It's the middle day of the Cambridgeshire meeting and Ryan has a full book of rides on Friday's ITV4-televised card. Get his exclusive thoughts
"I ride St John Lavery, who is not the most straightforward on occasions. He proved hard to keep on the straight and narrow at Leopardstown last time, so in the circumstances he probably did very well to finish so close. He is talented though, relatively unexposed after just six starts and the rain is a plus for him."
She ran no kind of race in soft ground at Haydock last time but she has had a good break since and her earlier efforts give her a decent chance in this grade. She was very impressive when winning an Ascot handicap off 87 and then may not have got the run of the race when fifth at the same track in Listed company next time. The Haydock run is worrying, and the ground may have turned against her here, but they tell me she is in decent form at home now.
She was another filly to run nowhere near her best last time, proving very disappointing at York. Whether it was the easier surface there, I don't know - and it was her first start for two months, too, which may have been more of an issue than the ground - but quite clearly her earlier second in the Ribblesdale gives her strong form claims.
There are some promising fillies in here, and the well-related Lightening Quick did well to pick me up on the line on her debut at Leopardstown earlier this month, but Nyaleti clearly sets the form standard going into the race and is a filly I like. And Gavota has looked good, too. Seamie has been on board for all of Butterscotch's runs to date and the filly has progressed with each start, following up her maiden win with a second to Clemmie at the Curragh last time. Being a Galileo, the step up to 7f looks sure to suit and you have to be hopeful of a good show, and the recent rain looks to be no problem for her.
St John Lavery
I was very impressed by Beat The Bank when I rode him to win at Goodwood last time and, to be honest, I think he could be hard to beat. But he doesn't have that much in hand form-wise, as it stands anyway, and Aidan has two against him. I ride St John Lavery, who is not the most straightforward on occasions. He proved hard to keep on the straight and narrow at Leopardstown last time, so in the circumstances he probably did very well to finish so close. He is talented though, relatively unexposed after just six starts and the rain is a plus for him. This looks a good race, with Zonderland a proven Group 2 horse, Mustashry is improving and is in decent form at home, and the top South African gelding Whisky Baron has to be respected as well for all that he may have wanted better ground. I think Beat The Bank is the one we all have to fear, though this is a decent Group 2.
Coat Of Arms
You never know what you will bump into in these Newmarket maidens, and a fair few of the bigger yards have newcomers in here, as well as horses who have shown ability in maidens. None have shown a level to match Coat Of Arms' second in a Group 2, though, and he will find life easier here than in the National Stakes last time. It will take a decent horse to beat him if he is at his best - and a bit of ease in the ground suits him well - but there could easily be one or two of those in here.
Frontiersman is the obvious form choice and first-time blinkers could well suit him. Uele River has to improve a lot if he runs to form - in fact, she has a fair bit to find with most of these - but at least she looks to have a run a career-best when winning a Listed race in France last time and hopefully the step up to 1m4f will bring about more progress. This will probably be the easiest ground she has raced on by the looks of it.
I quite liked him when I rode him at Goodwood last time, where he finished a fair third in spite of not being totally at home on the soft ground. And he may not have seen out the 1m2f trip in those conditions too, so I think the step back down to 1m1f on what will hopefully be better ground, despite the rain, will suit. He is lightly-raced and there are possibilities about him off a mark of 93 here.