time. The horses he beat there ran creditably behind Saxon Warrior at the weekend and Nelson is colt with a good attitude who should be suited by this mile at Newmarket. He could be hard to beat.
This is a Cheveley Park with a lot of depth. Heartache won well for me at Doncaster last time and I think she will handle the extra furlong. Threading looked good when winning the Lowther, and I also have a lot of time for the Albany winner and Morny third Different League.
But I do rate Clemmie. I would be concerned if we got any more rain - we took her out of the Moyglare due to the ground, but hopefully it won't be anything like that here - but she impressed me when she beat Nyaleti on fast ground at Newmarket in July. The absence and ground may not be ideal, but I do think she is a class filly.
Similar comments apply to Sioux Nation as they do to Clemmie, namely this is a deep race and ideally he would want the ground to dry out as much possible. Of course, you have to respect the impressive Gimcrack winner Sands Of Mali and the Morny winner Unfortuately - not to mention my horse's stablemate US Navy Flag, who bolted up in a Group 3 for me last time - but I do rate Sioux Nation. He beat the smart Beckford ½ length in the Phoenix Stakes, and I think there is more to come from this progressive colt.
He went up 4lb for his Sandown win for me in July and ran well enough off this mark when fifth at York last time. Ideally, he would want the ground to dry out but I think the extra furlong and tempo of this race will suit him, and he doesn't have that many miles on the clock. But it's obviously hugely competitive and he could run a career-best and still only finish fifth or sixth.
She ran her best race yet when just being collared on the line over this trip at Leopardstown last time, and the winner turned up in the Rockfel on Friday. The third was well beaten off there and, although she meets similar unexposed fillies here and some newcomers, I think she sets the form standard.
This is the first time I have sat on her, so I can't tell you too much. But she is progressive, has form on fast and with some ease and stays, and hopefully she can go well in a competitive nursery.
I rode him when he won on the July course earlier in the season, and when he bumped into a well-handicapped horse in Parfait on his next start. He also ran well enough when sixth in a valuable handicap at Ascot last time, and has form on this course, too. But he is effectively 6lb higher than at Ascot, so he will need a career-best to be winning this competitive handicap. It's possible, though.