Ryan Moore: The verdict on my Sunday runners at The Curragh

Ryan rides four at the Curragh on Sunday
Ryan rides four at the Curragh on Sunday

The Debutante Stakes is the highlight of Sunday's racing in Ireland and Ryan Moore will be on board Aidan O'Brien's Happily in the big race. Read his views on the two-year-old filly's chances, and his other three rides here...

"September and Happily look the form pair"


Aidan runs four newcomers in here and, as ever, all have the pedigrees to shine. We have a Camelot, two Frankels and a War Front, so your guess is as good a mine as to who comes out in front here, especially on their debuts when they won't be fully wound up. My mount Threeandfourpence is a brother to Brave Anna and Hit It A Bomb, both winners in the top grade at two.


Theobald, second to The Pentagon at Leopardstown last time, and the progressive Camelback set a decent level for Aidan's trio to aim at. And all of them certainly have to step up to beat Theobald. But, of course, they all have the potential to do so, and hopefully I am on the right one. Berkeley Square, who was beaten by Theobald earlier in the season, Coat Of Arms and Rostropovich have all probably shown a similar level of form to date. I ride the latter who followed up his Gowran Park win with a third to Camelback last time - he also finished behind that one when I rode him on his debut in May - and I can see him getting closer to the winner today, possibly with the first-time tongue-tie helping.


He is up against some progressive types, but my colt sets the form standard going into this Group 3. He clearly didn't run his race when last in the Windsor Castle but he posted his best effort yet in the Phoenix Stakes last time. Okay, he only beat one home but he wasn't beaten far in that Group 1 and that represents the single best piece of form in here. And hopefully first-time blinkers will help sharpen him up, too, as he steps back down to 5f.


I imagine they'll be some pretty disappointed faces if Aidan doesn't provide the winner of this race. Magical may not have looked overly-impressive when beating Mary Tudor last time, but they did pull five lengths clear of the third (and the fact that the runner-up is also in here suggests they think she is smart), and she gave me the feel of a very good filly on her debut.

And then we have the proven class horses Happily and September. This has always been the target for Happily after her impressive five-length win for me in a Group 3 at Leopardstown last month, and September's defeat of Nyaleti in the Chesham is probably the strongest piece of fillies' juvenile form on show this season after the runner-up bolted up next time. I genuinely wouldn't be surprised if any of the three won - and I mean that - but September and Happily look the form pair, with the former's Ascot run the stand-out effort so far. Happily wouldn't be far behind her at all, though, and she has had the benefit of a more recent run than the Royal Ascot winner. These are three good fillies, and it will be good to see them all again before the Moyglare.

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