Ryan Moore: Thoughts on my seven rides on day one of the Craven meeting

Ryan has seven runners at the Craven meeting at Newmarket on Tuesday
Ryan has seven runners at the Craven meeting at Newmarket on Tuesday

Ryan Moore has seven runners on day one of Newmarket's Craven meeting on Tuesday. Here, he gives Betting.Betfair his exclusive thoughts on their chances...

"Split Twilight Son and Magical Memory at York in June and is probably the horse to beat in here on that form, off just a 2lb higher mark. And his record also suggests that he goes well when fresh too, having won on his debut and first time up at three."

Grandad's World

14:10 Newmarket

Golden Reign

I haven't sat on her so I don't know much about her to be honest. She doesn't hold any big-race entries but I wouldn't read anything into that and this is only a maiden after all, even if one or two have shown a fair level of form and Dufay is bred to be a lot better than she showed at Lingfield first time up and Swiss Range showed promise, too. My filly is obviously not lacking in the pedigree department either, being a Champs Elysees half-sister to Golden Horn and a full-sister to the 1m2f Listed race winner Eastern Belle. Hopefully the fact that William booked me suggests she is not lacking ability and he has his horses in good form, as per usual. But there are any number of unknowns in here.

14:45 Newmarket

Chief Whip

He looked a good prospect when winning at Sandown last year and I see that he holds an entry in the Irish 2,000 Guineas. I haven't sat on him, but hopefully he is a good ride to pick up. He is a Giant's Causeway half-brother to a couple of decent horses and the form of his Sandown win has worked out well. Quite obviously a lot will depend on how forward he is, and just about all the opposition has a similarly unexposed profile, so I don't think many will be going into the race confident of success, though Tabarrak and Mohab appear to set the form standard.


15:20 Newmarket

Grandad's World

Split Twilight Son and Magical Memory at York in June and is probably the horse to beat in here on that form, off just a 2lb higher mark. And his record also suggests that he goes well when fresh too, having won on his debut and first time up at three. But I don't know about his levels of fitness this time around and it's a 14-runner sprint handicap, so anything is possible, and being drawn 13 of 14 could also be a negative, too.

15:55 Newmarket

Ventura Storm

This race has really cut up at the overnight stage, and I imagine that connections of all four will be fancying their chances to varying degrees. He beat a decent sort in his maiden on the July course and followed up in impressive fashion in the soft at Salisbury. He beat only one home in the Lagardere but didn't get the run of the race that day in a messy contest and was beaten only 5 lengths anyway. I'd give him a fair shout but, like some of the earlier races, there are clearly unexposed and promising types in here who are all likely to step forward.

16:30 Newmarket

Coolmore

Illuminate looks the form horse in here even with her 3lb penalty, and obviously Nathra has a strong form chance, too. I imagine that they will top the betting, even in what looks to be a pretty strong race depth-wise for a Nell Gwyn and one which features some lightly-raced and likeable types. Coolmore wouldn't be in the top rank of Aidan's 3yo fillies on what we saw last season but she is still a 106-rated Group 3 winner in her own right and you don't underestimate the trainer when it comes to getting more improvement out of his youngsters in their second season, and especially one as well-bred as Coolmore. The 7f may be a touch on the sharp side for her but this race is a good starting point for a promising filly. This does look a strong Nell Gwyn, though, and it will take plenty of winning, with the likes of First Victory, who impressed me when winning the Oh So Sharp Stakes, another exposed contender. In fact, I would say that First Victory and Nathra would be my idea of the likeliest winners in here.

17:05 Newmarket

Commodity

Is a well-related Dutch Art colt who will undoubtedly benefit from the experience, and there are two or three in here that set a fair form standard, although not an insurmountable one by any means. Commodity took a while to come to hand last season, and wasn't trained much as a result, but he is ready to start now. But I'd say that he will need the run and inexperience here.

17:40 Newmarket

Speed Company

This race is usually won by a horse with about 10lb in hand and you don't have to be a genius to work out that there are several likely candidates in here. Hopefully I am on one of them and it sounds like John Quinn was, and hopefully still is, a big fan of the after horse after his wins at Musselburgh and Ayr. The trip is an unknown for him but there looks to be plenty of stamina on the dam's side, so hopefully that won't be an issue. It is just a matter of what trainer has left the most up his sleeve here, and in the past there have been some subsequent Group winners beaten in the race off low marks. I remember seeing Mutawaaly win at Wolverhampton last season and being impressed. Maybe that form isn't the strongest but I wouldn't underestimate him off a mark of 85.


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