Ryan Moore has a full book of rides on the second day of the St Leger Festival, and here the Betfair Ambassador talks exclusively about his chances of riding a winner or two...
"In fact, I think this flat track with a bit of cut will suit him."
- Ryan Moore on Pivoine
13:20 Doncaster - Tigre Du Terre
He was pulled out of a race in Germany over the weekend, I think. I am not sure why or even if he even travelled over before being withdrawn but he has fair claims in an open race here, especially if the ground continues to dry out.
He was very impressive on his debut at Ascot but then perhaps didn't quite progress as expected when I rode him at that track next time. Perhaps it was the soft ground there, so drying conditions would suit him here, and he certainly appeared to run better when a close third over 1m at Salisbury last time.
13:50 Doncaster - Music Box
She clearly needs to improve to beat a few of these but she comes here in good form and 7f with a bit of ease in the ground look to be fine for her. This looks a fairly big ask with the likes of Talaayeb, Pirouette, Eternally and Unforgetable Filly in here, though she would have place claims on her second at Leopardstown last month.
14:25 Doncaster - Heartache
She may not have been at her best when third in the Papin last time but it was clearly a very good effort all the same. The Ascot form may not have worked out too well but I was very impressed when chasing her home on Happy Like A Fool in the Queen Mary, as she was always travelling over me and won in the style of a very good filly that day.
If she is the same form here then she could give the form horse Havana Grey plenty to think about, though I think she would want the ground to continue to dry out. Any more rain would be a concern.
15:00 Doncaster - Byron Flyer
He has gone up 6lb in the weights for not winning on his last three starts, but he has basically been beaten in photos in all of them. He ran particularly well when just touched off at Ascot last time and the winner ran a good third at York next time, so hopefully he is still weighted to be competitive. And the trainer also thinks first-time cheekpieces will help him.
15:35 Doncaster - Thomas Hobson
This looks a pretty open race but hopefully Thomas Hobson can bounce back to form. It was a bit surprising to see him cut out so quickly after travelling so well through the race at York last time but he is better than that, as he showed when running away with the Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting for me off a mark of 100.
You can give most of these a chance though, with Montaly the obvious improver, albeit one carrying a 3lb penalty for that York win, and last year's winner Sheikhzayedroad probably the form horse at his best.
16:05 Doncaster - Sherzy Boy
It wouldn't surprise me if this race went to one of the newcomers but my colt looks to have shaped with promise at Goodwood last week and you can reasonably expect him to take a step forward here.
17:10 Doncaster - Pivoine
A gelding operation seems to have helped him get his act together, though he was also running in a first-time visor when winning well at Kempton recently. He is only 3lb higher here - his all-weather mark went up 7lb - and his earlier Bath fourth suggests he can do it on turf, too. In fact, I think this flat track with a bit of cut will suit him.