Ryan Moore: State may rise to the Occasion on day two at York

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Ryan rides six at York on Wednesday

Betfair Ryan Moor discusses his six rides at York on day two of the Dante Festival starting with one that arrives fresh and will like the decent ground...

  • Six rides for Ryan one day one at York

  • State Occasion could surprise her opponents

  • Continuous faces strong rivals in Derby trial


  • Tough task but she's fresh and likes the ground

    14:25 - State Occasion

    She is the lowest-rated in here but her best performance came over course and distance last season and she likes decent ground. She also goes well when fresh, so if she is primed for this, perhaps more so than the others, then she is not without a chance. She does have a tough task on what we know, though.

    Has a chance if he reproduces Kempton run

    15:00 - Assessment

    This will be the first time I have ridden him in a race and I'd say he has a decent chance given the manner of his run at Kempton on his return. Obviously, this is a tougher race and he is 6lb higher but he has a nice pedigree - by Kingman out of a Group 3 winner - and he clearly has a lightly-raced and progressive profile.

    Unbeaten colt looks decent

    15:35 - Continuous

    This looks the most significant Derby trial so far in terms of depth. You can obviously make a case for a few given their unexposed profiles, and none more so than Passenger, who impressed me when winning the Wood Ditton and comes here after being taken out of the Dee Stakes last week because of the ground.

    My colt Continuous is also unbeaten, as is the Feilden winner Canberra Legend, and he comes here in good shape, having showed a lot of ability and a very willing attitude when winning both of his races at two. He wouldn't have the stamina-laden pedigree of some but the way he won his Group 3 in France over 1m in testing ground suggests this trip is well worth trying.

    I think he is decent, but we shall see. Ideally, he would prefer a bit of dig but good ground on a flat track like York should be fine.

    He can go a bit based on Curragh run

    16:10 - Hispanic

    I haven't sat on him in a race but he stepped up well when fitted with blinkers at the back-end, winning by a wide margin at the Curragh and running okay in Listed company at Doncaster, so hopefully he can progress this season and be suited by the better ground he will encounter here. He likes to get on with it and he can go a bit judged on his Curragh win.

    Recent defeat no cause for alarm

    16:45 - Emperor Of Rome

    He may have been beaten at odds-on in a four-runner maiden over 5f at Dundalk in April, but that wouldn't worry me unduly. He clearly shaped as if he needed this extra furlong, and the experience would not have been lost on him. The cheekpieces will hopefully see him travel into his race more kindly here.

    Ready to make his move on longer trip

    17:20 - Chesspiece

    He is a well-bred Nathaniel colt who appears to have shaped pretty well behind Military Order over 1m2f on testing ground at Newbury on his return. His mark looks fair enough and his pedigree suggests this longer trip will suit.

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