Ryan Moore: The verdict on my three Sunday rides at Curragh

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Ryan Moore (above) rides three at the Curragh on Sunday
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Fresh from his Saturday night escapades in the US, Ryan Moore travels to Curragh in Ireland to ride three runners on Sunday afternoon. Here are his thoughts on their chances...

Newcomer faces tough introduction

15:00 - Pink Dogwood

Usual story, I am afraid. I know she is a very well-bred newcomer - a full-sister to Irish Derby winner Latrobe - and there is also speed in her pedigree, so this 7f is a nice starting point for her trip-wise. However, she clearly meets winners and, in Lady Kaya, a filly with smart placed form to her name, so it's a fairly tough introduction. She could easily be up to it, and we will see soon enough.

High hopes for improving colt

15:35 - Sergei Prokofiev

Advertise is clearly the one to beat in here. He finished a neck in front of my horse in the Coventry and then was impressive in the July Stakes. But I'd say I have a decent enough chance of overturning the Ascot form with him. Things didn't pan out ideally for my colt there, and Sergei Prokofiev is a big, scopey individual who is improving with experience, and one who I would imagine will progress again. He is one I rate. Indigo Balance may be better than he showed in the Coventry and Aidan has also another three in here - and So Perfect's Curragh win has been franked by the runner-up since - so Advertise could just be vulnerable.

Spirit Of Valor needs to produce his best. But will he?

16:10 - Spirit Of Valor

A tricky little Group 3, but Spirit Of Valor is probably the one to beat at his best. He wasn't far off that when beaten just two lengths at Goodwood last time, and he ran similarly well behind Merchant Navy here in May. He also won his Group 2 here, over 7f, and he doesn't carry a penalty for that success. But it is hard to be confident in these types of race.

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