Ryan Moore has five booked rides on the first day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival with possibly his best chance of a winner coming late on the card...
"I think a mark of 85 gives this Gleneagles filly a decent chance of a bold show."
- Ryan Moore on Seeking Star
Each-way claims off this mark
13:50 - Ouzo
The rain around on Sunday wouldn't have harmed his chances, as you can argue his best form has come on soft, though he handles all ground. He has also posted a couple of solid efforts off this mark of late and he has each-way claims here.
Needs to improve
14:25 - The Acropolis
He probably hasn't gone on as expected since impressively winning his maiden at Listowel but he ran okay on the unfavoured part of the track when in midfield to Berkshire Shadow in the Coventry and maybe a bit more ease in the ground will see improve here. He clearly needs to.
Step back in trip is a help
15:35 - Serpentine
All three of ours in here have a fair bit to find with Stradivarius and co on recent running - they were all well beaten when below par in the Gold Cup - but they all have something to recommend them all the same, and we know Classic winners Serpentine and Santiago, who will have appreciated the recent rain, have the necessary class if we can coax them back to form.
That pair have the best back form, but Amhran Na Bhffian looks the possible improver after the way he won his Group 2 at the Curragh last time. To be honest, all three all have tough tasks against a fair set of stayers at the top of the market but we know what Serpentine is capable of at his best and the step down to 2m is a help.
Nicely bred and stable going well
16:45 - Monet's Sunrise
I don't know much about him at the moment but the stable are going pretty well with their juveniles, as is usually the case. His pedigree suggests he will need further than this 6f down the line but he is a nicely bred individual.
Bold show expected off this mark
17:20 - Star Seeking
I haven't ridden her yet but she is clearly a nice sort, winning on her debut at Leicester and only being touched off under a 7lb penalty in a Nottingham novice on her return. I think a mark of 85 gives this Gleneagles filly a decent chance of a bold show.