Ryan Moore has seven booked rides on 2,000 Guineas Day including Sole Power in the sprint and War Command in the big race itself. Here you can read the Betfair Ambassador's exclusive thoughts on all his mounts...
15:10 Newmarket - Gospel Choir
"I have an obvious each-way chance back up in trip but a fit Trading Leather will take all the beating here, surely."
14:05 Newmarket - Bold Sniper
Although disappointing on his final start at Goodwood, he progressed into a decent middle-distance handicapper last season, following up his third at Royal Ascot with a win off a mark of 93 at the same track. Quite clearly, the big issue for him today is the drop down to 1m1f and that may be far too sharp for him. But he won over 1m2f at Leicester and shows a fair bit of toe at home, so we are trying him over this trip on his first start of the season to check out our options. We left the hood off when he ran below-par at Goodwood, but that is back on today, and obviously with 19 runners, this promises to be a strongly-run race, which would be in our favour. I am not sure a draw of 17 is though, and I think he may just need the run as well.
14:40 Newmarket - Sole Power
Is the highest-rated horse in here, won this race last season and will love the ground if it is riding on the fast side of good. As we have seen when he has won the Nunthorpe and King's Stand in the past, he is a proper Group 1 sprinter on his day and he ran well on both his starts in Dubai for me in March. As the race panned out, he had little chance from stall 2 in the Al Quoz last time, but he was only beaten 2 ½ lengths, so that was a good effort. This is clearly a very competitive race though, with the unexposed Pearl Secret, Moviesta and speedy 3yo Hot Streak perhaps the biggest dangers.
15:10 Newmarket - Gospel Choir
Rather like with Bold Sniper in the opener, we ran Gospel Choir over 1m1f in the Earl of Sefton first time out here last month to see where we stood with him and to set him up for the season. And I have to say that he surprised me in finishing so close in fourth, given that he looked all over a 1m4f horse last season. But let's not go overboard with the run. Yes, he ran a very promising race but the second and third home, French Navy and Fencing, put the form into perspective when beaten at Ascot on Wednesday, and there was certainly nothing approaching the class of Trading Leather in the Sefton. And Arc fifth Penglai Pavilion is rated 118 as well. I have an obvious each-way chance back up in trip but a fit Trading Leather will take all the beating here, surely.
15:50 Newmarket - War Command
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16:25 Newmarket - Eastern Impact
I imagine that he didn't run up to expectations when only sixth at Thirsk on his comeback. But he has at least come down 2lb in the handicap as a result, and he looks fairly treated off a mark of 91 on his third to Rizeena in the National Stakes at Sandown last season. I am not sure how the draw in 12 will pan out though, and this is his first try at 6f as well, but I have a pretty good record when riding for Richard. He only looks to have an outside chance though, as one or two of these could be pretty well-handicapped.
17:00 Newmarket - Bremner
Looks to have been very progressive last season and he must look the part too, as I see that he changed hands for 280,000gns at Tattersalls in October. Has joined Hugo Palmer from Kevin Ryan, and he needs to have improved to take a hand in the finish today, as Cloudscape's handicap win here last time has been firmly franked by the runner-up - he looks the likely winner to me - and there are a few higher-rated horses than him in here as well. But obviously there is scope for a lot of improvement in my mount, so let's see how we get on.
17:35 Newmarket - Lyn Valley
Won his maiden over 6f here last season and ran well when fifth in a valuable sales race over 1m2f at the course last time. A mark of 93 looks fair enough but there are two or three in here who are likely to prove better handicapped, such as Born In Bombay.
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