Ryan Moore: The views on my three Sunday rides at the Curragh

Ryan Moore has three booked rides at The Curragh on Sunday afternoon
Ryan Moore has three booked rides at The Curragh on Sunday afternoon

Ryan Moore is now fully back in the swing of race riding after his two month injury absence and here the Betfair Ambassador talks exclusively about his three rides at the Curragh on Sunday afternoon...


Curragh 14:50 - How High The Moon

"The drop back down to seven furlongs should be fine for her, and I am hoping that she will run well."

Curragh 14:20 - Hit It A Bomb

Hit It A Bomb is a nicely-bred colt, by War Front out of Liscanna, who won the Group 3 Ballyogan Stakes over six furlongs as a three-year-old. Liscanna's half-sister, The Bogberry, won a Group 3 race over 10 furlongs, so seven furlongs should be well within range for Hit It A Bomb on his racecourse debut.

This maiden was a good race last year, with Saturday's Cambridgeshire favourite Portage beating this year's Britannia Handicap third Sacrificial into second place, and the pick of the horses with form looks to be the Jim Bolger colt Theodorica. He is a Teofilo colt who finished third behind Lieutenant General on his debut last month, and then finished second behind Unicorn - who runs in the Beresford Stakes today - over a mile at Leopardstown a week later. The drop back down to seven furlongs should suit him, and he is the one we probably have to beat.


Curragh 14:50 - How High The Moon

How High The Moon is a nice filly. A daughter of Oaks runner-up Quarter Moon and a full sister to Diamondsandrubies, she was impressive in winning her maiden at this venue on her racecourse debut last month.

She was beaten when favourite by her stable companion Kind Of Magic in the Listed Flame Of Tara Stakes over a mile on her next run, but she finished off her race well. She should improve again for that. The drop back down to seven furlongs should be fine for her, and I am hoping that she will run well.

This is often a good race. It was won last year by Oaks winner Qualify, and two years ago by My Titania, and there are several interesting fillies in here. Anamba and Coolmore - Gleneagles' sister - finished first and second in the fillies' maiden at Leopardstown on Irish Champions' weekend, and there shouldn't be much between them again here. They both look like highly promising fillies, and both are dangers.


Curragh 15:55 - Beacon Rock

Beacon Rock progressed well from his racecourse debut last month to win his maiden over this course and distance four weeks ago. He was being niggled along from a fair way out that day, but he showed lots of courage to get up and win on the line in a bunch finish.

He is going to have to improve from that if he is to win a Beresford Stakes, but that was just his second race ever, and he should come on for it. He is a really well-bred colt, by Galileo out of Oaks runner-up Remember When, a three-parts sister to Dylan Thomas. He is bred for middle distances, but Beresford Stakes winners often improve for stepping up in trip the following season.

Aidan has won the last four renewals of this race, and five of the last six, and Beacon Rock's stable companions, Unicorn and Port Douglas, are players. So is True Solitaire, who finished second to the talented Johannes Vermeer in a Group 3 race on Irish Champions' weekend, and in front of Thursday's Sommerville Tattersall Stakes winner Sanus Per Aquam. It's an interesting race.


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