Ryan Moore: The thoughts on my five rides at Epsom this afternoon

Ryan Moore has five booked rides at Epsom today
Ryan Moore has five booked rides at Epsom today

There's a competitive looking card at Epsom this afternoon and Ryan Moore has some good chances amongst his five booked rides. Here you can read the Betfair Ambassador's exclusive thoughts on each mount...

14:50 Epsom - Our Channel

"He beat a fair maiden by 8 lengths at Beverley on his final start, is obviously open to improvement and hopefully it is significant that William puts him in here, rather than off 85 in handicap company."


14:20 Epsom - Red Runaway

Went off the boil a bit after winning at Chester last May but took advantage of a slipping handicap mark when winning for me over 1m2f at Lingfield earlier in the month. Did that well, and a 5lb rise for that win looks fair enough, and he looks to have a decent chance in an open race. The step back up in trip won't be an issue, and there was cut in the ground when he won at Chester. Sat on him at home last week, and he seemed in good form.


14:50 Epsom - Our Channel

On official ratings, Hartnell is the one to beat in here even with his 2lb penalty, and the recent rain is very much is in his favour as he is proven in the soft, including in the Group 1 Criterium on his final start. But he meets any number of unexposed horses here, including three once-raced maiden winners from top yards, and my mount is clearly open to a lot of improvement, too. He beat a fair maiden by 8 lengths at Beverley on his final start, is obviously open to improvement and hopefully it is significant that William puts him in here, rather than off 85 in handicap company. But he isn't a guaranteed stayer on breeding, and he does have plenty to find on form.


15:25 Epsom - Rock Choir (NON-RUNNER)

Is 12lb higher than when winning a Newbury handicap last July, but went on to show improved form when third in a decent listed race at Salisbury, before her form tailed off a bit on her final two starts when they dispensed with the hood that she wore for her best performances. I think it was always thought that she would make a better 4yo and that was certainly the case with her sister Chorist, who went on to Group 1 success after showing a similar level of ability as a 3yo. So that gives you more encouragement. She is unproven on soft ground, but she is by Pivotal, and Chorist handled it well, and the hood is back on today. But this is a very tough and competitive race, and will take plenty of winning, and I am bit surprised that she has been made favourite, to be honest.


16:00 Epsom - After The Goldrush

This looks a bit of a guessing game, as so many 3yo maidens are at this time of the year, but this doesn't look a great race and you'd have to give him a fair shout with Richard's horses continuing in good form. He didn't build on his debut second at Salisbury, including when I rode him at Goodwood next time, but he has shown a level of form that entitles him to consideration in a moderate race. And maybe a gelding operation over the winter has helped, too, but I think we all have D'Avignon to beat.


16:35 Epsom - Black Caesar (NON-RUNNER)

Is proven in soft ground, so Monday night's downpour has probably helped his chances, and he made a fair reappearance when third in a decent Lingfield handicap earlier in the month. His breeding doesn't suggest that the step up in trip is necessarily in his favour and I suspect there are one of two better handicapped horses in here, but I guess that we will find out today.


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