Ryan Moore: The views on my two rides at Woodbine on Sunday night

Ryan rides Cannock Chase in the Canadian International at Woodbine on Sunday night
Ryan rides Cannock Chase in the Canadian International at Woodbine on Sunday night

Ryan Moore is flying out to Woodbine on Sunday to ride in the Canadian International and here he talks exclusively to Betfair about Cannock Chase's chance in the big race, as well as updating us on his future riding plans internationally...


"This is a race in which European horses do well, and Cannock Chase has a big chance."

I'm off to Canada on Sunday to ride Curvy in the E P Taylor Stakes and Cannock Chase in the Canadian International, the race that I won on Hillstar last year.

Actually, I have been lucky enough to ride the last two winners of the Canadian International, I won it in 2013 on Joshua Tree, who was winning the race for the third time for his third different trainer.

This is a race in which European horses do well, and Cannock Chase has a big chance. Things didn't work out for him during the early part of the season, he had a few little niggles and he had to race on easy ground a couple of times, but he was good when we got him back on good ground at Newmarket last time. It was only a listed race, but he won it well, and the runner-up isn't a bad horse. He got a mile and a half well that day on his first attempt at the trip, and fast ground at Woodbine should suit him well.

Our main danger could be Second Step. He beat Telescope in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket back in May. He won a Group 1 race in Germany in August and he ran well for a long way in the Irish St Leger when he probably didn't fully get home.

But this race has been Cannock Chase's target since Newmarket, and I am hoping for a good run.


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I am also hoping for a good run from Curvy in the E P Taylor. She was very gutsy in winning the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot the last time I rode her. Since then she has run well in the Irish Oaks, and she was beaten less than a length in the Yorkshire Oaks behind Pleascach and Covert Love.

She was well beaten in the Flower Bowl Stakes at Belmont Park last time, but the ground was soft that day and it just wasn't her running. Like the Canadian International, European fillies do well in this race, Just The Judge led home a European 1-2-4-5 last year, and I am hopeful that Curvy will run her race.


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The international calendar will be getting busy now. I'm off to Australia next Saturday to ride Highland Reel in the Cox Plate at Mooney Valley, the race that I won last year on Adelaide. Adelaide did well to win it last year from his outside draw, so hopefully Highland Reel will get a better draw. He will have a good chance, he is a talented horse. He won the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park in August, and he wasn't beaten far by Golden Horn in the Irish Champion Stakes on his last run.

The other big dates on the international calendar in the near future are the Breeders' Cup on 30th and 31st October, and the Melbourne Cup on 3rd November. Things haven't been confirmed yet, but I hope that I will have a few good rides which I will let you know about here of course.


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