Ryan Moore has three rides on the Kanvesmire on Thursday afternoon as the Dante meeting continues at York, and here the Betfair Ambassador gives his exclusive views on the chances of each...
"He clearly needs to improve to beat some much higher-rated opposition, notably Roaring Lion, and prove he is effective on quick ground, but he is a brother to Found and a decent prospect in his own right."
- Ryan Moore on James Cook
Work been good but should come on for the run
She got taken out of Goodwood earlier in the month but conditions will be fine for her here. Her form tailed off towards the end of last season but all her better performances have come on quick ground, with her stand-out effort being her neck second to Coronet in the Ribblesdale. She has had her wind done since last season, and her work has been good leading into this, and she has chances on that Ascot run. I suspect she will be better for the run, though, and it's a competitive enough Middleton.
Decent prospect but improvement needed today
I was happy with his comeback run behind Crossed Baton at Epsom and I would expect him to be a lot sharper for the run, too. Other than that, there isn't a lot to say really. Obviously, he is a colt with very few miles on the clock, and the placed horses franked the form by running well in defeat in the trials at Chester. He clearly needs to improve to beat some much higher-rated opposition, notably Roaring Lion, and prove he is effective on quick ground, but he is a brother to Found and a decent prospect in his own right.
Quick ground a positive but not so the extra 3lbs
He was a very capable juvenile, finishing seventh in the Middle Park, and he did it well when winning over 5f on the Del Mar undercard back in November, when just touching off Sound And Silence. A reproduction of that form should see him thereabouts, and the quick ground is a positive. The 3lb penalty is a nuisance, though, in such a tight race.