Ryan Moore: The verdict on my five Sunday rides at Curragh
After racing in the US on Saturday evening, Ryan Moore heads straight to Ireland with five booked rides at Curragh. Here's his exclusive take on the chances of each...
Curragh 13:35 - Circus Maximus
The stable have three newcomers in here, two Galileos and a War Front. They are all likely to improve markedly for their debuts but I ride Circus Maximus, by Galileo out of a very smart 1m Group 2 winner in Duntle, who just missed out at the top level. So 7f looks a good starting point for him.
Let the rain come another day
Curragh 14:05 - Lost Treasure
We haven't seen him since he only beat two home in a soft-ground Naas maiden over 6f last October. That ground wouldn't have been ideal for a War Front, so hopefully we can expect a better run here, if the rain holds off.
He certainly has the pedigree to make his mark in this sort of grade, as a starting point, but I don't know much about him at the moment.
A hard one to call
Curragh 14:35 - Zagitova
Aidan's three all have the pedigrees and come here from their maiden wins, so it is hard to split them, if truth to be told. And all of them would have to improve to trouble the likes of Skitter Scatter, Viadera and Lady Kaya, to name but three.
But I liked Zagitova when I rode her to finish second on her debut at Newmarket - and Peach Tree also gave me a good feel when winning here last time, even if the placed horses have been beaten since - and she certainly didn't look to have gone backwards when bolting up at Cork last time.
Most of these have the potential to take a big step forward, given their profiles, so it's a difficult Group 2 to call.
Curragh 15:05 - Anthony Van Dyck
He clearly didn't show too much on his debut but, as is usually the case, Aidan's juveniles tend to come on a bomb for their opening outings and Anthony Van Dyck has blossomed very quickly.
He went on to win his maiden at Killarney by a wide margin and I was very impressed when getting on him for the first time at Leopardstown last time. He beat a good maiden winner of Jim Bolger's with some ease there in that Group 3, and I think he's very nice.
Has a chance
Curragh 15:40 - Deauville
National Stakes winner Verbal Dexterity is the interesting one here on his reappearance, and fellow 3yo Ming didn't run at all badly in the Secretariat last time, but Success Days and my colt Deauville are solid older horses.
My ride ran okay in the Arlington Million last time, if not quite up to his best, and he clearly has chances if running his race here.