Ryan Moore: My thoughts on Snow Sky and the rest of the Melbourne Cup opposition

Can Ryan pilot Snow Sky to a Melbourne Cup win?
Can Ryan pilot Snow Sky to a Melbourne Cup win?

Having landed the Bill Shoemaker award for best rider at the Breeders' Cup and then winning the Criterium at Saint Cloud on Sunday Ryan is in rare form ahead of the 2015 Melbourne Cup. Here are his thoughts on his ride Snow Sky, and the rest of the field at Flemington...

"Snow Sky has a lot of weight, but he is a classy horse, he has won the Yorkshire Cup and the Hardwicke Stakes this season. He has pace, he stays at least a mile and six furlongs well, and this two miles at Flemington could suit him."

It has been a busy few days. Hit It A Bomb was very good in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland on Friday. He did well to come from as far back as he did from his wide draw to win on ground that he didn't really enjoy.

I was delighted for Found, I was delighted that she was finally able to win the big prize that she deserved as a three-year-old. It had been a frustrating season for her up until Saturday, when she won the Breeders' Cup Turf. She did really well to battle as she did through the final furlong, to beat a top class colt in Golden Horn.

Gleneagles just hated the track in the Classic. He just couldn't get hold of the dirt. I knew from early in the race that it just wasn't going to be his day.

Then at Saint-Cloud yesterday, Johannes Vermeer was good in the Criterium International. He handled the ground well, he's tough, he has a really willing attitude, and the drop back down to seven furlongs was never going to be an issue for him.

It's off to Australia now, where I ride Snow Sky in the Melbourne Cup. He didn't run badly in the Caulfield Cup on his prep run. He had an inside stall and it looked like he was travelling well turning for home, but he had nowhere to go and they swept around him into the home straight. He ran on then to take fifth place. It wasn't a bad run and it should bring him forward. That was his first run since the King George.

Snow Sky has a lot of weight, but he is a classy horse, he has won the Yorkshire Cup and the Hardwicke Stakes this season. He has pace, he stays at least a mile and six furlongs well, and this two miles at Flemington could suit him.

There is a strong European challenge. Bondi Beach's St Leger form with Simple Verse looks even stronger now, since the filly went and won the Group 1 Fillies' and Mares' Stakes at Ascot on British Champions' Day. Bondi Beach was racing for just the third fifth time in his life in the Leger, and he continues to progress.

Aidan's other representative Kingfisher was unlucky in the Ascot Gold Cup, he didn't have much racing room up the home straight but still finished second. He has been trained for this race since.

Trip To Paris is the Gold Cup winner, and he ran a big race to finish second in the Caulfield Cup on his Melbourne Cup prep run. That was over a mile-and-a-half, and he stays so well that he should improve for the step back up to two miles.

Max Dynamite was an impressive winner of the Lonsdale Cup on his last run, and he has a big chance, while you can never discount Red Cadeaux in the Melbourne Cup. It is amazing that he has finished second in the race three times from four attempts, each time without having had a prep run in Australia.

Fame Game is a worthy favourite. He has strong form in Japan over a mile-and-a-half and two miles, and he ran a nice race in the Caulfield Cup on his prep run, staying on strongly to take sixth place, just behind Snow Sky.

Preferment was beaten in the Cox Plate on his last run, but he had won the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on his previous run, and his Cox Plate run should have brought him forward for the Melbourne Cup.

Almoonqith was impressive in winning the Geelong Cup last time. He really couldn't have done it any better than he did. This is a deeper race, but he has a big chance, as has Criterion, who ran well for a long way in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, when he raced a little keenly. He won the Caulfield Stakes back in Australia in early October and he ran a big race in the Cox Plate to finish second behind Winx.

Sky Hunter has a chance, Hartnell has a chance, The United States has a chance. It is a wide open race, but I am hopeful that Snow Sky can run well, despite having to shoulder top weight.

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