Ryan Moore: Exclusive views on my Sunday rides at Curragh
It's over to the Emerald Isle for Ryan Moore on Sunday as he rides seven runners on a busy afternoon at the Curragh. Here are his thoughts on them all...
"He comes here with a good and improving profile. He didn't run badly in the French Derby but he has progressed as he has stepped up in trip on his last two starts, and showed a good attitude when winning the trial under a 5lb penalty here last time."
Broadway is getting better all the time
14:35 - Broadway
Eziyra is the one we all have to beat after her Yorkshire Oaks third. Broadway has a fair bit to find with her but she ran a career-best when third to Beautiful Morning over course and distance last time, and she has each-way claims. She is getting better.
Quick ground will suit strong contender
15:05 - Sioux Nation
Aidan has three credible contenders in here, but I think Sioux Nation is the best if he is on his A-game. He was when winning at Naas earlier in the season and when fifth in the July Cup, and he won't be far away if reproducing that Newmarket run. He hasn't in his last two starts, but he won the Phoenix here last season and I just hope the ground is okay for him. He clearly prefers it quicker.
More to come from promising Zagitova
15:40 - Zagitova
Skitter Scatter probably boasts the best form of the home team after her Debutante win and she is progressing really well, but the likes of Main Edition and Beyond Reason are also Group winners and they have probably run to a similar level. The same is probably true of Just Wonderful too, though. She didn't run her race at Ascot and we were a little bit disappointed with her here next time, but she got back on track with a very fluent Group 3 win over a mile last time, where Thursday's Doncaster winner Fleeting was back in third. I ride Zagitova, who finished third to Skitter Scatter last time and has the best part of three lengths to find with the winner here. But she has progressed on each of her three starts, and there is more to come, too. She should run well.
Smart colt is our number one
16:15 - Anthony Van Dyck
Quorto looked very good when winning the Superlative Stakes from our Cape Of Good Hope, and Aidan also runs some very able 2yos like Richmond Stakes winner Land Force in here. But we obviously think Anthony Van Dyck is our number one, even though Christmas ran him to half-a-length, with Mohawk back in third, in the Futurity over course and distance last time. I was very happy with my colt there though, and think he had matters more firmly in control than the winning margin suggests. He's very smart. Then again, you have to really like the way Christmas is progressing with his racing.
Good attitude will stand this runner in good stead
16:50 - Flag Of Honour
He had the option of Doncaster but he comes here with a good and improving profile. He didn't run badly in the French Derby but he has progressed as he has stepped up in trip on his last two starts, and showed a good attitude when winning the trial under a 5lb penalty here last time. You have to respect all of his opponents, most obviously Idaho and Latrobe - the Irish Derby winner is probably the one to beat - but he has a lot to recommend him, too.
Hot runner can get in the money
17:25 - Hot Team
He was a little below par when third at Ffos Las last time, though he was carrying a penalty there, and probably ran to a higher level when chasing home Persian Moon at York and winning at Newbury. It is quite clearly a very competitive race for the valuable sales prize - Flashcard has been impressive in his two starts to date and could be the one to beat - but hopefully he can get into the money.
Step back in trip will suit my final ride of the weekend
18:00 - Lucius Tiberius
He didn't shape that badly in midfield over 1m here last time, and the step back in trip will suit. He was dropped 2lb for that run last time and he would have claims in this competitive handicap on the evidence of his earlier victories here over this trip here and at Leopardstown. Ideally, he would want it quicker, though.