Ryan Moore: The verdict on my Sunday runners at Ascot
Ryan takes the reins on another six rides at Ascot on Sunday as the Betfair Weekend comes to a close. Here are his thought on the Sunday sextet...
"Dutch Masterpiece will probably have to be Group class be winning this off 104, but he is a horse we have always rated. Five furlongs on a straight track should be ideal for him and he comes here in good form after wins at Chester and Newmarket. Confidence would increase if the ground is riding on the easy side at race-time."
I don't know too much about the horse, I am afraid. But the stable continues to churn out the 2yo winners at a decent strike rate, and this one is a Dubawi half-brother to a few winners, including Middle Club, who won a Group 3 race over 1m at 2yo for the stable a few years back. His pedigree does suggest he will need further than 6f in time though, so hopefully he has the pace here.
Won at Ripon on his reappearance but has proved disappointing at Hamilton and Windsor on his last two starts. The only upside of those efforts is that he has come down 5lb in the weights, and he has shown some form at this track too. The more rain the better for him, because he is a horse who shines in the soft.
I haven't ridden him before but he looks a pretty straightforward horse to assess. He is in form, trip suits, and is effective on any going. In fact, I was quite surprised to see him dropped 1lb after a fair third at Chester last time. He should run his race, and that could be enough I suppose.
Don't know much about the horse other than what the form book tells me, namely that he came back to form with a win at Nottingham on fast ground last time and he is up 4lb for that. But the runner-up won next time and, if the ground does deteriorate, he does have form in the soft, too. So he has chances.
This looks a winnable maiden but she will probably have to have stepped up from her two juvenile efforts over 7f to be winning this. Looking at her breeding, the longer trip today should suit but she may need 1m2f+ to show her true potential. But this doesn't look a great race.
He will probably have to be Group class be winning this off 104, but he is a horse we have always rated. Five furlongs on a straight track should be ideal for him and he comes here in good form after wins at Chester and Newmarket. Confidence would increase if the ground is riding on the easy side at race-time.