Ryan Moore crosses the English Channel on Sunday to take up three booked rides at Longchamp. Read the Betfair Ambassador's exclusive thoughts here...
Ryan Moore on Gale Force Ten;
"He must be right up there formwise on his juvenile efforts - he wouldn't be that far off Olympic Glory - but the big question mark is whether he will get the 1m today."
13:30 Longchamp - Festive Cheer
Has a fair bit to find on Timeform ratings, but at least he is deemed worthy of their big "P". He didn't show a lot on his Curragh debut but he left that form behind in no uncertain terms when winning at Dundalk next time. Joseph (O'Brien) was quite taken with him there, it seems, and he deserves to take his chance in this grade. The trip is an unknown but hopefully he should stay ok, being by Montjeu - even though the dam was more speed than stamina - and he is certainly entered in all the right races. Aidan clearly has his 3yos in top form.
14:08 Longchamp - Gale Force Ten
I rode him when he disappointed in the July Stakes. But he ran a couple of cracking races against Reckless Abandon last season, and was only beaten two necks by him and Moohaajim in the Group 1 Middle Park. He reappeared to win well at Dundalk last month, albeit that was a pretty uncompetitive listed race over 7f. He must be right up there formwise on his juvenile efforts - he wouldn't be that far off Olympic Glory - but the big question mark is whether he will get the 1m today. We will see, but we look well drawn in five.
14:40 Longchamp - Melbourne Memories
Flotilla is probably the horse to beat in here if able to reproduce her Breeders Cup Mile Juvenile Fillies Turf win. But, as you can see, this is a 20-runner race full of unexposed and progressive fillies, ridiculously competitive, and a race in which luck in running will clearly be crucial. My mount Melbourne Memories is probably going to be one of the outsiders here, especially with her stamina to prove. But she is well drawn in four, did well at two and reappeared to run a promising third to Maureen over 7f in the Fred Darling. Any rain will suit her, but she has to improve over the extra furlong to win this, and that's look a big ask to me.