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Ryan Moore: The verdict on my five rides at Doncaster on Saturday

Ryan has five runners at Doncaster on Saturday
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Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore has five rides at Doncaster on Saturday. Here he gives us his exclusive thoughts on them all...


"I haven’t ridden him, only against him, but he certainly looks to be progressing well with his racing, as so many of Aidan’s do. He obviously learned a lot from his Curragh maiden win on good ground when chasing me home in the Beresford Stakes in very testing conditions last time, where I thought the first three home were all decent prospects in their own right."

- Ryan on Yucatan

13:35 Doncaster - Laurence

I have never ridden him and all I know is what the form books tells me, and that says that he comes here after a consistent spell of runs at and around this trip. In fact, two of those runs were over course and distance, and the only downside is that he has been upped 2lb for his fifth in the Silver Cambridgeshire last time, which seems a touch harsh to me. But if he runs his race again hopefully I won't be far away, though his draw in 19 is not ideal.


14:05 Doncaster - Khafoo Shememi

The form of his 6f debut win on the July course worked out well and, even though he was a beaten favourite over 7f at Sandown last time, that was an improved performance as he was giving weight to the front two. He steps back down in trip here and hopefully that will suit, though he needs to improve a bit to win this, I would have thought. Then again, this is only his third start, so obviously he can.


15:15 Doncaster - Wrangler

I rode him on his comeback run after a long lay-off at Windsor earlier in the month, and he ran okay to an extent. He may have been beaten a fair way but that was his first start for over two years. He has been dropped 2lb for it and is now 2lb lower than when I rode him to win at Haydock two seasons ago, but he has a bit to prove now, and he would greatly benefit from any rain. He looks best on soft ground.


15:50 Doncaster - Yucatan

I haven't ridden him, only against him, but he certainly looks to be progressing well with his racing, as so many of Aidan's do. He obviously learned a lot from his Curragh maiden win on good ground when chasing me home in the Beresford Stakes in very testing conditions last time, where I thought the first three home were all decent prospects in their own right.

It rode like a good race, too, even in that ground. Yucatan is clearly an improving colt - and a beautifully-bred one, too, being out of Six Perfections - who will probably appreciate the return to better ground, and he is one of a number of horses in here with a winning shot. It is probably not the strongest Racing Post Trophy I've seen, but Salouen was second in the Lagardere and horses like Royal Lodge runner-up The Anvil and Rivet all have chances if coming back to their best. I think I have a favourite's chance, though.


17:00 Doncaster - Novoman

Hasn't run a bad race in his five starts to date, and I hope he makes it six here, and that will be good enough to get home in front. He looked a very unlucky loser when second over 6f at Pontefract last time, so I suppose something like his 5lb rise was inevitable in the circumstances, and let's hope that he still can be competitive off this mark. The step back up to 7f is clearly not going to be a problem and he must have a leading chance.


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