With a Craven Stakes winner under his belt, Ryan Moore goes into the Finals Day of the inaugural £1m All-Weather Championships in confident mood. Here are his exclusive thoughts on all five of his rides on Good Friday...
17:20 Lingfield - Grandeur
"We are better drawn in 2 today, which will hopefully allow me to ride the race I want, rather than one forced on me. If he does run up to his best, then I think that he will prove too good for these."
14:20 Lingfield - High Time Too
I have ridden her to win on her last two starts over 1m at Kempton, and she did it well on both occasions. Is one of the highest-rated horses in here, so fully deserves to take her chance, but the obvious concern is the step back down to 7f, as she has never raced over this short a trip, even on her debut as a juvenile. But she acts well enough around here, is progressive and hopefully this will be a strongly-run race which will bring her stamina into play.
14:55 Lingfield - Sir Robert Cheval
I think it is pretty clear that Ertijaal is the one to beat in this, even if he doesn't have that much in hand on official ratings, as I imagine there is plenty more to come from him. But he only beat Sir Robert Cheval by just over two lengths at Lingfield last time, where my mount didn't get the best of runs, and I have place chances. And if Ertijaal doesn't run his race or gets into trouble in running - which is often par for the course around here - then I am one of six or seven who will be fancying their chances.
16:05 Lingfield - Valbchek
I believe that he went over to Dubai in the winter but didn't race there as he met with a problem, and I also gather that he had a slight setback with an abscess last week. But all is presumably fine with him now, and he is the sort of horse who will relish a strongly-run race here over 6f. Indeed, he is two from two at the track, including here last time. I rode him to win at Newmarket a couple of seasons ago and I know that he can be a tricky customer, but he has blinkers on to help keep his mind on the job, and he has each-way chances. I think Stepper Point and Tarooq are the two to beat.
16:40 Lingfield - Grey Mirage
I rode him for the first time here over 7f last time and he won pretty decisively in what was I think a course record time. It could be that he is best in a fast-run 7f, but he has form over this longer trip, and I think that he is probably the horse to beat today, even if his draw in 12 is not ideal and we will need luck in running. But this is clearly a very competitive race with a lot of depth to it, and I do fear Sirius Prospect in particular.
17:20 Lingfield - Grandeur
My best ride of the meeting and, to be honest, I think that he will win. Of course, you have to forgive him a poor run here last time, but I think that we simply used up too much petrol to get him into contention from his outside gate and he paid the price. We are better drawn in 2 today, which will hopefully allow me to ride the race I want, rather than one forced on me. If he does run up to his best, then I think that he will prove too good for these. His Grade 2 wins in the States and some of his form in this country, including over this trip here, are clearly the best on offer, as are evidenced by the official ratings. Dick Doughtywylie is the one I fear most.