We have a high class afternoon or racing at Newmarket on Saturday, and Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore has six booked rides on the card...
Looks to be on a fair mark
13:10 - Mr Trick
I rode him on his debut at Newbury when he didn't show a great deal to be honest, but he was gelded afterwards and he obviously ran a much better race last time, even though he swished his tail a couple of times late on, so he probably still isn't entirely straightforward. I wouldn't say he was thrown in off 80 here, but it looks a fair opening mark on the evidence of the run last time.
Step up in grade shouldn't deter chances
The form of his win over an extended 1m at Galway could have worked out better - though the third has come out and won since - but what that showed us is that this half-brother to Free Eagle is likely to relish the 1m2f trip and he won't be inconvenienced by the ground. The stamina element should not surprise as he is also a full brother to the very smart stayers Search For A Song and Falcon Eight, and you have to be positive about his chances, for all he steps up in grade.
Deserves to be among the favs but we like Maximal also
14:20 - Van Gogh
Van Gogh has leading form claims on his Group 2 second to Cadillac at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend. He didn't have to run up to that form when pretty much making all at the Curragh last time, and I think he is fully entitled to be among the favourites here. It's an open race and I obviously know Maximal very well. He only did what he was entitled to at Sandown last time, having earlier finished a good runner-up to One Ruler, who he meets again here, in a very strong maiden at that track. He has pleased us since and we think he has earned a crack at Group company, for all his form to date gives him plenty to find with a few of these.
Quality race but we're on an upward curve
14:55 - Wembley
This is a Dewhurst full of quality and numbers, and you don't need me to tell you that the likes of Chindit, Thunder Moon and Alkumait all have leading form claims, and there a fair few dangerous floaters like Etonian and Poetic Flare who have been doing their winning at a lesser level. There are big dangers wherever you look.
But our two colts are up there form-wise on their placed National Stakes efforts behind Thunder Moon. St Mark's Basilica was due to run in France last weekend and we hope there is plenty more improvement in him after just the four starts, and he will handle the ground. You go into this race with your eyes wide open to the task in hand, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if he was involved in the shake-up. The same comments apply to my mount Wembley, who finished a short-head in front of him in that Group 1 at the Curragh last time. He will handle the ground and is on a big upward curve, too.
Tough race but we have place claims at least
16:15 - Jovial
She is another for whom this will probably the softest ground she has raced on. She was a little disappointing when I rode her at York back in July but she ran much better when fifth at Newbury last time. I think she has place claims here on her Haydock run in the summer, but one or two in here could be tough to beat, though the form horses do carry penalties.
We like him and there should be more to come
16:50 - Highest Ground
We obviously haven't seen him since his second in the Dante back in July, but there have been no major issues with him. He probably shaped like the best horse in the race at York and we are keen to get another run into him now. Again, the softer ground is an unknown but he has already run to a level that should see him be very competitive here, and you would hope there is more to come from him after just three starts. He is a horse we rate and he doesn't lack pace for the step down to 1m1f, though this is a decent Group 3.