Ryan Moore: Le Don De Vie has attractive profile for Cambridgeshire

Ryan Moore riding Ten Sovereigns
Ryan winning at Newmarket on Ten Sovereigns in July

Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore discusses his six rides at Newmarket on Saturday, including Le Don De Vie in the Cambridgeshire at 15:40...

15:40 - Le Don De Vie

"I am drawn in 33, so hopefully I am on the right side. I can't really influence that but Le Don De Vie certainly has a pretty attractive profile for this race."


A mile should suit him

13:50 - Year Of The Tiger

There doesn't look to be a clear form stand-out in here, though I suppose Solario runner-up Kameko probably holds that title as it stands. In fact, he is definitely the one to beat. It's a fair race though, and I did like Surf Dancer when I rode him to finish fifth on his debut in that good race at Ascot won by Mum's Tipple. Our three have similar form claims and I ride Year Of The Tiger, who we haven't seen since his very disappointing run in the Superlative Stakes in July. He is clearly much better than that, and the form of his earlier, wide-margin Naas win worked out very well with the next three home winning on their subsequent starts. A mile should suit him well.

Up against it

14:25 - Tango

Etoile clearly did superbly to win a Group 3 on her debut back in May but I ride Tango, who didn't run too badly over 7f in the Moyglare last time. She clearly needs to improve a fair amount to get close to Raffle Prize, Lowther winner Living In The Past or the French filly Tropbeau - she looked good at Deauville last time - but I think the step down to 6f is in her favour and hopefully the first-time blinkers, replacing the cheek pieces, can sharpen her up, too. She is up against it on what she has shown to date, though.

Ready for a proper race

15:00 - Monarch Of Egypt

We have two good horses in here, and there is very little between them, but I am not in the least bit surprised that neither feature in the first three in the betting. Earthlight is very good, and Siskin and Mum's Tipple are similarly unbeaten, and this looks a proper Group 1. I couldn't split the three. I rode Mum's Tipple last time and you had to be mightily impressed with what he did at York, where the style was backed up by the substance of the clock. But horses can put up those kind of form and time performances when dominating from the outset, and he will probably have to do it in a different way altogether against some Group 1 juveniles here. Anyway, I liked Lope Y Fernandez last time and I would have happily ridden him or Monarch Of Egypt, who has ¾ length to find with Siskin on their Phoenix Stakes run. I expect my colt to do better, though. Being honest, I think Earthlight is the probably one to beat, but I'd give Threat a shout, too. It's a proper race, this.

15:40 - Le Don De Vie

I am drawn in 33, so hopefully I am on the right side. I can't really influence that but Le Don De Vie certainly has a pretty attractive profile for this race. He obviously changed hands for a lot of money after his Epsom win and then improved upon his Goodwood fourth, after a break, when stepping down to 1m2f at that track last time. It was only a four-runner race but the form looks strong with the second running well in defeat next time and the third winning at Yarmouth, so I think he could still be fairly treated off a 5lb higher mark.

Needs to kick on

16:15 - Love Bracelet

She hasn't really gone on from her promising Curragh debut in May, including when stepped back to maiden company over 5f last time. Hopefully, she is a slow-burner though and certainly her pedigree suggests this extra 2f will suit her, being a daughter of the Irish Oaks winner Bracelet.


16:50 - Dutch Painting

She has progressed in each of her starts, and she beat a well-supported newcomer at Goodwood last time. And given the runner-up won so well next time and took her chance in the Rockfel, you'd have to think that a mark of 79 may underestimate her a bit. We shall see.

Read past articles