It's Sun Chariot day over the Rowley Mile at Newmarket and Ryan has rides in six of the seven races on the card. Get his verdict on that sextet here...
"For all that I respect the opposition - the French fillies Volta and Ervedya have a chance at their best, and good South African mare Smart Call is said to be working well - I think Alice Springs will take a lot of beating if in the same form as Leopardstown."
A mile is a good starting point for this colt who has plenty of stamina in his pedigree. His dam won over 1m5f and comes from an excellent middle-distance family. He has showed us a fair bit of ability at home and holds a Derby entry, but he is probably more of a three-year-old prospect and I imagine he will need the race here and as everyone knows we don't give the two-year-olds a hard race first time up. If they are good enough, great, and a few from the stable have been this season.
Her one poor run on turf has come on fast ground so any more rain wouldn't bother her one bit. Whether or not she needs it soft I am not sure - there was some rain here on Thursday morning - but she is in form and ran well in defeat off this mark at Hamilton last weekend, so she has each-way claims.
I haven't ridden her before but she clearly hasn't run a bad race all season and doesn't mind whatever the weather throws at her. She may not have gone on from her third in the Sandringham first time up as Ed may have liked but she certainly hasn't been running badly, and the handicapper has dropped her 3lb for a below-par run at York run last time. She is now only 1lb higher than for that Royal Ascot third, so she is weighted to go well at her best.
While she has form on soft, she has disappointed on it recently, including in France last time. But if it remains on the fast side, or simply decent ground, then you have to give her a fair shout, as she had looked progressive before that on a quick surface and her second to Chain Of Daisies in a Listed race at Salisbury reads pretty well and a mark of 102 is fair enough on that run.
She was seriously impressive for me when beating Persuasive easily in the Matron Stakes last time. I know that some people think there was an advantage to coming wide and down the middle at Leopardstown - and there may have been - but she won in the manner of a top-class filly, regardless of any track bias or not.
There were excuses for her in France when disappointing the time before and that latest win was another big step forward from her Falmouth win, which was also decidedly useful. For all that I respect the opposition - the French fillies Volta and Ervedya have a chance at their best, and good South African mare Smart Call is said to be working well - I think she will take a lot of beating if in the same form as Leopardstown.
He has something to find on official marks but he looks to be going the right way at least. He may have been beaten at odds-on at Windsor but the horse that beat him went on to win a Newbury nursery for me next time and he showed a good attitude to win a 7f Goodwood maiden last time. Hopefully, he has a fair each-way chance.