Ryan Moore: The thoughts on my six Saturday rides at Kempton

Ryan Moore has six booked rides at Kempton today
Ryan Moore has six booked rides at Kempton today

On a busy Easter weekend of racing Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore has six booked rides at Kempton this afternoon and here you can read his exclusive thoughts on each...

16:35 Kempton - Championship

"Championship was always very well-regarded by the Hannon camp last season and won his maiden at Newbury well, only to disappoint when upped to Group company. But I know that he has been working really well in preparation for this, and I would expect him to run well."

13:45 Kempton - Be Bold

Escalating went off favourite for the Brocklesby, so he is presumably thought better than he showed there, and you have to respect the Godolphin newcomer Colour Catcher the way their horses are going. But Be Bold ran a pretty promising race when fifth at Newbury last week, will hopefully have learned a fair bit from that, and is drawn ok in four.


14:55 Kempton - Zurigha

This looks a pretty strong listed race, but I think the one we all have to beat is Zibelina. She was a little disappointing at Sandown on her last run but she had previously looked a filly going places when winning her first three starts, particularly when beating me at Ascot. She and my filly Zurigha are both rated 109, but we have to give her 3lb and that makes life tough.

But Zurigha is clearly very smart on her day too. She is two from two at the track, including first time up last season, and probably signed off with her best effort - well, it was probably at least on a par with her French 1,000 Guineas fourth - when winning a Newmarket listed race for me in September, so I have plenty of reasons to be hopeful.


15:30 Kempton - Sea Shanty

Hit form early last season, including first time up, when winning his first three starts but went up 18lb in the handicap as a result. Obviously struggled a bit after that but continued to run well, and seemed to act ok around here when fourth on his final start. Doesn't look obviously well treated off 91, but should run his race and has a definite each-way shout.


16:00 Kempton - Queen Of Ice

This is a very disappointing turn-out for a 20k race but that is obviously good news for my mount Queen Of Ice, who won a 7f Newmarket maiden on the soft at the back-end. I don't think it was the best of maidens but you can't argue with a debut win and everything about her pedigree suggests today's mile, and further, will suit. She will clearly have to improve to beat Midnite Angel off levels though, as that horse is rated 13lb higher than her after solid placed efforts in Group 3 company last year, but obviously that is more than possible after just the one start.


16:35 Kempton - Championship

God Willing is the form horse after not being beaten far in Group 3 company last season and he is rated 16lb higher than Championship, but I think it will be a lot closer between them than those marks imply. Championship was always very well-regarded by the Hannon camp last season and won his maiden at Newbury well, only to disappoint when upped to Group company. But I know that he has been working really well in preparation for this, and I would expect him to run well. This isn't a two-horse race though, as there are clearly some unexposed maiden winners in opposition, too.


17:05 Kempton - White Nile

Is up 7lb from a convincing success in a handicap over course and distance last week, and that seems fair enough. This looks a stronger race but my horse has thrived for stepping up in trip - as you would expect of a Galileo out of a Darshaan mare, as that's as good a cross as you can hope for - and is progressive, so I have to be hopeful.


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